32.3 miles
Distance
2,662 ft
Climb
-2,666 ft
Descent
1,190 ft
High Point

The course leads you out of town on a mix of bike path, gravel road and paved road towards a series of amazing mossy singletrack trails. Once the climbing begins you will find the course shifting back and forth between century-old logging rail beds and new trails built by retired loggers, hikers and mountain bikers. You’ll be crossing countless salmon streams on hand-built wooden bridges including one crossing Blackwater Creek just below Kelly Falls. Finally you approach the already famous arched Aloha Bridge built by the local Chain Gang especially for the BC Bike Race. Here you will first ride under and then circle around to ride across the bridge and continue up the golden Aloha Trail. Open it up along the mossy Green Road towards the highest elevation point on the course, the start the Death Rattle Trail. This custom built trail will allow you to fly, swooping and undulating down through a beautiful old growth forest. Cross the road quickly and then, too good to be true, more fast-flowing new school XC along the W8 Trail. Then full throttle along Cable Trail, an old rail bed, up and over uber tight twisty Toad Hollow, down into Frog Alley’s 400 meter cedar boardwalk and then still more ancient mossy rail bed until you reach a local challenge, the “Root Garden” a mostly flat but very gnarly set of roots alongside Haslam Lake, the community’s watershed. A small flat stint on gravel road will take you to Bob’s Your Uncle and the Cream Soda trails for some flowing fast and amazing trail, but this is leading to your final climb, cross the gravel road once more and head up 51 Dodge as you climb to the top of Myrtle Springs Trail. Well worth the reward of a sweet descent and then one more popper climb towards the screaming fast Edgehill Rip inspired by Squamish’s Ring Creek Rip. From the bottom here you will merge onto urban streets, circle beautiful Cranberry Lake and after a short paved hill climb, you’re treated to Dipper Down, the last section of singletrack in the middle of town. Dropping down a sand chute onto the same industrial haul road that led you out, you’ll fly back down through that same tunnel under the highway, and then finally, open it up the other way along that amazing ocean-side Willingdon Beach Trail to the finish line right there at base camp, steps away from the “Marine Mile” full of restaurants and shops.

Detailed Description
BC Bike Race 2017 (Day 2) Powell River is a 32 mile expert race route located near Powell River British Columbia. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 28 trails. This route climbs 2,662 ft with a max elevation of 1,190 ft then descends -2,666 ft.
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37 Reviews & Comments

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xmarksdaspot (Oct 28, 2021 at 16:40)
Suicide has about 30 windfall trees down across it I am told by a user today
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bramski (Jul 12, 2021 at 21:03)
Beautiful smooth forest trail. Lots of old machinery.
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Foussa (May 31, 2021 at 16:13)
Trail Mud Lake
A pleasant challenge if you love roots... otherwise a torturous rattle with a few sections of relief
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bikebb QRCA (May 31, 2021 at 16:29)
Trail Mud Lake
Its not called "The Root Garden" for no reason Smile
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hartbronco (Apr 3, 2021 at 11:18)
Trail Farside
From Duck lake FSR in to SC trail is cleared of down trees
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hartbronco (Apr 3, 2021 at 11:16)
SC trail Is cleared of dangerous and downed trees
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munharrison (Aug 22, 2020 at 14:29)
Trail W8
Flowy magic
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Wesmacaulay FVMBA - ADMIN (Aug 13, 2020 at 8:56)
We rode it in the uphill direction. Challenging trail for new riders what with the many roots. A couple of tough climbs. Beautiful trail and good for building skills.
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bikebb QRCA (Jul 29, 2020 at 11:12)
Suicide is a Blue trail based on IMBA standards: length of trail is one primary factor. Also comparative to other trails in community for consistency is another reason to keep it rated as a blue trail.
Thanks for input!!
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lukequeenan (Jul 28, 2020 at 18:12)
Fun trail with some flow at the end. Should really be classified as a green though!
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xmarksdaspot (Jul 5, 2020 at 10:27)
Trail Aloha
We built it as a climbing trail but it is okay to go down.
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bikebb QRCA (Jun 26, 2020 at 21:50)
Trail Cable
So we had a window of opportunity and went out this evening. Several hours spent clearing majority of trail from bottom of switchback (backside) all the way to the bridge home.
Trail was severely overgrown in some spots the trail was enveloped by fresh green growth!!

