11.8 miles
Distance
2,022 ft
Climb
-1,876 ft
Descent
3,320 ft
High Point

Comfortably Numb and the comfortably numb (foreplay) descent is a classic must do epic cross country ride in Whistler, BC. It is on the IMBA official list of epic rides. Brutally relentless and incredibly technical this ride is not for the faint of heart. Leg searing climbs and super technical descents are the order of the day. It is the type of ride you might only ever want to do once, but you will forever be glad that you have seen it. If you are the type who loves challenging trails and a long day in the saddle then this is a ride that you will want to notch into your list of epic rides.

We have finished the ride by coming through some of the best descents in the Lost Lake area. Depending on where you need to go at the end of your ride you might want to vary the ride by riding towards Lost Lake when you finish the Comfortably Numb (Foreplay) descent.

We have started you at the trail head/parking area for Comfortably numb, but you can also ride out on the valley trail/highway or for the super hardcore you could ride Kill Me Thrill Me first, but you are likely a Sasquatch on steroids if you decide to do that first and we don't recommend that as this ride is hard enough on its own.

Laslty, we have built this route showing the little bypass option in the middle of Comfortably Numb if you decide to shorten the ride a little bit. To do the full ride just avoid the bypass option. You can also bail out on Young Lust, Jeffs or Yummy Nectar if you find the ride is taking too long.

Detailed Description
Comfortably Numb is a 12 mile popular expert route located near Whistler British Columbia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 2,022 ft with a max elevation of 3,320 ft then descends -1,876 ft.
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57 Reviews & Comments

