945 ft
-230 ft
Avg time
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Digger Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Mount Fromme
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (5 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #4011 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #5946 in Trail Running
    • #3401 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 50 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    District of North Vancouver

Technical trail containing many steep natural and man-made TTFs. The TTFs are very skinny and challenging. Not a beginner trail.

Digger is a steep, old school, techy, VERY slow and precise trail. If you want fast flow with jumps and drops, this totally is not the trail for you. If you like precise, start and stop, slow trials-like technical, hit it Avoid taking new riders and those without a good rear wheel sense down it.

Access Info

Accessed off Baden Powell, exciting at Braemar road close to the powerlines.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Digger mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -232 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,210 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,442 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,442 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,211 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance down
    945 ft
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on Oct 1, 2021
Avg: 4.45 (28 votes)

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Digger Trail Reports

      Oct 1, 2021 @ 5:03pm
      Oct 1, 2021
      Rain has washed out a few sections. Still rideable tho
      Sep 21, 2021 @ 3:31pm
      Sep 21, 2021
      May 29, 2021 @ 3:11pm
      May 29, 2021
      reporter Not too shabby
      May 13, 2021 @ 9:46pm
      May 13, 2021
      Apr 4, 2021 @ 2:24pm
      Apr 4, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 124 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      • 697 rides


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      Jun 14, 2013 @ 3:08pm
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      Jun 14, 2013 @ 3:07pm
      Jun 14, 2013
      960 |
      Feb 29, 2004 @ 7:43pm
      Feb 29, 2004
      776 |
      Feb 29, 2004 @ 7:43pm
      Feb 29, 2004

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      Fromme All Trails 2018
      45 miles

      18 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      daslade (May 12, 2018 at 18:36)
       Had a hard time figuring out where the trail was on descent, very slow techy trail, almost seems decommissioned
      • - 1
      leelau (Jun 21, 2018 at 17:24)
       What an absolute shite trail. Chunder from water damage doesn't even begin to describe it. It's been a long time since I rode it and I wish it had been longer
      • + 2
      blackfly (Jul 2, 2018 at 16:46)
       Chunder to you is old school tech gnar to me. Went down it today on a new bike, and it was too much for the bike I had but I have gone down this trail for years and love the roughness of it. There is sad lack of it on Fromme anymore; and I agree you might not like the NSMBA and try to throw them under the bus any chance you get but if you are going to at least pick the trails they have really screwed up, or, allowed to die due to a mandate of low risk riding and minimal litigiousness by the DNV. Hence Seventh, Expresso, Crinkum et al... Personally if you can't ride it, don't do it. No harm there.
      • - 1
      leelau (Jul 4, 2018 at 14:45)
       Pete you and I are going to have to (respectfully) agree to disagree with respect to this trail.

      You are definitely the asymptote in the bell curve.

      And I don't despise the NSMBA for what they did to trails. My lack of trust is due to their encouragement of harassment, misogyny and hypocrisy
      • + 4
      Gphilly88 (Jan 1, 2019 at 17:11)
       Can't agree more! If risk is an issue, don't ride trails like this (the ones that may exist still that is!). Given that many riders can't even get onto the skinny features, there is probably less risk on a trail like Digger compared to newer flow trails - I mean, I can go flat out on Lower Espresso, and if I stay off the brakes, some fun, stupid speed can be had. At top speed I almost flew off the trail one day. Whereas on a technical trail like Digger, you were required to go at a slow, calculated speed,...with extra focus. If anything I am more careful and less likely to bail on a trail like the old Digger, bc I know my skill level and the focus required. Missing the old school trails.... www.pinkbike.com/video/337553
      • + 1
      blackfly (Jul 22, 2018 at 15:45)
       I went down the bottom half of this trail today and saw the "new work". Typical bermed, flow low litigious mandate...exactly what Digger is not. And you know where this is going: the new line will be established and the old school line, instead of being preserved as an option, will be decommissioned. Again, another piece of old school tech gone. And it is coming; they have already covered over some of the lowest parts. Whats worse, if you go to Pink Starfish (pushed up it to see) they felled live trees to block the lines. I thought falling live trees was completely verboten. Apparently not. And if you really look at it, I bet Lower Digger and Boundary will be the next to go since they don't follow a mandate of low risk trails. I admit I prefer my trails a bit more techy/rocky/tough but to slowly eliminate them and/or dumb them down is not only systemic but wrong on so many levels.

      And really, this is all a NSMBA issue since they decide what gets work and what type of work. And on this, I don't agree at all. Each has their reasons I guess. But regardless, Digger's demise is coming and again, once gone, there is no getting it back. I just don't agree with why but I understand it even it has no basis on fact.
      • + 0
      robgibb (Oct 25, 2018 at 21:17)
       the trail description on this trail could not be further from the truth...there are zero man made ttf's left on this trail. I am not judging whether there should be or not but the description is wrong.
      • + 6
      ninesix (May 18, 2019 at 10:26)
       Im all for maintenance.. but... turning a listed "double black" into a blue. The North Shore is loosing its roots, literally.
      • + 2
      icullis (Oct 10, 2019 at 13:02)
       Flagging is up for a refresh of digger...the flow is coming. Whether we like it or not.
      • + 2
      blackfly (Jan 24, 2021 at 9:10)
       It is the NSMBA that is doing this, not the DNV. In reference to Upper Digger apparently they are going to make it a flow line (as if Fromme needs more) to placate to the "new riders" that are invading the hill with few becoming NSMBA members. You would think the NSMBA would wise up to the fact that if their membership was not growing with all they have done so far how it is going to with more dumbed down flow. I personally am tired beyond fed up with the obvious mandate for Fromme, but the NSMBA board is voted in, so there is a way to change it.....
      • + 2
      bboyshredder (Mar 23, 2020 at 16:21)
      • + 3
      cameronclark (Jul 18, 2020 at 9:38)
       If you can’t ride it don’t complain about it
      • + 2
      chubby5000 (Apr 9, 2021 at 8:05)
       I love this trail. I’m no bro but please please please keep it gnarly!!!! Maybe a good squirrel catcher is needed at the beginning?
      • + 0
      Juliany (May 11, 2021 at 13:58)
       I feel like some of these comments are for lower digger (below st Mary’s), which is now definitely flow (like expresso. Upper digger (between Basel powel and st Mary’s) is still north shore natural features. Looks like there are some decomishioned man made features but it’s mostly natural anyway. Pretty bumpy, steep in parts. Definitely not fast flow - that’s lower digger.
      • + 0
      cannae (Sep 3, 2021 at 12:08)
       Extremely chunky and tight with lots of erosion. Trail looks almost decommissioned at this point.
      • + 5
      chris2 (Sep 3, 2021 at 13:10)
       Sounds like it's running perfectly then. Preserve the gnar!
      • + 2
      icullis (Sep 24, 2021 at 9:40)
       Rode the trail today. It's running fabulous! Been raked a few rocks added. Keep up the great work!!
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