2 miles
Distance
42 ft
Climb
-1,792 ft
Descent
00:30:33
Avg time

Dark Crystal Details

  • Riding area
    Blackcomb
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #2513
  • Year Opened
    2015
  • Land Manager
    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.

More Stats for Dark Crystal mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,750 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,447 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,198 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,198 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,447 ft
  • Grade
    -19.055%
  • Grade max
    -52.537%
  • Grade min
    8.054%
  • Distance climb
    538 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    114 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:33
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:36
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Status:
on Jul 19, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.55 (14 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to dark-crystal trailhead (50.119223, -122.907062)
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Dark Crystal Trail Reports

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Jul 19, 2018 @ 3:47pm
2 days
reporter Dark Crystal will be closed indefinitely due to the construction efforts taking place on the access road.
Jul 12, 2018 @ 6:19am
Jul 12, 2018
Repairs are still in progress. Most major issues have been addressed and the trail is drying out nicely. *** ROCK BLASTING on access road above...
Jul 5, 2018 @ 4:48pm
Jul 5, 2018
Closed temporarily while we do some repairs to the muddy and danger sections that formed after opening. It will be worth the wait and shouldn't be...
Jul 3, 2018 @ 12:10pm
Jul 3, 2018
I would suggest leaving this trail for at least a week. We saw the WORCA announcement about it opening on July 1 but it is not ready. It is a...
Jul 3, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Jul 3, 2018
Hey just thought id reach out in regard to the dark crystal email blast in the latest Worca update. I was stoked to see it open on July first but...
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Oct 7, 2017 @ 4:31pm
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Oct 7, 2017 @ 4:30pm
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Dark Crystal, Whistler
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Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:55pm
Aug 21, 2016
Dark Crystal, Whistler

7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag jaydawg69 (Sep 25, 2017 at 20:05)
 I thought this trail was off limits?
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  • + 3
flag Sun2306 (Sep 26, 2017 at 7:06)
 not anymore wb announced it
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  • + 4
flag flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 26, 2017 at 7:51)
 the Province has signed off on it as part of the public trail network in the WB Controlled Rec Area.
[Reply]
  • + 1
flag kevin267 (Sep 26, 2017 at 21:36)
 'was'... not anymore
[Reply]
  • + 1
flag jaydawg69 (Sep 27, 2017 at 8:24)
 does WB allow bikes on the road now?
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  • + 3
flag flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 27, 2017 at 9:24)
 only above Micro Climate
[Reply]
  • + 1
flag Aliceoutside (Sep 26, 2017 at 20:38)
 Awesome trail!
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