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TheGregor (Aug 19, 2022 at 20:05)
I rode this last year and came back to it yesterday. Enjoyed the climb, the descent trail (Comfortably Numb Descent) not so much. I agree with a lot of what was said above. I wasn’t expecting a downhill trail, having ridden this before. What I didn’t recall was just how rocky and rooty this is. There is not an inch of the trail that is not covered in rocks and roots. Made it tough to get any flow at all for me. Could be lack of skill but XC trails like Business Time seem a lot nicer to ride to me. If you don’t mind being jostled relentlessly this could be the trail for you!
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mr-fabio (Aug 5, 2022 at 12:42)
This IMBA awarded trail is a must ride once in your lifetime. And by that I mean ONCE in your lifetime. The guys that awarded this trails were high on something. If by all the features a trail must have they mean lots of push a bike and pedal strikes you got yourself served. To be honest I’m never riding it again, worst experience I had in Whistler.
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MLeier (Aug 5, 2022 at 8:57)
This doesn’t really feel like a “descent” trail. I agree with the others that say it’s more like an XC trail. It’s very flat and pedally through rock gardens and over roots between the rock roll descent parts. Lots of punchy climbs. Cool trail if you know what you’re getting into, but you will be disappointed if you are expecting a mostly down, very little pedalling, descent.
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k2rider1964 (Jul 27, 2022 at 19:08)
I rode Comfortably Numb from the Cement Pit back to the village. Trail was in fantastic condition. Like others have said, it's not crazy difficult as much as it's a test of fitness and ability to push through. A physically fit strong intermediate will do mush better that an out of shape expert. Lots of mosquitoes out there today so prepare appropriately.
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kylecurts (Jul 13, 2022 at 12:10)
My kids (5 and 7) had a blast on this. A flattish fun rooty challenge with no sketchy features.
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Charlyzzz (Sep 3, 2021 at 17:48)
The rock faces are quite nice, on the easy side of black. Lots of roots and when not, lots of rocks. One of these trails where you won't get the luxury to tell yourself "I'm done with the uphill", which after a while gets a bit tiresome to my taste
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zwass (Jul 15, 2021 at 12:36)
On the easy side of black. The biggest challenge is probably cleaning the short uphills. I definitely prefer trails with more continuous downhill, but if this is your style you'll love it!
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botinta (Jun 2, 2021 at 0:14)
Boulder feature for beginners/intermediate, also great spot to take a break.
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dave6797 (May 15, 2021 at 0:58)
Not my cup of tea, lots of janky short climbs after very short fun downhills, feels like 5 seconds of down, 20 seconds flat/up.
I'd say its great for someone who likes XC style trails. Not great if you want to get stuck into a consistent decent
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ttrrr21 (Nov 1, 2020 at 15:35)
Sick trail, love the Zappa rolls. My favourite at lost lake.
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Roncha76 (Sep 23, 2020 at 19:47)
Anyone know how the trail hold after 3 days raining? Tempted to go but not sure if will be way to slippery
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flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 24, 2020 at 6:26)
it will be slippery on the roots and rocks, but you probably won't do any damage to the trail since it's pretty hard surfaced with lots of rock
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arisarantis (Aug 23, 2020 at 9:45)
This is a great trail. Rode it the day after two full days of rain, so the roots were pretty challenging, but after a km or two you start to get the hang of it. Not too physically demanding IMO, just tons of technical XC. It’s long enough that by the end I felt like I had levelled up a bit in skill.
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arisarantis (Aug 23, 2020 at 9:45)
This is a great trail. Rode it the day after two full days of rain, so the roots were pretty challenging, but after a km or two you start to get the hang of it. Not too physically demanding IMO, just tons of technical XC. It’s long enough that by the end I felt like I had levelled up a bit in skill.
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vinnie03 (May 27, 2020 at 12:18)
A different climbing trail could make this trail world famous.
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Sun2306 (May 27, 2020 at 13:37)
it has a climbing trail? it is world famous?
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XyukonR (Nov 3, 2019 at 17:21)
If you like old skool and you like jank, this one's for you. A few fun rock rolls with lots of pedaling in between.
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ckuurn (Oct 27, 2019 at 17:24)
Of exposure
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ckuurn (Oct 27, 2019 at 17:24)
So fun lots exposure
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ckuurn (Oct 27, 2019 at 17:22)
Fun little trail
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nennarv (Sep 21, 2019 at 7:14)
Bench is mint
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abcnck (Apr 28, 2022 at 18:49)
Thank you
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hbnygaard (Aug 20, 2019 at 17:44)
Pair of shades found Aug 20 2019. If they are yours email me brand and color and you will get them back - hbnygaard@icloud.com
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abcnck (Aug 7, 2019 at 13:21)
Can anyone that rides the trail let me know the condition of the memorial bench near the top? Thanks.
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deln78 (Jul 7, 2019 at 10:26)
Really cool trail. Mostly a series of rock rolls of different sizes with some pedaling between each.
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Dogride (Jun 3, 2019 at 15:09)
Thank U SNOWDAN for the bridge-rock-bridge replacement, runs so nice now!
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jlavietes (Sep 2, 2018 at 18:11)
Ridden it backwards three times now, maybe itll be smoother with no roots if i ride it the correct way? ????
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jlavietes (Sep 2, 2018 at 18:11)
