26.1 miles
6,148 ft
-6,149 ft
4,900 ft
High Point

A classic adventure loop. Great views on the climb and several lakes to swim in during your lunch stop. Save something for the final descent, it will require your A game. No cell service once you drop into Skelula7.

Detailed Description
Chain Lakes Loop is a 26 mile popular expert route located near Pemberton British Columbia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 6,148 ft with a max elevation of 4,900 ft then descends -6,149 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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kyleleitch (Jul 9, 2022 at 22:17)
Trail Middle Earth
Trail buff completed by the PVTA in preparation for the 2022 July 17th Aerothlon hike/run-fly-MTN bike event
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nicoli (Jun 28, 2022 at 23:23)
Trail McKenzie FSR
It's partly open to vehicles, there are gates at spurs and sections where there is active forestry work. Best bet if leaving a vehicle on mountain and retrieving it afterwards is probably driving to bottom of Middle Earth, there is some space to park a few vehicles there. Road can be rough in places but I wouldn't say that a car definitely wouldn't make it.
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nc99 (Aug 19, 2021 at 10:05)
Trail Nimby
This is a fantastic climbing trail that will be a good technical challenge for most riders. You will be active the entire climb as there are no sections where you can just sit and peddle for an extended period of time. Newer intermediate riders and/or less fit may end up walking frequently. I can't wait to go back and try to clean more of it.
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nc99 (Aug 4, 2021 at 19:06)
Trail Middle Earth
Gorgeous trail. Less technical than those leading up to it which was appreciated after a long climb.
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Elawsonmd (Apr 2, 2021 at 10:11)
Trail Nimby
This is the best climbing trail

If you like it, check out the Imby bike trail in Vancouver
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Elawsonmd (Feb 22, 2021 at 21:25)
Trail Middle Earth
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Elawsonmd (Feb 22, 2021 at 21:24)
Trail Middle Earth
Amazing work then, love the climb trail!
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dave6797 (Mar 26, 2020 at 21:22)
Trail McKenzie FSR
The snow line is at 3.7km into the trail. You can hike to the top of rusty trombone. Just add about 30 minutes onto your ride
  • + 1
Hbrown15 (Jun 14, 2020 at 13:33)
Trail McKenzie FSR
Is this shuttleable/open to vehicle traffic?
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yardsale1 (Nov 21, 2019 at 20:00)
Trail McKenzie FSR
Can u shuttle up this with a car?
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mtbakerpow (Jun 5, 2019 at 8:51)
Trail Skelu'la7
Snowy still
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Cloudbase9 (Apr 23, 2019 at 14:43)
Trail Skelu'la7
Hi, I conceived this trail in 2009 and designed it with Sebastien Wild and Johnny Foon Chilton. It was built by Johnny and Seb and crew. Nigel.
  • + 9
Cloudbase9 (Apr 23, 2019 at 14:30)
Trail Nimby
Hi, I am the sadist that built Nimby. Glad you experienced it. Nigel
  • + 2
Cloudbase9 (Apr 23, 2019 at 14:27)
Trail Middle Earth
Hi, I designed this trail in 2010 with lots of supoport from Sebastien Wild, and it was built by Oni Aho and crew. Nigel
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derekr (Sep 10, 2018 at 9:51)
Trail Skelu'la7
Really nice technical XC route with some cool rock rollers
  • + 1
derekr (Sep 10, 2018 at 9:49)
Trail Xtratron
Challenging technical climb with great views
  • - 3
fatdonkey WTF (Jun 2, 2017 at 19:10)
Trail Nimby
Nimby was designed by a Sadist. It relentlessly and frustratingly takes you up tight techy steep
switchbacks littered with roots and rocks, only to flatten out and descend the elevation you just climbed. Guess what, to another switchback. Rinse, repeat, like 1000 times. Do yourself a favor and take the FSR. Unless of course you enjoy beating yourself with a stick in your spare time.
  • + 5
zambonix (Nov 6, 2016 at 9:06)
Trail Nimby
I consider this the very definition of a blue singletrack tech climb. There's a sprinkling of roots and rocks throughout, in a variety of shapes and sizes (without getting huge). Some occasional “moves” to punctuate the climb, but no exposure or big skills required to clean them. Lots of switchbacks: some tight, some steep, some bumpy - but none that were all three. The climb is steady, at a very nice grade that you can either enjoy or attack without blowing up. Somewhat narrow, sidesloped tread, but no exposure.
It's a beautiful forest with occasional overlooks...in general the whole length of the trail has good variety in terrain, trail, and views, with a difficulty level (both in tech and fitness) that goes up and down a little, but is solidly intermediate. A great way to get up a hill.
  • + 1
adamr1 (Apr 14, 2016 at 12:51)
Cannot take this road from Portage road as it's private no trespassing...
  • + 1
flipfantasia WORCA (May 24, 2015 at 12:06)
Trail Xtratron

Trails in Route

Reid Road1,365 ft
Jim-Jam942 ft
Hand Job1,736 ft
Mosquito Lake Road3,241 ft
Sadies1,161 ft
Linda Road2,500 ft
Connector1,224 ft
Waco Connector141 ft
Nimby2 miles
MacKenzie FSR Connector646 ft
McKenzie FSR1 mile
Middle Earth2 miles
Xtratron5,213 ft
Skelu'la74 miles


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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
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More Stats for Chain Lakes Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    901 ft
  • Altitude start
    964 ft
  • Altitude end
    961 ft
  • Grade
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  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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