A River Runs Through It - TRAIL

A River Runs Through It - Trail, Whistler, British Columbia

sweet trail. on a sunny, warm summer day you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. well maintained trail with raised planks, log ramps, teeter totter and other assorted fun things. parts of the first section are quite steep and rocky and i would label it advanced. most riders will have to walk some of the trail...it's just unrideable. otherwise, once you're past that stuff it's freestyling all the way and most intermediates will be ok. the rest of the trail isn't steep but it has a nice rhythm to it with all the curves and ramps. there is a river to cross (hence the name) and you can ride the log (if you're brave) or walk it. it's a good 1.5 - 2 hour trail. whistler is so beautiful and this trail is one of many in the area. about half way through the trail you'll hit a flat open area and it's tough to figure out where to go but stick left, head into the woods and you'll see the big white sign labelling the trail again. you'll come out on the paved valley trail again and from there, head left and you'll find yourself at rainbow park and lots of directions to get you back to wherever you want to go.

User Reviews (20)

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AJK509   Cross Country Rider [Jul 25, 2008]

This trail is great. It's a pretty tech ride for me (as I am on a hardtail) with plenty of freestyle sections. There is now a new entrance trail built from Rainbow Park. The access spot is in the upper parking lot.

Customer Service

Either direction; some freestyle sections are built for one direction, but the majority can be ridden from both ways.

Similar Products Used: Danimal North and South. Lower Sproat.
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4
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3
Muddy Trail   Weekend Warrior [Jan 16, 2006]

You ride on elevated ramps as much as on dirt. The log ride over the river is something you don't want to try unless you have good balance. You might save yourself, but your bike will go in the river if you waver off the log. A thrill a minute. I haven't seen anything like it in the states. The bike park is big fun, but save some time for A River Runs Thru it.

Customer Service

Only a 15 minute ride from Whistler Village. Ask for directions.

Similar Products Used: Train Wreck.
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5
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3
Frankenstein   Downhiller [Oct 22, 2005]

great flat trail for practice on elevated stunts. it was a rainy day when i went, I learned the trail is more difficult when wet.

Customer Service

pull in off alta lake road and go right.

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4
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3
Mattman   Weekend Warrior [Feb 17, 2004]

Wow, a river runs through it and about a million roots. I rode this on a rental bike following a girl guide who flat smoked me. She made the stunts look easy, I made them look hard, but I did a lot more than I thought I could. Being from SoCal I found not only the stunts to be a challenge, I was amazed at how hard it was to deal with all the slippery roots. I have a whole new appreciation for what technical means and a huge respect for the people I saw cleaning sections I was struggling with. This was a very fun ride! I felt fortunate to complete it with only minor scrapes and bruises. I'm glad I was on a rental, 'cause I crashed the puppy hard. Although I may have crashed less on a bike that I knew and was set up right for my big ass.

Customer Service

I rode top to bottom, but people ride both ways

Similar Products Used: The park rocks for downhill
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5
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2
Sean   Downhiller [Sep 02, 2003]

This trail is growing expodentially. I don't mean in size but in stunts. This year has been an unreal year for putting in advanced and beginner lines. A lot of changes to the trail that are for the best. It made some sections feel easier but in reality with the advanced line and intermediate line they put on every stunt now it is really good for 'most' users. Anyone that actually rides the shore regularily will find it pretty common, but hey it still kicks ass.

Similar Products Used: Mels Dilema, Blueberry (kind of hidden and short but very fun)
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5
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2
Knolly   [Nov 09, 1998]

This is a fun, mostly flat technical trail with lots of built up features. The entire trail is ridable from start to finish, including some fun log rides and the suprizingly easy (but intimidating for the first time) log across the river. Please do not ride this trail when it is really wet, because it will not stand up to the abuse. New riders will take a couple of hours to ride it, experienced riders significantly less time (easily under an hour). This is Whistlers most famous trail and hence it recieves heavy traffic. Take your time and enjoy this trail as it is a real gem.

Customer Service

follow good directions from "Andrea" at top of page

Similar Products Used: Thrill Me - Kill Me: some cool granite slab riding.
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5
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KhoolhandZ   [Jan 07, 1999]

The trail is marked advanced. But the trail is ridable all the way (if you are like us North shore type). There is a scary log across the river (hence the name) but it is soooo easy. All it takes is courage and determination because it's just like riding on a narrow trail. This is one of the best trails in whistler.

Customer Service

Andrea did a good job in describing this.

Similar Products Used: Snakes and Ladders, Section 102, Kill Me Thrill Me.
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5
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Ben Cashman   [Aug 21, 1999]

My favorite trail in Whislter. Gives you a taste of the North Shore right in Whistler. Bridges, ladders, log ramps, and a completely uselessly-positioned teeter totter fill a generally flat, winding trail in the evergreen forest. The beginning is easily the rootiest, rockiest and most technical bit. Eventually, you'll reach the river crossing...a 20 meter-long log spanning a swift, frigid current. Easy to ride if you feel confident. If you're a real show off, roll a manual or wheelie across it! On the other side is where the real fun begins. Several obstacles along the trail present a few options depending on your riding ability--kind of like a "choose your own adventure" book. (i.e., a 20m long, skinny log 3 meters off the ground, a wider, yet winding bridge, or a difficult log stack to choose from all within immediate proximity to one another). If you ride the trail choosing the most difficult option in each case and do so successfully, you're ready for the North Shore trails. Otherwise, keep practicing. Ride the trail in both directions. Use platform pedals. Ride it with a stock trials bike.

Customer Service

Follow Andrea's directions or get your hands on a Whistler riding map. Ride the trail both ways (i.e., as an out-and-back). Total time: less than 1 hour.

Similar Products Used: Shane Szocs' Snake's 'n' Ladders, Kill me Thrill me, etc....get the map or ask a local!!
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5
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T-Bone   [Aug 23, 1999]

Ok, you've read the reviews from the native Canadians, who have no problem telling you, "this trail is sooo easy...". Need I remind you that the number one cash crop coming out of BC isn't lumber, but the stinky, seven-leaf, roll-me-a-phatty kind? So, take their advice for what it's worth.
This is the most incredible, challenging, and technical course you will ever set your frame on, so do come prepared. There are enough bridges, a-frames, trestles, teeter-totters, and plained-logs to remind you that this truly is a roller coaster for your bike. Go when it's dry, as these obstacles are challenging enough, and not only would the obstacles lose their fun/fear factor due to slickness, but you'd be destroying the trail.
And by the way: when you hear those shouts of glee in the woods ahead, that was me, clearing that giant a-frame that kicked my butt this past weekend!

Customer Service

Snag a map from one of the local shops! They'll prove to you that this trail is more like a trip through your lower intestines.

Similar Products Used: Buy one of those maps so you can hit the Anal Intruder or Shit Happens trails.
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5
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Jeremy Walker   [Sep 03, 1999]

This one will go down as a classic for sure. It's so close to the Whistler village, it seems many people can get their tools and brains there and keep adding more and more sections to this trail. Last time I was there, there was about 3 groups of people all working on additions to the trail in different places. Only problem is that it's crowded.

Customer Service

From alta lake road, take the northmost entrance and do the trail clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Binty's
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5
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