Cleared and ready to ride now though!!
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munharrison (Jun 25, 2020 at 17:53)
Trail Cable
Hmm, just my name @hotmail.com
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munharrison (Jun 25, 2020 at 16:51)
Trail Cable
Hey Bikebb, I still think some serious brushing needs to be done at the bottom of the hill al around km 4 (see my pics). If you have the tools and need some help let me know.
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bikebb QRCA (Jun 25, 2020 at 17:45)
Trail Cable
Awesome!
Planning to weed whack a chunk of it in the coming days...
How do I get a hold of you?
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xmarksdaspot (Mar 30, 2020 at 18:51)
Trail Cable
Ride the northernmost loop (top of map) counterclockwise
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erica110 (Jun 25, 2019 at 15:09)
Trail Cable
I would not classify this as a good smooth trail. Currently quite overgrown in places, very rooty. Turned back around.
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bikebb QRCA (Jun 21, 2020 at 11:20)
Trail Cable
Thanks Erica. A lot of work has been done to this trail this year and significantly improved to bring it back to its former glory!
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erica110 (Jun 25, 2019 at 15:06)
This was a fun trail, especially for a new rider. Very rooty in areas but not particularly steep. We followed the pink flagged route from BC bike race course. Absolutely gorgeous forest.
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xmarksdaspot (May 11, 2019 at 18:23)
Trail Death Rattle
Ride down from Green Road. Not built to climb.
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bryan11 (Apr 27, 2019 at 17:56)
Trail W8
One of my favourite trails!
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bryan11 (Apr 27, 2019 at 17:54)
Trail Death Rattle
See munharrisons comment... I went straight. Death rattle is steep fast flowy fun!
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munharrison (Apr 1, 2019 at 19:34)
Trail Death Rattle
When you hit the road go right, cross the road bridge, W8 trail starts on the left. I have seen some people get confused and stay on the same side of the bridge/creek. That trail is not in good condition.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:48)
Trail Cable
Named for the old cable running along the old (logging road or railway...?). Good smooth trail for access to other trails or a easy ride.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:46)
Trail Aloha
A must ride for this area! Super smooth and flowy with some technical. Ride in the downhill direction.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:42)
Trail Blue
Wide trail with minimal roots for easy access or leisurely bike/walk.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:41)
Singletrack, pretty flowy in the downhill direction. Some minor technical sections.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:41)
Trail Edgehill Rip
Good, easy-ish access from or to Edgehill area.
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woodsy1997 (Aug 26, 2018 at 20:39)
Good trail, pretty flowy. All uphills are peddle-able. Some small technical sections and small jumps. 5 stars.
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munharrison (Jul 21, 2018 at 12:15)
More of a cross-country trail. Usually recommended for the lush forest scenery reminiscent of some of the Lord of the Rings movie sets.
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bramski (Jul 18, 2018 at 22:11)
Not a horrible road.
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bramski (Jul 18, 2018 at 9:44)
Trail Edgehill Rip
Awesome and fast!
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bramski (Jul 18, 2018 at 9:42)
Trail 51 Dodge
Named for the 51 Dodge near the start, nice flowy climb, one steeper climb in it.
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bramski (Jul 18, 2018 at 9:41)
With the approximate steepness of an interpretive walk, I'd say this is more of a green trail.
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bramski (Jul 17, 2018 at 12:28)
Trail Death Rattle
Definitely super fun. Techy/flow with some moderate steepness. Nothing tricky.
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bramski (Jul 17, 2018 at 12:26)
Trail W8
Super fun! Ends too quick :-(.
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munharrison (Jul 10, 2017 at 14:48)
New route east of duck lake bridge. Keep right.
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Bike type
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More Stats for BC Bike Race 2017 (Day 2) Powell River mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -4 ft
  • Altitude start
    4 ft
  • Grade max
    -32.1%
  • Grade min
    44.5%
  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    4 miles
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Fun descent at Duck Lake in Powell River
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This jump at Suicide trail may have been a little too big.

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