4 miles
544 ft
-555 ft
2,303 ft
High Point

A River Runs Through It is a super unique trail featuring awesome west coast trail building. It is a relatively flat trail (by Whistler standards) that has playful lines and many many features to test your riding skills on. There are ride-arounds for most of these features and because of this even if you are an intermediate rider you will still likely be able to navigate this trail and have some good fun and test your skills at the same time. There are many ways to access this ride, but for simplicity sake we have you starting and finishing at Rainbow Park, which means you can jump in Alta lake after your ride! If you decided to start at Rainbow, simply follow Westside Road east until you get to the trail-head for A River Runs Through it.

Alternate Access From Village (If you do not want to drive over to Rainbow Park to start the ride): From the Village, ride to the end of Lorimer Rd and cross the tracks. Almost immediately after crossing the tracks, turn left onto a dirt road and follow this for a couple of kilometers to an old gravel pit. You will continue for another 100 meters and look for a well signed trail head on your left (if you reach Alta Lake Rd you've gone too far). A final variation of the approach to the trailhead is to ride Emerald Forest to Alta Lake Rd, and on to the trailhead of A River Runs Through It. To return to your starting point after riding A River Runs Through It simply follow the Valley Trail back to Lorimer Rd.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
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More Stats for A River Runs Through It - Whistler, BC - Advanced Mountain Bike Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,120 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,131 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,120 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,413 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
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  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Trail transparency
Whistler Biking River Runs Through It
Whistler Biking River Runs Through It
10:09 | 206 | comments: 0 | favs:
Jul 23, 2018
Brasco on teeter totter, River runs through it
Brasco on teeter totter, River runs through it
0:09 | 812 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
Aug 1, 2009
Brasco on teeter totter, River runs through it, damn thats a fine trail... oops sorry wrong section, not a crash...

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

A River Runs Through It
Oct 20, 2018 @ 12:06pm
Oct 20, 2018
Only got 'lost' four minor times due to the yellow leaves. Hard to be mad at them when they add so much beauty!
River Runs Access
Aug 23, 2018 @ 8:38am
Aug 23, 2018
Wicked good riding.
Access Road
May 17, 2017 @ 9:23am
May 17, 2017
snows gone
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