4,170 ft
6 ft
-702 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Expresso Trail
  • MEC

    since 2012

  • Digger

    since 2012
  • Trevor Hansen

Expresso Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Mount Fromme
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • AKA
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (55 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #2 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Grouse (top 150m) + District of North Vancouver

Thanks to a huge community effort over the span of 4 years led by Digger & the NSMBA, MEC & nsmb.com Expresso now represents a new era of North Shore flow. A golden ribbon of dirt filled with bermed corners from top to bottom, both intermediate and expert riders alike will enjoy the trail with optional tables, roll downs and of course, the big smooth rock ride. Some mandatory woodwork will put this into the category of a black diamond trail for most riders but hey, this is the Shore and is a blue as far as locals are concerned.

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More Stats for Expresso mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -697 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,289 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,986 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,986 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,289 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    98 ft
  • Distance down
    3,998 ft
  • Distance flat
    75 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jun 27, 2022
Avg: 4.55 (238 votes)
Your vote: 0

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Directions to expresso trailhead (49.358820, -123.052240)

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      Sep 11, 2020 from pinkbike.com
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      Expresso Trail Reports

      Jun 27, 2022 @ 11:43am
      2 days
      Wooden bridge a short ride after the main rock slab area is beginning to fail in its riders left side. Has dropped a few inches and the fixtures...
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 11:42am
      2 days
      Bridge on riders left giving way
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 8:33am
      2 days
      Pretty good right now, a little beat up in some corners. The lower corners are smooth and silky. A little marbly in some spots.
      Jun 24, 2022 @ 7:53pm
      Jun 24, 2022
      Jun 20, 2022 @ 10:05pm
      Jun 20, 2022
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 208 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 4,248 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      • 41,250 rides


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      17 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      Ledski (Aug 16, 2017 at 19:27)
       Fun mostly flow downhill with optional built up features.
      • + 3
      Ledski (Aug 16, 2017 at 19:27)
       Pretty soft black as far as I'm concerned.
      • + 4
      JacksonThack (Sep 3, 2018 at 10:00)
       Awesome trail. Best bet for intermediate riders looking to explore higher up the mountain
      • + 0
      crashelman (Sep 14, 2018 at 11:27)
       Great trail with good flow for the shore
      • + 0
      martywis (Mar 25, 2019 at 8:51)
       Hi Guys, I was riding Saturday around 4:00 and saw couple of guys on eBikes riding cross country through the woods (maybe crossing between Crippler and ESpresso)...
      Unfortunately I did not manage to talk to them - but if anybody knows who they were or sees them again, please highlite that riding off trails with ebikes especially will cause damage to our sport and the fantastic location on the northshore.

      btw. I am a eMTB rider as well... and there is more then enough fun on the perfect existing trails!

      Please respect and share this attitude!!!!

      • + 1
      Sunnylarson (Jul 30, 2019 at 7:01)
       Super fun. Great North Shore flava.
      • + 1
      thierrym (Sep 28, 2019 at 18:09)
       Funand and pretty fast, with lots of kickers.
      • + 1
      JTJ10 (Apr 11, 2020 at 12:53)
       Rode the trail a couple days ago for the first time. Although its rated blue on trail forks there are some harder sections and some decent drops, this may partly be because the trail has gotten a bit beaten up from winter and all the traffic it receives but with the current virus situation there may not be much trail maintenance for a while so keep that in mind if your expecting something really blue your first time down the trail. Still a really fun trail and great entry level black diamond, if you can handle floppy bunny(the more techy parts and bridges not the optional jumps) and you want to step it up I would recommend it, the climb is long in comparison but its a fun trail with the hardest features optional so you can work your way up to them, also the hardest non-optional parts are pretty easy to walk and there are only a couple.

      All around awesome entry level black trail and im exited to ride it again in the next couple of days!
      • + 1
      Edu888 (May 14, 2020 at 21:07)
       Blue trail with black options. If you don't ride the optional stuff, it's solidly a blue trail.
      • + 1
      Wesmacaulay FVMBA - ADMIN (Jun 5, 2021 at 21:11)
       First time on Espresso. Fun trail, mostly easy blue with some rock slab descents that are black.
      • + 0
      b-rider (Aug 23, 2021 at 13:40)
       I dropped my driver's license by accident at the entrance to Expresso today (Aug. 23). Realized this when I got to ladies only, went back up and it was gone. Pm me on pinkbike if you happened to pick it up.
      • - 3
      98teg (Aug 24, 2021 at 19:49)
       Love this trail, 2nd time riding it, the only crappy part his having to ride baden powel trail. Definitely an easier black, speed is you friend.
      • - 2
      FancyMango (Aug 31, 2021 at 1:35)
       Man, I want to go ride that trail for the first time, but I cant go alone. Maybe someday.
      • + 2
      gg444 (Sep 11, 2021 at 21:27)
       Amazing entry level black, the best flow trail on the Shore by far (sorry Bobsled). I would consider it slightly easier than Floppy just becuase it's a bit more flowy and faster for intermediates, and definitely worth the climb. I always finish my day riding Expresso during golden hour.
      • + 1
      Mcyeetus (Sep 26, 2021 at 12:02)
       An awesome trail on Fromme. Good mix of flow and a little tech. Also includes some harder features if you would like to challenge yourself but there are go around for all of them.
      • + 1
      Superepicguy264 (May 3, 2022 at 14:30)
       Is a blue but has one section with a double black diamond rick roll and both ride arounds are black diamond
      but easy to walk down
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