There’s tons of mountain bike trails in Whistler. The difficulty is deciding which one to ride first! We have something for everyone: from MTB first-timers to hardcore loam addicts. Plus, thanks to the Whistler Valley Trail, everything is so accessible!
We asked team Nita for their favourite mountain bike trails in Whistler and here’s what they came up with –
You can access AM/PM via the Lower Microwave Tower Access Road, which is located at the Cheakamus parking lot beside Highway 99 in Function Junction. The trail is just under a kilometer and graded black.
It features technical rock features connected by fast flowing berms and occasional (optional) jumps. I really enjoy it because it’s easy to lap, and a great way to spend a couple of hours – especially after work. It links up with other Cheakamus trails including Farside and Riverside (both greens), which are ideal for warming-up/cooling-down.
If you’re feeling full of beans, keep on the access road to reach Duncan’s (It’s Business Time). This trail is also a black with the option to keep left and eventually ride AM/PM to finish off.
This one’s really easy to access from Nita Lake Lodge. Simply use the train station elevator, cross the rail bridge and ride through Nita Estates to access Alta Lake Road and Stonebridge Estates. On Stonebridge Drive, right before a creek crossing, the Danimal trail winds away on your left.
Danimal Middle is one of the older mountain bike trails in Whistler but it’s definitely a favourite among locals. It flows almost 1.5km and is graded blue.
I like to combine Danimal Middle with Industrial Waste via the Flank Trail. It snakes along the foot of Sproatt Mountain and gives really great views across to Whistler Blackcomb.
If I’m looking for more of a challenge, I like to ride Moose Knuckles, which is a double-black trail. This one’s very steep and technical with some nice rock drops.
I’m still fairly new to riding, and I find Lost Lake Park is perfect for beginner to intermediate mountain bike trails in Whistler. Most trails in Lost Lake are two-way, which means plenty of options for looping and finding new routes.
This year, I’m challenging myself with some more technical blues and Pinocchio’s Furniture is so much fun. As the name alludes, the trail is packed with woodwork features – bridges, rollers, and berms. Access it via Tin Pants and Donkey Puncher for a nice little cardio workout.
My advice would be to save Pinocchio’s Furniture for a dry day; the wood features can be slippery when wet.
I’m a big fan of Whistler Bike Park, and I really like the Creekside trails. 2020 is a tricky year because lift restrictions means that there’s no uploading from Creekside, however it’s easy enough to upload in the Village and traverse across.
Earth Circus is one of my go-to mountain bike trails in Whistler. It’s graded blue and is one of the newest additions to the Creekside zone.
It features some awesome berms, which link nicely together, as well as fast rollers, and lots of hidden opportunities for small air. I particularly like the setting – deep in Whistler’s old-growth forest, passing waterfalls and with views of the valley.
I live in the north of Whistler and so I quite often ride the trails at Rainbow Estate. Delineator is quite a nice one – Blue, 1.5km with a bit of everything. I also like Sh*t Happens, which can be accessed from around the corner at Emerald Estates. It’s a really fun black trail – rocky and technical.
Want to prolong the fun? Access Sh*t Happens via Big Kahuna to enjoy some awesome rock slabs (also graded black)
New To Mountain Bike Trails In Whistler?
June 29th marked 2020 opening day of Whistler Bike Park – the World’s largest – which is the gem in the crown of an already expansive network of mountain bike trails in Whistler. We’re sure you’ll want to get involved but if you’re not from the area it can be pretty daunting. Here are our tips on getting out on two wheels this summer.