The riding is wide and entertaining, weaving across dramatic rock benches in a playful, flowy descent. A steep drop off edges one side of the trail, providing striking views and sense of ethereal exhilaration and exposure. The turns are bermed, the tread is sandy and the dense, woodland canopy makes for an incredible ride.
Most riders will reach the Sunningdale trail by first climbing the Miral Heights and Bluffs trail to the highpoint. Sunningdale drops off to the north as it swoops and falls down across steep sidehill, high above the Columbia River. The top is open and flowing with smooth dips and rises and minor technical challenges. A short, but tighter, switchback section marks the middle of the trail, before dropping onto a sharp, sandy ridge beginning a distinct change in vegetation. The lower section is dug deeply into forested hillside as it plunges towards Sandpit Road. The riding here is smooth and fast, with long sight lines and winding corners that is deceptively long and always a thrill. It shadows Sandpit Rd for its final section before emptying out into the residential community.
Hints: The Sunningdale trail follows a steady, flowy gradient for much of its course, allowing riders to blast down at high speeds. Riders need to be aware that the trail is also very popular with local resident hikers and dog walkers who don't appreciate being startled by bikers traveling at supersonic speeds. Slow it down and please respect all trail users.
Local Trail AssociationKootenay Columbia Trails Society (www.kcts.ca)
More Stats for Sunningdale mountain bike trail
Altitude change-959 ft
Altitude min1,416 ft
Altitude max2,375 ft
Altitude start2,375 ft
Altitude end1,416 ft
Distance climb1,331 ft
Distance down1.5 miles
Distance flat337 ft
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Routes with this trail
|Bluffs / Sunningdale (Point to Point)||5.5 miles|
|Bluffs / Sunningdale (Loop) featured||8.6 miles|
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