Burnaby Mountain - TRAIL

Burnaby Mountain - Trail, Burnaby, British Columbia

Burnaby Mountain has some of the best trails in the Lower Mainland.

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Randall Isaac   [Jan 22, 1999]

See above

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Up Pandora, past the gas station to the left of the vegetable garden. Loop in the naheema park, around Mel's, down gear jammer, 1/2 hour along the lower trails then climb cardiac and back down Pandora. 2 hours

Similar Products Used: None
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Ruff   [Mar 02, 1999]

Burnaby Mountain is a nice long ride. It takes about 45min. to circle the mountain. It tecnically goes around the mountain nicely with some drop offs. Ride clock wise.At the end of the ride you'll end up at Horizons Restaurant. At the beginning of the trail,street called Discovery Rd.

Similar Products Used: The trails can be very muddy.
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Christian   [Mar 22, 1999]

Burnaby mountian offers trails for all skill levels. I just can't get enough of this mountian!! I suggest warming-up on Nanahoo(beginner). This trail offers easy cross country action with a few challenging obsticals to get the blood flowing. It ends with a cool wheelie drop & then a crank scratching drop-in off a bridge. Mel's Trail(intermediate) goes one step further, but nothing to bad. It breaks off into several other trails that will test all your skills Nicole's(advanced), The Snake aka:The Skidder(advanced), The Pipeline(advanced) & so on. If you stick to Mel's you'll survive, But what fun is that? By far my favorite trail is Nicole's. This trail keeps getting better and better. It has everything! Tight switchbacks, killer drop-ins, and a recent new addition NICOLE'S POLE! a 100'+ log ride & wheelie drop for dessert.
The only problem with these trails is that everybody knows of them, so expect traffic.

Customer Service

Drive to the top of Burnaby mountian to SFU campus. Park at the Shell Station ($3.00) cross campus to the trail opening of Nanahoo(sp?)

Similar Products Used: LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE!
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MO   [Apr 04, 1999]

I work at SFU. So I do ride the trails quite frequently. I ride up Joes and Cardiac. In the summer when it is dry I ride Mels/Nicoles and many others. But only in the summer. SFU if ridden far too much for everyones own good. There are quite a few places one can ride other then SFU.

SFU is such a small dinky little place to ride. The climbs are short (15 minutes) and the descents are even less. Why bother riding such a whole. If you drive (which most do) go to Belcara, Eagle Ridge, Blue mountain. Or heaven forbid the north shore trails.

Customer Service

Avoid riding here. And if you do ride only in the summer when it is bone dry nor socking wet/mud. Ride up the trails not the road. I cringe when I see the hordes riding up the road. Just don't do it.

Similar Products Used: If you want the best trails in the lower mainland go to Blue Mountain(McNutt). Here you can ride for days on end without repeating trails.
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Winston Byblow   [Apr 25, 1999]

Its great to see the comments about Nicole's trail. It is still one of my favourites- but I'm biased, I helped build it. Story time!

How many years ago (7 ?), the inaugural members of the BMBC (John Wakefield, Greg Sidebottom, Eric Crowe, Stephan Riek, Brad ?, some names that escape me, myself) started tinkering around with the idea of a new trail. We started from a path that led to an old fort where my colleague (Jim Moon, yes he was a "moonie") had lived on the mountain for a number of years (this was 1990!). He'd since "moved" (into his VW van) and the route was fair game. You can see some of Jim's old belongings not far from the start (just off Mel's). Past Jim's place, we got creative.

At a time when my PhD wasn't going so well, I spent a better part of a month just hacking away and working the top of Nicole's. Very therapeutic. Various members of the club (above) and others supported the effort- Tom Vrba & Paul Newitt come to mind. At one stage we thought we might hook up with the Snake trail but the terrain was too ambitious.

However, after the final steep section, the land leveled off and Greg Sidebottom took over. How many switchbacks can one guy make!? Greg did an excellent job working that whole bottom section- I'm not sure who if anyone helped him. For those who have ridden the trail, in case you hadn't guessed, Greg owned a Gary Fisher with a very short wheel-base.

