11 miles
Distance
2,785 ft
Climb
-2,804 ft
Descent
1,993 ft
High Point

This route is a simple guide, directions can change with interpretation. If you're unsure about directions or difficulty we highly encourage you to grab a guide on one of our daily Singletrack Tours

A loop that features a fun mix of technical and flow descents along with a large climb and classic Squamish rock moves.

From the Diamond head carpark you will climb the ‘Stl’lhalem Sintl’ (Legacy Climb) trail. You will remain on this trail for a long time, following the switchback climb you will cross several FSR’s and aim to navigate several optional turns always aiming to stay on the ‘Stl’lhalem Sintl’ climb. Eventually you will reach a flat section of trail, go left here taking you to the entrance for ‘Angry M’.

Descend ‘Angry M’, which is a fun & fast technical trail with a number of fun root features, until you reach the first and only large wooden bridge half way down the descent. From here you have two options,

Option 1
Cross the bridge and look to take an immediate left turn to take you onto ‘Half Nelson’, be aware and give way to descending riders on both trails as you make the move to switch trail. Join ‘Half Nelson’ and turn right to descend this fun flow trail until you reach ‘Ring Creek Access Road’.

Option 2
Continue on from the bridge completing ‘Angry M’ descending to ‘Ring Creek Access Road’

Go left on ‘Ring Creek Access Road’ and head towards what is a large open area used as a carpark. Descend into ‘‘Another Man’s Gold’ starting on the opposite side of the road. The trail head is frequently obscured from view by parked cars. ‘Another Man’s Gold’ is a fun flow trail with tight corners to get started, follow this trail and go left at the split, ending on the bridge crossing ‘Ring Creek’

Cross the bridge and climb up to the first junction on ‘Ring Creek Rip’ taking a right up the ‘Power House Plunge Access trail’, soon after you start climbing go right at the split at a map and info board.

Soon after passing a large boulder in the trail you will find the entrance to ‘Power House Plunge’ take this turn right and then stay right as you split and follow the technical descent into ‘Power Hoods’.


On the exit of ‘Power Hoods’ take the immediate climb up ‘Blindside Connector’ keeping left at the first fork to take you up and around a steep gravel bend.

Climb ‘Blindside Connector’ until the next fork and onto ‘Hood Connector’ taking you into the forest. Head straight on at the crossing to climb ‘Bonsai’ be aware of motorized vehicles and descending riders in this area.

As you reach the top of ‘Bonsai’ you have two options

Option 1
Take a right and descend into ‘Unrelated Dead Guys’ a fun slow paced technical trail featuring lots of rock roll moves. Eventually rejoining ‘Somewhere over there’ at a large bridge, go right at this point.

Option 2
Go left and descend the large rock slab into the top section of ‘Somewhere Over There’ a fun fast technical section leading you onto a large wooden bridge feature.

Continue on from the large bridge into a series of rock rolls that increase in size. Optional go-arounds are available to the left. Look for a rock roll move ending in a tight right turn onto a wooden bridge and a junction. Go right at this junction and follow the short climb into the final technical descent on’ Somewhere Over There’.

Exit ‘Somewhere Over There’ and go right to climb ‘Powerhouse access road’ keep right at the first junction, then go left to descend ‘Poop Alley’. Exit ‘Poop Alley’ and go right to descend across ‘Ring Creek’ over a large wooden bridge. Climb up from the bridge onto ‘Garibaldi Park Road’, go right and climb back up to complete the loop.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for The Arbutus Routes - Squamish Quest Loop (Advanced) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    350 ft
  • Altitude start
    684 ft
  • Altitude end
    666 ft
  • Grade max
    -97%
  • Grade min
    70.3%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,120 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Climb Trail - Stl'lhalem Sintl'
      Jan 10, 2020 @ 5:06pm
      Jan 10, 2020
      Cleared
      Ring Creek Access Road
      Jan 9, 2020 @ 3:49pm
      Jan 9, 2020
      Tree down just after Hybrid. You can ride under it but for now it is blocked to 4 wheeled vehicle traffic
      Half Nelson
      Jan 5, 2020 @ 8:03pm
      Jan 5, 2020
      Cut out all the blown down trees on Half Nelson and DP. Still lots of branches and sticks on the trail. reporter
      Somewhere Over There
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 9:38am
      Dec 22, 2019
      Hoods Connector
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 9:38am
      Dec 22, 2019
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