The North Shore, or “The Shore” as many of the locals like to call it, is a mountain bikers dream. It is the birth place of “free riding”, showcasing the extreme and exhilarating nature of the sport. With technical features, roots and rocks that will keep you gripping your handlebars to incredibly designed flow trails that will have you ripping through the trees, The Shore has something for every level of rider!
The Shore is predominantly comprised of two main mountains, Mt. Fromme and Mt. Seymour that are maintained and being expanded upon by the North Shore Mountain Biking Association (NSMBA) Whether you are new to the sport or a veteran rider there is no shortage of trails to hit up for an evening or weekend ride.
Got an hour or two? Here are some tried and true trails you must check out!
Distance: 759 m
Descent: 118 m
Average Ride Time: 4 min
Description: This flow trail is the perfect ride for any beginner. With big berms, fun wooden features and smooth packed gravel, Bobsled is a great introductory trail that is fun for any level of rider. With its close proximity to the parking lot it will have you riding back up for a second lap!
Distance: 1.3 km
Descent: 214 m
Average Ride Time: 10 min
Description: Kicking It up a notch from Bobsled, Espresso is a trail that flows through the forest with nicely designed berms that keep you cruising around every corner. With the mandatory woodwork spread through the ride, it is recommend for more experienced riders. Spice up the ride with the optional tables, roll downs and some pretty big but smooth rock rides!
7TH SECRET (Intermediate/Advanced)
Distance: 955 m
Descent: 163 m
Average Ride Time: 9 min
Description: While the climb up mountain hwy is not for the faint of heart, this North Shore classic is worth the trek. With a variety of trail features from ladders, jumps, bridges and an iconic log ride, this trail is a mixed bag of flow and tech. Extend the ride through Lepprd, Crinkum Crankum, and Kirkford to round out this epic ride and will take you right back to the parking lot!
JOHN DEER (Intermediate)
Distance: 1 km
Descent: 172 m
Average Ride Time: 6 min
Description: This flowy single track trail is a fun descent with A-frames, bridges, drops and jumps to keep things fun. With these optional features, it is a great place to work on your riding skills but also allows you to just cruise. John Deer can be accessed through Good Sir Martin which is a newer climbing trail that makes the ascent up the mountain an enjoyable but heart pumping ride!
Distance: Pingu – 481 m, Pangor – 1.3 km
Total Descent: 228 m
Average Ride Time: Pingu – 2 min, Pangor – 14 min
Description: These trails kick it up a notch. With Pingu riding a little smoother, Pangor contains many difficult features from drops, rock faces and skinnies keeping you on your toes the entire descent. While there has been extensive work done on them over the years, these trails have kept true to the North Shore style of riding and are a fun lap for an evening on the mountain.
There you have it, a few of the must ride trails of the North Shore you will be glad you explored. If you are planning to head up the mountain, make sure you are prepared. Pack a small bag with an extra tube and bike pump (no one likes to walk their bike down the mountain) and plenty of water to keep you hydrated throughout. For any riders new to the area, make sure to download ‘Trailforks’ on your phone. Its trail maps and descriptions will keep you on track and help you plan your ride!
Sarah Van Noort
Professional Training Coach
IF North Vancouver