Ridden it backwards three times now, maybe itll be smoother with no roots if i ride it the correct way? ????
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Sun2306 (Sep 2, 2018 at 23:52)
It’s a tough climb the right way
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Sun2306 (Sep 2, 2018 at 23:52)
It’s a tough climb the right way
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chubby5000 (Sep 1, 2018 at 22:37)
This might be in my top 5 trails of all time. If you like techy XC it’s got tons of challenging corners and roots and rolls those little 1’ high rock shelves that require a quick pop to get up. Nothing really consequential on the entire trail but the clean the whole thing without dabbing would be a grand feat. The loop up top has got to have the most slabs/km of any trail I’ve ever ridden. At one point you’re riding for maybe an honest 5 or 6 minutes just on smooth granite rock. Rad rad run. I mean, it COULD be even better if there were funds to pave it Wink
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chubby5000 (Sep 1, 2018 at 22:37)
This might be in my top 5 trails of all time. If you like techy XC it’s got tons of challenging corners and roots and rolls those little 1’ high rock shelves that require a quick pop to get up. Nothing really consequential on the entire trail but the clean the whole thing without dabbing would be a grand feat. The loop up top has got to have the most slabs/km of any trail I’ve ever ridden. At one point you’re riding for maybe an honest 5 or 6 minutes just on smooth granite rock. Rad rad run. I mean, it COULD be even better if there were funds to pave it Wink
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gtbauman (Jul 30, 2018 at 18:22)
This is my favorite trail, lush landscape and beautiful! It’s what we expected, lots of roots and rocks and technical sections. The trail is in excellent shape and a great build! Thanks guys
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gtbauman (Jul 30, 2018 at 18:22)
This is my favorite trail, lush landscape and beautiful! It’s what we expected, lots of roots and rocks and technical sections. The trail is in excellent shape and a great build! Thanks guys
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rmsraven (Jul 2, 2018 at 9:35)
What a way to finish Comfortably Numb! You find out if you have any gas in the tank and if you do, what fun! I love this trail! It's as advertised and I have found it is a good barometer of my progression in fitness (esp. core strength) and skills over the years. First time I did it, I got to this section and thought, you've got to be kidding. Totally kicked my butt but now gets more fun every year for me.
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rmsraven (Jul 2, 2018 at 9:31)
Riding the best it ever has. I love this trail! It's as advertised and I have found it is a good barometer of my progression in fitness (esp. core strength) and skills over the years. Gets more fun every year for me.
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rmsraven (Jul 2, 2018 at 9:31)
Riding the best it ever has. I love this trail! It's as advertised and I have found it is a good barometer of my progression in fitness (esp. core strength) and skills over the years. Gets more fun every year for me.
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NovemberCharlie (May 29, 2018 at 21:24)
Riding awesome right now!
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NovemberCharlie (May 20, 2018 at 20:04)
Fun section that is relatively flat but has some good pump, especially if you ride top down from Packard Goose. If you do come in from PG it is a stiff push up the rather steep entrance but well worth it.
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aaronkoenig (Oct 27, 2017 at 20:09)
One of my favorites in whistler, with my usual way being to ride up yummy Mumby. This route allows for extensions too by riding up to golden door and around the numb loop
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Dan3beach (Oct 10, 2017 at 13:16)
Great trail, perfect conditions right now. Do it before snow comes!
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singlespeedgoat (Sep 2, 2017 at 15:30)
So tech and so good
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aaronkoenig (Aug 28, 2017 at 12:45)
Rode trail backwards and found it less of a grind and more enjoyable overall. Up Yummy Numby and through the Golden Door. The only thing I'd have done differently would have been taken the Out There descent. One of my favorite rides of the year! Also, great job on the trail maintenance and additional building...So well done!
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aaronkoenig (Aug 28, 2017 at 12:45)
Rode trail backwards and found it less of a grind and more enjoyable overall. Up Yummy Numby and through the Golden Door. The only thing I'd have done differently would have been taken the Out There descent. One of my favorite rides of the year! Also, great job on the trail maintenance and additional building...So well done!
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Dogride (Jul 26, 2017 at 18:18)
adamr1 is sooo right. This is truly one of the best trails that is so close to the village. Good climb up that is very much worth the pain.
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bikesandbarley (Jun 24, 2017 at 14:54)
XxRCdzd
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tbonetbone (May 14, 2016 at 21:08)
Also there are a number ord trees down in the centre section between Al Grey bridge and Foreplay. WORCA is aware and one of the trail crew will be through this week to clean it up. Enjoy it before the Wedge IPP builds a new road at the Al Grey Bridge and destroys a significant section next summer
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tbonetbone (May 14, 2016 at 21:05)
WORCA is pleased to say there is now no road riding on the route thanks to the Waldorf school and a Chromag trail day we have 1km of new singletrack between Nth Secret and Rethal Creek (Up There)
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adamr1 (Aug 6, 2015 at 10:33)
One of the best longer descents in Whistler. Black tech with rock rolls along the way.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
More Stats for Comfortably Numb mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    142 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,961 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,961 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,103 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -85%
  • Grade min
    44.5%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,577 ft
Avg: 3.9 (8 votes)

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