4,804 ft
Distance
33 ft
Climb
-584 ft
Descent
00:24:00
Avg time

Chainsaw Ridge Details

  • Riding area
    South Benson
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • 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
    No
  • 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 mountain 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
    00:24:00
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on Oct 25, 2017
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Avg: 4.5 (2 votes)

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Chainsaw Ridge Trail Reports

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Oct 25, 2017 @ 11:49pm
Oct 25, 2017
Oct 24, 2017 @ 5:14pm
Oct 24, 2017
Most of the trail is running good except at the very top where you drop in there is lots of broken glass on the entry to the trail. Be prepared...
Sep 21, 2017 @ 1:58pm
Sep 21, 2017
reporter
Aug 4, 2017 @ 12:04pm
Aug 4, 2017
reporter Land Manager has closed this trail due to extreme fire risk. Please respect trail closures.
Jul 2, 2017 @ 4:44pm
Jul 2, 2017
reporter Just keeps getting better and better!
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Chainsaw Ridge, Nanaimo
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Chainsaw Ridge, Nanaimo
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Sep 3, 2017 @ 8:32am
Sep 3, 2017
Chainsaw Ridge, My City
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Sep 3, 2017 @ 8:30am
Sep 3, 2017
Chainsaw Ridge, My City

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