Comfortably Numb - Whistler, BC.

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Opinion. A superb technical ride that is mostly at the blue and single black diamond level. Everything is rideable for the good rider, but expect to get off your bike every now and then if only to take a break. Weaker riders will find this grueling, while stronger riders will find it delightful. Yet its relentless in a good way. The trail really works the land well, has some nice structures on it, some rock slab riding, and is very aesthetic. It mostly travels through lovely forests, but has occasional views. I rate it as one of the great 'must do' cross-country biking trails; certainly one of the great rides in the Whistler/Squamish area.

Fact. Once biking, just follow the trail until you reach Whistler. Its almost impossible to get lost on it. There is only one well-signed junction with another trail just before the major bridge, which you can take if you don't want to do the whole ride. There is also a signed halfway marker and emergency shelter at the 12km mark. The only (minor) confusion is near the very end: you will come onto a frisbee golf area where you should just look for and follow the signs to stay on comfortably numb. Don't get sucked into going straight down the crappy golf trail.