686 ft
56 ft
Avg time
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Griffen (Uphill) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Mount Fromme
    North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    White (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Uphill Only
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    All Season
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #573 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #283 in Trail Running
    • #947 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 90 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    District of North Vancouver

Griffen's uphill section is a good climb, but not easy. The early part of the climb will get your blood flowing but the remainder is nice flowing uphill climb that you can keep your speed going. Of course, with all North Shore rides, some may find the this somewhat technical if they are not from here, but this is considered relatively easy climb with no technical features. Climb Griffen instead of Mountain Highway road, it will keep you honest and warm you up for the Mountain Highway dirt road climb.

Access Info

Start off McNair

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Griffen (Uphill) multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    56 ft
  • Altitude min
    843 ft
  • Altitude max
    899 ft
  • Altitude start
    843 ft
  • Altitude end
    899 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    545 ft
  • Distance down
    59 ft
  • Distance flat
    82 ft
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on Jul 21, 2022
Avg: 3.95 (14 votes)
Your vote: 0

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      Griffen (Uphill) Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 50 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,799 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      • 15,678 rides
      • Last: Aug 7, 2022


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      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      MrTylerHaines (Oct 21, 2020 at 16:44)
      If folks are allowed to two-way king of the shore and roadside attraction, I don’t see the issue in making this relatively small section also two-way. May as well be consistent. Especially when many black and double blacks are labeled as two-way on Trailforks. Laf
      • + 3
      brenthillier NSMBA (Oct 21, 2020 at 21:06)
      Lots of politics in this area. New things are coming. But for now, please respect the uphill only.
      • + 3
      vbeasse SHORE CORPS (Oct 23, 2020 at 17:25)
      This trail was built as an uphill only, the construction of up only trails differs from two way or down hill trails. They are simply not designed to handle the downhill use, this is the main reason for the signage. The corners and sign lines are the major differences. I acknowledge that this is the more viable exit for many, please see Brent' s reply. I hope this helps.
      • + 1
      heckler73 NSMBA (May 28, 2020 at 8:06)
      the ‘ascent only’ sign at the top of Griffen (Uphill) trail is actually not visible if you are descending from Lower Griffen/watertower exit. If the sign were rotated to the side of the post that’s visible while descending, that might help with wrong-wayers. (We ran into a group of beginner downriders too).
      • + 2
      vbeasse SHORE CORPS (May 28, 2020 at 9:28)
      yes, it's only visible from the Imonator entrance off the BP. Up to this point I have been remiss to move the signs location as many novice, children and families use the trail to get back to McNair. The Baden Powell exit is not an easy way out for them as it is quite rough.

      Signs to suggest to exit by the Water towers, this however is not as "fun" as riding a trail back to the road.

      What really needs to happen is some maintenance on the BP, I've looked at it but the project is beyond what I can handle!
      • + 1
      heckler73 NSMBA (Oct 23, 2020 at 18:14)
      shoot, I just figured out why - the sign is for Imonator downhill riders climbing back up to the water tower exit! :hits forehead smiley:
      • + 1
      pitter (Aug 16, 2018 at 7:26)
      Recent trail updates have significantly reduced the technical nature of this climb. As of August 2018 I the climb is smooth and steady.


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