2 miles
Distance
29 ft
Climb
-1,804 ft
Descent
00:28:09
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
    #483
  • 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
    -1,775 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
    00:28:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:00:36
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Status:
on Sep 12, 2018
Wet
Avg: 4.5 (21 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 (50.119120, -122.906950)
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Dark Crystal Trail Reports

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Sep 12, 2018 @ 9:01am
Sep 12, 2018
Sep 3, 2018 @ 2:15pm
Sep 3, 2018
Drying out after the recent rains, but still not particularly dusty. Was in good shape.
Sep 2, 2018 @ 2:58pm
Sep 2, 2018
It’s running really nicely. The loam is moist and the rocks are grippy.
Aug 31, 2018 @ 9:15am
Aug 31, 2018
Pretty slick after the rain but no mud. Rain helped to pack in or wash away dust and small rocks making loose sections, particularly corners, much...
Aug 18, 2018 @ 11:51am
Aug 18, 2018
Really great riding. Please take it easy and try to limit the roosting and break lock ups. Trail is ridding great. Let’s keep it that way.
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Oct 7, 2017 @ 4:30pm
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Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:55pm
Aug 21, 2016
Dark Crystal, Whistler

10 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.
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  • + 1
flag kevin267 (Sep 26, 2017 at 21:36)
 'was'... not anymore
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  • + 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
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  • + 1
flag Aliceoutside (Sep 26, 2017 at 20:38)
 Awesome trail!
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  • + 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!!!
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  • + 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.
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  • + 0
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
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