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(:title Mountain Biking - Cherry Picking on Road Trips :) This is a compilation of various biking trails worth doing as you drive through areas. I haven't done them all; many are just recommendations from friends that I hang onto.

Whistler

(as recommended by Adrain Zissos)

  • a day in the downhill park
  • Whistler Athletes’ Village (Function Juntion) to Brandywine Falls (and back!) on the new Sea 2 Sky trail. This is the exception to everything in Whistler – a superb, technically easy ride through the forest. Great views and some awesome, awesome cross country streaking.
  • Lost Lake park – you can spend forever in this park, with its endless options from super easy to fairly difficult technical riding. Right in the heart of whistler (and right out my back door)
  • River Runs Through It – the classic technical ride in Whistler, with all the tricks – bridges, teeter totters, little drops, big drops. You have to have your mojo running high to enjoy that, but it is awesome if you are “hot” that day ;-)
  • Comfortably numb, supposedly one of the real classics that can be done in two lengths.

Cache Creek Mountain Biking

Neil at Cache Creek Cycle Parts in Cache Creek loves to share info about the area (250-457-6610), neil@cachecreekcycleparts.com. They are developing several areas above town high up.

Here are directions to one area. The trip is short, only an hour.

  • From Cache Creek, go South on the Trans Canada several kilometers until the 4 way intersection at the top of the hill. Turn right. You will be heading toward the dump.
  • Drive on the main road, through the dump, and keep following that main road up and up. You will pass a cattle guard, and immediately on the other side there is a small clearing on the right, where it looks like there are some trails. But keep on going several more kilometers.
  • At 1142 meters elevation (~4000 feet), there is a small clearing on the right leading to a dirt road. Park there.
  • Cycle up road 1.5 km (to 1252 meters), where you will see a large meadow on your left, and a good single track trail on your right.
  • Cycle the trail. Follow the most prominent route past a few 'false' leads, where you will be cycling through forest and really nice meadows/pastures.
  • At some point, you will get to a meadow with a pond in it. Don't follow the trail that goes left (down, with deadfall on it). Instead, veer to the right side of the pond up through the meadows. The trail then gets more visible, until it hits a dirt road.
  • Follow the dirt road (go right at any junctions) which will lead you back to the parking spot.
  • Option: partway down the dirt road you will see a trail that goes to a fence line. I followed this for a bit, but not sure where it went. But it looks good!
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This is a compilation of various biking trails worth doing as you drive through areas. I haven't done them all; many are just recommendations from friends that I hang onto.

Whistler

(as recommended by Adrain Zissos)

  • a day in the downhill park
  • Whistler Athletes’ Village (Function Juntion) to Brandywine Falls (and back!) on the new Sea 2 Sky trail. This is the exception to everything in Whistler – a superb, technically easy ride through the forest. Great views and some awesome, awesome cross country streaking.
  • Lost Lake park – you can spend forever in this park, with its endless options from super easy to fairly difficult technical riding. Right in the heart of whistler (and right out my back door)
  • River Runs Through It – the classic technical ride in Whistler, with all the tricks – bridges, teeter totters, little drops, big drops. You have to have your mojo running high to enjoy that, but it is awesome if you are “hot” that day ;-)
  • Comfortably numb, supposedly one of the real classics that can be done in two lengths.
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(:title Mountain Biking - Cherry Picking on Road Trips :) This is a compilation of various biking trails worth doing as you drive through areas. I haven't done them all; many are just recommendations.

Cache Creek Mountain Biking

Neil at Cache Creek Cycle Parts in Cache Creek loves to share info about the area (250-457-6610), neil@cachecreekcycleparts.com. They are developing several areas above town high up.

Here are directions to one area. The trip is short, only an hour.

  • From Cache Creek, go South on the Trans Canada several kilometers until the 4 way intersection at the top of the hill. Turn right. You will be heading toward the dump.
  • Drive on the main road, through the dump, and keep following that main road up and up. You will pass a cattle guard, and immediately on the other side there is a small clearing on the right, where it looks like there are some trails. But keep on going several more kilometers.
  • At 1142 meters elevation (~4000 feet), there is a small clearing on the right leading to a dirt road. Park there.
  • Cycle up road 1.5 km (to 1252 meters), where you will see a large meadow on your left, and a good single track trail on your right.
  • Cycle the trail. Follow the most prominent route past a few 'false' leads, where you will be cycling through forest and really nice meadows/pastures.
  • At some point, you will get to a meadow with a pond in it. Don't follow the trail that goes left (down, with deadfall on it). Instead, veer to the right side of the pond up through the meadows. The trail then gets more visible, until it hits a dirt road.
  • Follow the dirt road (go right at any junctions) which will lead you back to the parking spot.
  • Option: partway down the dirt road you will see a trail that goes to a fence line. I followed this for a bit, but not sure where it went. But it looks good!