Get a great workout and day’s worth of adrenaline by hurling yourself down a mountain on two wheels. Here, Vancouver’s best mountain biking trails.
Warm up on the Gear Jammer before throwing yourself down Nicole’s Trail. Expect narrow routes and natural obstacles like roots – and rabbits. After the action, treat yourself to a meal – and a stellar view – at Horizons Restaurants. Gaglardi Way and Barnet Highway.
Scenic trails along the shoulder of the mountain attract cross-country riders, while downhill grinders opt for steep inclines like Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. You don’t want to pussyfoot on windy, muddy trials like C*** Buster and Severed Dick. Enter from Mount Seymour Rd., north of Mount Seymour Parkway.
High-speed rippers flock to this North Shore nail-biter for the single, double and triple black diamonds, including the Flying Circus built by Dangerous Dan. Beginners can bypass the ramps, ladders and teeter-totters by sticking to the green runs. Top of Mountain Highway.
Pacific Spirit Park
UBC’s park offers beginner-friendly cross-country trails through old-growth forest. Meander along Sword Fern Trail, which covers nearly the full length of the park, or challenge your glutes on the steep East Canyon. UBC Endowment Lands.
Downhill rippers who tire of the North Shore head to this Fraser Valley thriller to explore the maze of trails. Speedy rides like Time Killer and Noah Fear are good for a heavy dose of adrenaline. Batt Road off Upper Sumas Mountain Road.
Image courtesy of Courtney Nash.