1.7 miles
Distance
-1,742 ft
Descent
00:33:31
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Dark Crystal Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Blackcomb CRA
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (12 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    July - November
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #300 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2015
  • Land Owner
    Whistler Blackcomb

This trail is NOT SUITABLE for wet weather riding. Please choose other trails during periods of rain or extended wet weather.

Now officially a part of the Blackcomb trail network, Dark Crystal descends from the bottom of the Crystal Ridge Express chairlift to the Blackcomb Access Road next to Micro Climate. Built by Scott Veach and Ben Haggar, Dark Crystal was designed to use as much natural terrain as possible with low angles to keep riders from having to use their brakes, and as a result, ensure the trail has longevity. It integrates as many rock slabs and faces as possible throughout and overall the descend is a lot of bang for your buck.

Disclaimer

Please follow these trail guidelines: - Respect spring and fall seasonal closures, due to trail conditions and black bear hibernation. - No Dogs. - No access above Microclimate before 9:30am daily.

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More Stats for Dark Crystal mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,742 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,452 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,194 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,194 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,451 ft
  • Grade
    -19%
  • Grade max
    -57.8%
  • Grade min
    1.7%
  • Distance climb
    59 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    00:33:31
  • Avg reverse time
    01:16:44
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on May 13, 2024
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.8 (84 votes)
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      Outside Logo Articles

      Video: A Rip Down Blackcomb's Dark Crystal in 'Crystallize'
      Jan 1, 2020 from pinkbike.com
      Lucy Mackie takes a ride down Dark Crystal.
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      Dark Crystal Trail Reports

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      May 13, 2024 @ 10:59am
      May 13, 2024
      reporter
      Still covered in snow up top. Closed for Spring maintenance.
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:10pm
      Nov 25, 2023
      reporter CLOSED for winter ski resort operations.
      Oct 16, 2023 @ 10:49am
      Oct 16, 2023
      reporter
      Dead fall has been cleared. holes filled in the rougher sections up top. Please stay off the fresh work until it's a bit drier
      Oct 12, 2023 @ 6:59am
      Oct 12, 2023
      Fallen tree 1/3 of the way down
      Oct 7, 2023 @ 10:58am
      Oct 7, 2023
      Mostly ideal conditions with a few soft spots and wet slabs
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      Jan 1, 2020
      Video: A Rip Down Blackcomb's Dark Crystal in 'Crystallize' Video: A Rip Down Blackcomb's Dark Crystal in 'Crystallize'
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