One of the latest additions to the Whistler valley trail network, Howler is located a long long way up the flank trail. Be prepared for a long sweaty climb, however it is all access road which is something. The descent is long, technical, and flowy. Just enough tech to keep you on your toes, but with enough flow you can open it up and really enjoy it, knowing there are no major features, drops, or jumps, to catch you unawares. The rock up there, however, is sharp so bring spare tubes!
Starting from the very top of Alpine Way (no parking), climb Rick's Roost (name of the access road, not an actual trail) until you don't want to climb any more. You will pass Cat Scratch Fever, Green Monster, and the Flank turn-off to Billy Epic. Keep going. Past the Flank, the trail mellows until you reach a newly built bridge over a creek, after which you will see a fork to the right and a motor-vehicle gate, at which point the climb gets epically steep. Persevere up the long loose climb and keep going until it mellows slightly and you see a large round boulder. The lower (main) section of Howler starts from here.
Local Trail AssociationWhistler Off-Road Cycling Association (www.worca.com)
More Stats for Howler mountain bike trail
Altitude change-1,724 ft
Altitude min2,318 ft
Altitude max4,041 ft
Altitude start4,041 ft
Altitude end2,318 ft
Distance climb687 ft
Distance down1.4 miles
Distance flat264 ft
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Howler Trail Reports
Aug 17, 2016 @ 8:41amAug 17, 2016
|Dry and dusty|
Jun 14, 2016 @ 7:08pmJun 14, 2016
Jun 10, 2016 @ 9:31pmJun 10, 2016
Jun 5, 2016 @ 8:20amJun 5, 2016
|Great shape, great new work on the trail. Traction excellent.|
Jun 4, 2016 @ 8:48pmJun 4, 2016
|Howler climb - I kind of love that it got dumbed down so I could grovel up it barely hanging on and the oh so sweet feeling of relief getting to...|
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|Olympic BushyRob||13.7 miles|
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