1,157 ft
Distance
2 ft
Climb
-158 ft
Descent
00:02:50
Avg time

Griffen Switchbacks Details

  • Riding area
    Mount Fromme
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    District of North Vancouver

A minor connector trail used to connect King of the Shore, Lower Griffen, Immonator to the exits at Mountain View Park on Coleman

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Griffen Switchbacks mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -156 ft
  • Altitude min
    813 ft
  • Altitude max
    969 ft
  • Altitude start
    969 ft
  • Altitude end
    813 ft
  • Grade
    -13.452%
  • Grade max
    -26.737%
  • Grade min
    3.624%
  • Distance climb
    47 ft
  • Distance down
    1,110 ft
  • Avg time
    00:02:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:11
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Status:
on Jan 10, 2018
Wet
Avg: 3.2 (23 votes)

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Griffen Switchbacks Trail Reports

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Jan 10, 2018 @ 9:56am
Jan 10, 2018
reporter Same as always
Dec 19, 2017 @ 11:53am
Dec 19, 2017
reporter
Dec 17, 2017 @ 2:17pm
Dec 17, 2017
reporter A few drainage issues. Cleared up a bit more of the flooded corner near the bottom, but it really needs that drain rebuilding.
Dec 15, 2017 @ 5:14pm
Dec 15, 2017
Trail has seen better days. Which isn't saying much. Switchbacks are pretty washed out. Exit out via Lower Griffin to minimize frustration.
Dec 3, 2017 @ 9:41pm
Dec 3, 2017
reporter Looks like a tree came down over the final corner before the easy final ladder bridge section back out to BP. Culvert and drain blocked, with...
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Griffen Switchbacks, Vancouver
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Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:16pm
Aug 29, 2015
Griffen Switchbacks, Vancouver
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Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:45pm
Aug 29, 2015
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Routes with this trail

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Ryan's Route 777
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag leelau Plus (Jun 4, 2016 at 20:07)
 I did a fair amount of work on this trail in 2011 - 2013 mainly in the section downhill of the switchbacks building up low points so they were above the water table and cutting out portions of the log that obstructed half the trail (the smiley faced log that's now obscured by moss). Even had the permit for the work from DNV via Graham Knell.

Sharon and I would hike the trail frequently from 2008 to 2012 to clear out the drains and sweep it of debris.

It's been a couple of years since I've ridden the switchbacks. They're still tight and awkward and janky and Jerry Willows would still hate them (inside joke). The drains are still unplugged. The water is now off the trail and it seems to see less use so the greenery, salal and ferns have had a chance to grow back. It's good to see this old friend look better.
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