Day 21: Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike ride - (Squamish, BC) + Whistler XC Loop

 
 
 
 
 
  

 

Mamquam Forest Service Road Mamquam Forest Service Road Mamquam Forest Service Road

Today I decided to go and ride down in Squamish. I stopped off at Tantalus Bike shop and bought a map of the local area. I said that I was going to ride Ring Creek Rip & Powerhouse plunge the shop recommended that I didn't do it because of the long road climb, and gave me some alternative suggestions which sounded good. But I decided to do it anyway, so I drove over to the Mamquam Forest Service Road and parked. Before starting to ride along the service road up towards the start of the Ring Creek rip trail.

Mamquam Forest Service Road
Mamquam Forest Service Road - riding up
As I rode along the road I met up with two chaps from Colorado, and we all climbed steadily up the road. The gradient on the road was quite steep in places and granny gear was used liberally.
Mamquam Forest Service Road There were some great views as we rode up the road, after the road dropped down to the rider it climbed up again and eventually came to 9 mile bridge. Mamquam Forest Service Road

Mamquam Forest Service Road

9 mile bridge - we couldn't hang around here as there were lots of mosquito's here

Doubletrack heading up - video

From the bridge the trail started to narrow and climb steadily upwards

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Ring Rip Doubletrack heading up - video

The climb up was pretty demanding and the road surface was loose in places

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Doubletrack heading up - video

As we climbed higher the view from the trail were quite good

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Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail Finally after much climbing we reached the trail Head for Ring Creek Rip. This trail was good old fashioned point and shoot down hill mountain biking , and I probably went the fastest I'd gone on the holiday on my bike heading down the rip. Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

Ring Rip Creek was a blast , the trail wasn't that narrow but it was very fast, and had enough loose rocks and logs etc to keep you on your toes.

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Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

The trail was quite rocky in places, I almost washed at on one corner on the trail

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Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

I parted company with the other riders down the trail when one of them had a puncture

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There were a couple of old car wrecks along the trail, as the trail got closer to the junction to powerhouse plunge it got a bit smoother. And the forest got quite mossy. Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail

Final stretch of Ring Creek Rip

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Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail Ring Creek Rip Mountain Bike trail map
At the junction for the Plunge I decided to go and try riding the Plunge trail

Riding to the Plunge trail

The doubletrack trail climbed slightly to get to the powerhouse plunge

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Powerhouse plunge trail Powerhouse plunge trail Powerhouse plunge trail
Powerhouse plunge trail The Powerhouse plunge trail was pretty steep in places with with tight switch backs, it was a bit too much for me in places and i did push my bike a couple of times. But apart from a few sections I did ride most of it.

Powerhouse plunge trail

There were some section's of shore on the trail

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  Powerhouse plunge trail

Powerhouse plunge trail

Powerhouse Plunge singletrack was tight and twisty and fairly technical

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Powerhouse plunge trail

The Plunge trail wasn't all downhill, there was some climbing as well

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Powerhouse plunge trail

Ferny singletrack

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The singletrack eventually dumped me onto a dirt road which went past the power house, and I rode up the road back to the SUV, along the way Motor bikers went past my and covered me in a cloud of thick dust.
The ride I did today was great, the long ride up the Mamquam Forest Service road was well worth the fast ride back down Ring Rip Creek, and the Plunge trail was also pretty good.
Ring Rip Creek / Powerhouse Plunge Map
Ring Rip Creek / Powerhouse Plunge profile

 

I drove down to Squamish , taking in the views of Stawamus Chief where there are loads of Rock Climbing routes.
Stawamus Chief
Stawamus Chief
I stopped off at the Squamish Adventure Centre and the very helpful staff, gave me a map of the biking trails with some suggestions for good XC trails. Squamish Adventure Centre
view from sea to sky highway
view from sea to sky highway view from sea to sky highway view from sea to sky highway
I then drove back to Whistler stopping off at one of the view turn offs to take in the magnificent views.
  view from sea to sky highway view from sea to sky highway
Back at Whistler I decided to ride the route on the free mountain Whistler Valley Singletrack Map. I headed from my Condo to The Lost lake trails, and rode Dinah Moe Humm -> Tin Pants -> Pinocchios furniture ->Dwarf Nebula -> Toads of the short forest -> Gee I like your pants. On my last run through the Lost lake trails I rode nearly everything which was a big improvement over when i first wobbled along on the shore stuff.

Lost Lake trails Singletrack

Nicely groomed lost lake singletrack

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

The Lost lake trails were great to ride Pinocchio's furniture

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

More lost lake singletrack

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

Riding Toads of the Short Forest

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

End of Gee I like your pants trail

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I then rode past green lake and along the the 99 until just past Nesters supermarket I headed right to get to cut yer bars. Cut yer bars was fantastic singletrack that went up and down and weaved in and out of the trees.

Cut Yer bars Singletrack

Heading up Cut yer Bars Singletrack

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

More Cut yer Bars Singletrack climbing

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Lost Lake trails Singletrack

Fast single track descent on Cut yer Bars trail

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I tried to go and ride A river runs through it but had to cut my ride short as it was very dark under the trees and I couldn't see where I was riding. This route was definitely one that all XC riders should do if they visit Whistler, I wish I had done it as my first ride when I had arrived at Whistler. Back at the Condo I used the hot tub , cooked my dinner and then packed up my bike ready for going home the following day.
Map of days ride
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DAY 22