Home of the Greatest Flow Trail Ever!
If you are one of those people who daydream while watching mountain biking videos in the off season, you are most likely familiar with the swooping trails of the Diamond Head area in Squamish. If there was a Disneyland for mountain bikers, this would be it.
One of the most famous trails of this area is Half Nelson, a fast downhill flow trail that seems to go on forever. Not only does Half Nelson feel like a « choose your own adventure » roller coaster, but it takes you through epic coastal rainforest decor. The picturesque and thrilling nature of this trail justifies its international reputation, and its choice as a destination for pro riders for years.
The area has a lot to offer aside from Half Nelson. As the trail system is organized around Mamquam Forest Service Road, it is easy to organize shuttles to maximize your time on the trails. For those who prefer to sweat their way up, climb trails are also accessible to reach the top of the hill.
A popular combination for shuttlers is Meadow of the Grizzly followed by Pseudo-Tsuga, which offers over 5km of fast flowy descent!
Just like in the real Disneyland, however, be prepared for crowds. Especially on weekends, this area can get quite busy, and parking, albeit abundant, can sometimes be a challenge.
The trails in Squamish are all expertly maintained by the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association. Consider giving them a donation to support all the great trail work that they do.