Squamish is located just a fifty minute drive down the scenic Sea to Sky highway from Whistler. The self styled “Adventure Capital of Canada” is a must ride location for any mountain biker and its diversity of trails combined with its network of forestry access routes suits both All Mountain and vehicle shuttle assisted Freeriders.
There are three main areas of trails:
- The Valleycliffe and Crumpit Woods trails, which are single track, stream bed, rock face and woodland trails.
- The Mamquam Forest Service Roads which are active logging roads that deliver amazing views of the Mamquam Glacier and harbour some of the gnarliest downhill and freerides around.
- The Garibaldi Highlands Trails which connect to Alice Lake Provincial Park, consisting of the abandoned original Squamish rail track and a wide path for an easy ride.
On the Garibaldi Highlands trail network you can find some nice fast flowing descents combined with a lot of slower twisty technical stuff, the most popular being Entrails and the recently re-worked Don’t Tell Jude.
There is also a vibrant freeride scene in Squamish. Trails feature log rides, skinnies, jumps, drops, teetertotters, and ladder bridges.
Mountain Bike Magazine has rated Squamish as one of the top 25 wildest and exotic places to ride in the world. The Powersmart trail is listed as one of the top 10 single track trails that are a MUST ride.
Each June, the town hosts the Squamish Mountain Biking Festival and the epic 67km cross-country race, the Test of Metal, which includes 1,200 meters of climbing and 35km of technical singletrack. Entries are capped at 1000 riders. If you’re competitive by nature this is one event you’ve got to enter, entries open on New Year’s Day and sell out within hours. There are several other races and mountain biking events held in Squamish over the summer.
Squamish, which boasts nine Provincial Parks is surrounded by spectacular scenery including the World’s second largest granite monolith, the Stawamus Chief, and is located on the edge of the shores of the Howe sound.