2 miles
Distance
29 ft
Climb
-1,804 ft
Descent
00:28:53
Avg time

Dark Crystal Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Blackcomb
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #451 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking
  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,775 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,431 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,206 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,206 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,431 ft
  • Grade
    -19.339%
  • Grade max
    -53.521%
  • Grade min
    14.911%
  • Distance climb
    368 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    249 ft
  • Avg time
    00:28:53
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:36
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Status:
on Sep 27, 2019
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.75 (45 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Dark Crystal Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 7:15pm
      Sep 27, 2019
      Closed for repairs. Do not ride - even if you think it's fine to ride heavily saturated and snow covered trails. You are causing tons of damage...
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 12:57pm
      Sep 27, 2019
      Snow at the top make the slabs dicey!
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 7:23am
      Sep 27, 2019
      Over saturated and full of mud and puddles. The best thing you can do is contact dirtshifter@gmail.com to find out about lending a hand to help...
      Sep 22, 2019 @ 12:54pm
      Sep 22, 2019
      Wet rocks and roots, be prepared to slip and walk some features
      Sep 14, 2019 @ 8:39am
      Sep 14, 2019
      Expect greasy roots and slick rock faces
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      •  
      6 Months
      • 1,008 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,041 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      44 |
      Aug 26, 2019 @ 10:35pm
      Aug 26, 2019
      103 |
      Aug 2, 2019 @ 5:04pm
      Aug 2, 2019
      610 |
      Oct 7, 2017 @ 4:30pm
      Oct 7, 2017
      559 |
      Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:55pm
      Aug 21, 2016

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Blackcomb up to Dark Crystal down to Comfortably Numb
      10 miles
      Frequent Visitor - Day 3
      9 miles
      Dirty 30 Thriller
      16 miles

      13 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag jaydawg69 (Sep 25, 2017 at 20:05)
       I thought this trail was off limits?
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      flag Sun2306 (Sep 26, 2017 at 7:06)
       not anymore wb announced it
      [Reply]
      • + 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?
      [Reply]
      • + 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!
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag TheSpangler (Jul 26, 2018 at 8:16)
       Please don't let the rumours be true, do not let this be raced in the EWS WORCA, please no!!!
      [Reply]
      • + 4
      flag flipfantasia WORCA (Jul 26, 2018 at 8:25)
       lots of rumours every year. WORCA has no jurisdiction over Whistler Blackcomb CRA trails, FYI.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag chubby5000 (Sep 1, 2018 at 22:46)
       It’s a long way up and took me about 21 minutes to get down. It stars out rad and all slabby, then turns into a monster loamer and descends into a BEAUTIFUL mossy forest. I’m not a local and therefore don’t know if I’d do it again but it is definitely a great trail. There’s a rock roll with an angled root that runs a cross it that I was too much of a chicken to ride down. The rest was pretty straight forward and fun (for me!!!). Great trail
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag bizandres (Jul 9, 2019 at 11:49)
       How long does this trail take to dry out?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag edwardkim (Jul 10, 2019 at 23:04)
       Rode yesterday. Big boulder rolls. Epic ride
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag roopeh (Aug 17, 2019 at 16:35)
       Rode it yesterday and its an awesome trail however 4 riders on rental e-(motor)bikes passed us on the climb and then the same riders were stopped half way down the trail to fix a flatty, are they allowed on here as it made me a bit sad?
      [Reply]

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