4,804 ft
Distance
33 ft
Climb
-584 ft
Descent
00:23:31
Avg time

Chainsaw Ridge Details

  • Riding Area
    South Benson
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May-Nov
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking

Starting at the SE Mt. Benson summit, the trail descends the SE ridgeline of Mt. Benson via a variety of steep rock slabs and chutes. Keep an eye open for optional large slabs and high lines. After descending to El. 900 m, the trail traverses the ridgeline at a lower grade with a few short, punchy climbs. At El. 880 m, the trail drops in steeply to join into Meat Draw for a long, technical descent.

Access Info

Climb Mt Benson via any route (typically the Benson Summit Road) to the SE summit (where the upper radio tower is lcoated). Drop in from the summit to the north (towards Nanaimo) from the abandoned radio tower footing, following open slabs towards the lower radio tower. East of the lower radio tower, the trail becomes more well defined singletrack.

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

More Stats for Chainsaw Ridge bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -551 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,785 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,336 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,336 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,785 ft
  • Grade
    -11.469%
  • Grade max
    -45.192%
  • Grade min
    10.622%
  • Distance climb
    638 ft
  • Distance down
    3,687 ft
  • Distance flat
    478 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:31
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Status:
on Sep 9, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.65 (6 votes)

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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to chainsaw-ridge-92698 trailhead (49.149640, -124.050530)
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Chainsaw Ridge Trail Reports

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Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:31pm
Sep 9, 2018
reporter
Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:30pm
Sep 9, 2018
reporter
Jul 23, 2018 @ 12:25am
Jul 23, 2018
reporter Land Manager has closed this trail due to extreme fire risk. Please respect trail closures.
Jul 15, 2018 @ 10:12am
Jul 15, 2018
reporter
Jun 14, 2018 @ 9:56am
Jun 14, 2018
Dry for the most part. There's no water anymore so bring lots.
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Photos

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Oct 21, 2018 @ 8:54pm
Oct 21, 2018
Chainsaw Ridge, Voss
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Oct 21, 2018 @ 8:54pm
Oct 21, 2018
Chainsaw Ridge, Voss
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May 16, 2018 @ 10:30pm
May 16, 2018
Chainsaw Ridge, Nanaimo
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Apr 25, 2018 @ 8:13pm
Apr 25, 2018
Chainsaw Ridge, Nanaimo

Routes with this trail

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PDJAF p/b Nanaimo -- Mt. Benson
10 miles

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag chubby5000 (Jun 15, 2018 at 10:55)
 This trail is rad. The general concensus is that most people ride it once and they’re done with it. But I loved it. It’s a trials rider’s dream descent. Full of that beautiful super grippy Nanaimo rock, beautiful views, burly rock rolls, and ultra technical 4-lo sections throughout. I don’t think it would be fun on a DH bike, it’s too technical and you need to pedal a lot. It’s one of those trails that you could call yourself a hero if you rode the whole thing without dabbing.
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  • + 0
flag zinedith (Aug 14, 2018 at 22:03)
 Lots of pedaling and not really worth the hike. I would drop in at meat draw. Meat draw and rollercoaster have a lot more flow and less pedaling... However, it is beautiful from up there!
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  • + 1
flag MarcioFranco (Oct 21, 2018 at 20:52)
 Rad trail! Definitely a double black and som much tech and fun stuff. Sharp skills required to match the combo!
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