Mt. Mac Trails

6 Aug

Thanks to the hard work of the Whitehorse Trail Crew, the Youth Achievement Center and Contagious Mountain Bike volunteers, there are all sorts of new trails at Mt. Mac just waiting to be ridden.  Unfortunately, there is no map of these trails (yet).  In order to solve this little problem, I have created the world’s most ghetto bike map.  It is not accurate in length – BUT is accurate in location, including entrances and exits.  It is meant only as a resource for people to use if they are wondering how to get to the new trails.

I’ve tried to color code it with RED showing the trails from previous years that were already on the map; and ORANGE for the new trails. (Click on the photo, then click on “View all Sizes” on the top right, you can get a larger version)

Please note that these are NOT the official names, just names that people/I have been using informally.  The official map will have the official names once they have been decided.  Until then, I’m using the names just for the simplicity of explanations.

Sierra's Ghetto Mt. Mac Map

Here is some general information about the trails.  All the trails (except Bouncing Bunny) are bi-directional.  There is a simple rule you can follow – it’s always more fun when you’re going down.  But, guess what – you’ve got to get up somehow, so suck it up buttercup and  make those legs burn.

Below is  the Twitter (140 characters or less) version of the Mt. Mac trails:

Porcupine Ridge – VERY slight uphill going towards Best Chance.  Fun singletrack that takes you along the ridge.

Peak Freans – Great bermy trail that heads down from the 7.5 km Trail and links into Porcupine Ridge.

Mouchet (also called Tristan’s Trail) – Amazing bridgework – fun in either direction, but slightly more downhill heading towards Rocky Canyon from 7.5 km.

Fetish – Takes you up from Rocky Canyon, or down from Birch.  Cool trail gap, and fun skinny (if you are heading down)

Reimer Reason – Takes you down from Sarah Steele to Fireweed Hut.  Cool boulder drops (rolls if you are me), when you’re heading down.

Calypso Canyon – Takes you down from Falun Lookout to Fireweed Hut.  Some fun drops, including a rock gap; and great berms.

Rebirth – Bermy Trail that climbs from the end of the 24 Hours Loop to Falun Lookout.

24 Hours Loop – Beautiful ridge trail that is completely bidirectional.

Bouncing Bunny – Best ridden down from Sarah Steele, just like the name – bouncy.

 

How do you link them together?  Here are some fun rides:

Big Mac Attack: Dirt Jump to 7.5 km, down Peak Freans to Porcupine Ridge.  Follow the Ridge all the way up Upper Valley, down Katima Trail and Logan’s Run.  Get onto 24 Hours of Light, climb Rebirth to Falun Lookout, down Calypso Canyon, up Reimer Reason, turn left on Sarah Steele to Bouncing Bunny.  Down the Bunny, turn right on the 10 K, take a SHARP right up Birch, turn left on Fetish, down Upper Rocky Canyon, up the bridge on Mouchet and back down to the Dirt Jump park.  This is about 30 km (I think)

Snow White:  Dirt Jump to 7.5 km, down Peak Freans to Porcupine Ridge.  Follow the Ridge all the way up Upper Valley, down Katima Trail and Logan’s Run.  Get onto 24 Hours of Light, climb Rebirth to Falun Lookout, down Calypso Canyon, up Reimer Reason, turn Right on Sarah Steele.  Go down Sarah Steele onto Rocky Canyon (take an almost immediate left to do Upper Rocky Canyon and Mouchet or head straight for the Dirt Park).  Why is it called Snow White?  Mirror Mirror on the Wall, what’s the best route of all?  This trail can be ridden exactly in the opposite direction, especially if you prefer berms to drops.

Appie – Dirt Park to 7.5 km turn right and head up Mouchet.  Turn up Fetish and then take the left up Birch, at the second Sarah Steele crossing, turn right down Sarah Steele and onto Reimer Reason.  Go down Reimer Reason all the way to Fireweed Hut.  Turn right at Fireweed Junction down the 10 km.  Ride the ski trails to Rebirth, and turn right up Rebirth.  Then down Calypso Canyon, back up Reimer Reason, and down the other side of Rocky Canyon.

These are only 3 of the rides I like, and don’t even take into consideration the possibilities when adding in Goat Trail.  Have fun!