Squamish: Where to go for your first mountain biking experience
I’ve been slow on updates with everything in life for the past two weeks, and so nothing has been getting done. My apologies.
So last weekend was jam-packed with mountain biking action for me. On Saturday morning we drove up to Squamish and bought a map from Tantalus Bike Shop of the local trails. They were quite friendly there, and not at all standoffish like some of the shops I’ve been to more locally. We were scouting trails for a trip that the husband wanted to do with his work – a kind of Introduction to mountain biking for his co-workers who haven’t tried it.
There was much climbing done – not so steep that we had to get off the bikes and walk it, but I would guess that we were riding uphill for nearly an hour and a half before we decided to turn around. It was actually a nice climb, and a good warm-up. I must be getting into better shape, because I wasn’t nearly as exhausted as I thought I would be when we reached the top.
Turning around was when the fun part started.
We were actually riding part of the Test of Metal track (a 67km cross country race held yearly in Squamish.) The first section we rode was a fantastic winding dirt singletrack called Rob’s Corners – it was like nothing I had ridden in Vancouver to date. The second part, Cliff’s Corners, was more of the same winding switchbacks near the power line trail we had ridden up.
There was more fast, wide trail all the way back down to where we started. I don’t usually get to go very fast on the trails we’ve been frequenting, since they’re usually of a more technical (read: difficult) nature than our Squamish ride. I had a fantastic time, however, and for an introduction to mountain biking, I would highly recommend some of the trails in Squamish.