In its first year or so the track was about 40% unrideable but we perservered. Dave Eades (Norco) really stepped up maintenance on the mountain at that time and later created some nice switch backs up top- we used to just free-fall! Greg and I always wanted Nicole's to be challenging EVERY TIME YOU RODE IT. Sounds like it worked.

I'm lucky if I get back to Vancouver once a year, but Nicole's trail is always on the agenda- followed by Anton's pasta!

The trail is named after Greg's daughter who was born while we were building it. By now, Nicole must just about be ready to try out her trail solo. Go Nicole!

Customer Service

Start from Mel's, below Ring Road, shortly after the bridge, look right. The entrance was always intended to be partially hidden.

Similar Products Used: Give yourself half a day when the weather is good and follow everything on the mountain. You may find a few surprises.
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Matt Tait   [Jun 23, 1999]

Really good climbing, but I dn't like climbing, I'm a DHer/Freerider, not XC. Lots of clay on the jeep/fire access road. Watch speed on wet days(yeah, right! That's when we go the fastest) Good goofing around. Didn't cover the mountain too well, I guess. Needs more technical trails.

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See before

Similar Products Used: All over the whole damn mountain!
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Jeremy Walker   [Sep 03, 1999]

This route makes the ride quite a bit longer, and is good if you like to climb on singletrack. There's lots of technical challenges, with a safe little practice log on the way. The descent is WAAAY more rewarding when you climb it this way. Driving up to the top is cheating. Stay away when it's wet... these trails get very muddy.

Customer Service

Enter from North road where the trees start on the left side. You'll see a sign saying no bikes allowed, and a splash through a stream to start it off. Follow the slow-climbing single-track parallel to North road all the way up to the northeast side of the mountain, then backtrack on gravel until you hit Cardiac on the right. Climb cardiac and descend on Nanahoo, Mel's, Nicole's or whatever.

Similar Products Used: Blue Mtn, North Shore.
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DanDaDilToy   [Nov 07, 1999]

Super slippery in corners, if you decide to ride in rain. Prefer to use 195 or 210 tires. I used my 185 mosquito. Holy shhh, fell 5 times from top to the bottom. If in dry weather, the best place in Lower Mainland......

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From the gas station way down to Garladi Rd.

Similar Products Used: Burke Mountain
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Bryce   [Dec 02, 1999]

SFU taught me to ride my first Kona and it holds a special place in my soul. Attending university ontop of a 1250ft mountain that you tear up on a mountain bike while skipping classes or allotted study times is priceless.

I would like to send a special thanks out to the BMBC for their hardwork on Nicole's. However, people should note that until the Pole fell, this trail was only of moderate difficulty. One night in the windstorms of fall 1998, Justin and I decided to attempt the trail with our hallogen bulbs. We were descending the switchbacks with limited visibility when the trail suddenly disappeared. A tree the diameter of a mini van crossed our path. We had to climb over this beast 3 times before we figured out where the trail continued. I truly believe that this fallen tree was a gift from above as the trail was in need of an upgrade.

I jumped to the conclusion that the powers at be (BMBC, City of Burnaby) would cut up the tree to remove it from their trail. However, the next time I rode the trail, I was pleased to see that they had ingeniously found a way to incorporate the move into their trail. Very Cool.

My success rate on this move is around 75%. The first time I snapped the frame doing a wheely to the left side and the second time I did in my derailer and drop out between the trees at the top. It is a really good tree to learn on.

Burnaby Mtn is restricted to building as it is in a city park. I pray that more of these gifts from above are received to keep things interesting.

Customer Service

As previously mentioned

Similar Products Used: I think that the Snake (where I hit my first tree) and the Powerlines (where I slid down half of the bottom on my ass) are equivalent if not better than Nicole's.
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Andrew Geisheimer   [Dec 16, 1999]

Joe's is a fun climb if you like that sort of thing. Great for race training. Snake trail is the sort of trail that you have to ride a dozen times just to clean it, then another dozen to do it smoothly. the Lower end of Snake is a really fast trail with lots of off-camber stuff that will chuck you off the bike in the wet.

Customer Service

Up Joe's Hill, then through Naheeno Park and along Mel's and Down Snake trail to Gaglardi Way, then Back up again for an encore.

Similar Products Used: Mel's, Nicoles
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