British Columbia – Part 1 of 3 – Squamish

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During my longterm bikation I spent about five weeks in British Columbia, Canada. I had ridden in this area several times in the past but felt that I needed to spend significant time here to fully experience and appreciate the trails that are offered. I am very confident in saying that the best trails that I have ever ridden are in this part of the world. This blog post will be a three piece series. Each part will be on a different area of trails in the southwest BC area. The first will be on Squamish.

Squamish is about an hour north of Vancouver on the Sea-to-Sky Highway and is the ‘Outdoor recreation capitol’ of BC. It is a great spot for kayaking, kite boarding, mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, and I’m sure a bunch of other sports I’m not as familiar with.

I have ridden Squamish several times, usually as a warmup ride to a week at Whistler. In the past we would stick with doing a few laps on Half Nelson and then continue on the road up to the Bike park. Instead I decided to do some more pedaling and explore the area a bit more. See the below Strava map for my exact route.

I decided to ride the Sea to Sky Enduro course. This consisted of about 3500′ of climbing and some great descending down some ‘typical’ coastal climate BC terrain. Lots of roots, great dirt and some fun and grippy rock moves.


Squamish has some of the most scenic trailbuilding in North America.


Lots of places to park and camp as well. Drive up the fireroads until you find a good spot! Below is a video I posted a few years ago of the view from our campsite.

campsite in Squamish, B.C. from justin fer on Vimeo.

Below is a video documenting the building of Half Nelson and Full Nelson. Some of the most progressive trails in the world. This trail is rad because it is a flow trail that is awesome for both beginners and experts. All trail builders should ride before they invest time and money into building their own trails.

Other than Half and Full Nelson there are countless other trails to checkout. Angry Midget is a great Enduro/DH race type course that has lots of mellow fall line technical trail to shred fast and hold tight. If you are looking for steep gnarlier terrain then I would check out 19th Hole (which can be shuttled). For more mellow rooty turny technical stuff I would check out Recycle.

The great part of Half Nelson is the access. You can easily bust out quick pedal laps in less than 45 minutes (if you are enduro enough ;) ).

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