5,279 ft
Distance
-1,066 ft
Descent
00:14:04
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Howler (lower) Trail
  • Zander Strathearn
    Builder

Howler (lower) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Rainbow
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1243 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #14493 in E-Biking
    • #17957 in Trail Running
    • #12296 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 35 in E-Biking
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013

This trail is a great wet weather trail, Lower Howler is in low angle terrain compared to the upper two sections but still, have great views. The is just enough tech to keep you on your toes, but with enough flow you can open it up and really enjoy it, knowing there are no major features, drops, or jumps, to catch you unawares. The rock up there, however, is sharp so bring spare tubes

Access Info

Starting from the very top of Alpine Way (no parking), climb Cultured Climb to Rick's Roost (name of the access road, not an actual trail) until you don't want to climb any more. You will pass Cat Scratch Fever, Green Monster, and the Flank turn-off to Billy Epic. Keep going. Past the Flank, the trail mellows until you reach a big bridge over 19 mile creek. Shortly after the creek, you will pass the Skywalk Hiking trail on your left and you will see a motor-vehicle gate straight ahead, take the right towards Lower Skywalk and Lower Howler. The access is an old low angle slightly wet skidder road that contours, expect to see hikers as its the primary access to the hiking trail network, continue along the roadbed until you reach Howler.

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More Stats for Howler (lower) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,066 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,455 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,521 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,521 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,454 ft
  • Grade
    -20.2%
  • Grade max
    -44.9%
  • Grade min
    2.5%
  • Distance climb
    92 ft
  • Distance down
    5,151 ft
  • Distance flat
    36 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:04
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Status:
on Aug 25, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 4.4 (44 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Howler (lower) Trail Reports

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      Aug 25, 2021 @ 9:09am
      Aug 25, 2021
      Aug 12, 2021 @ 8:34pm
      Aug 12, 2021
      Dry, but oddly grippy!
      Jul 20, 2021 @ 12:39pm
      Jul 20, 2021
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 1:46pm
      Jun 11, 2021
      Running all time right now.
      Jun 4, 2021 @ 1:41pm
      Jun 4, 2021
      In great shape.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 28 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 594 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,941 rides
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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      R26 (Sep 12, 2017 at 23:54)
       Like all Whistler trails at the moment, this one is very dry, very loose and has suffered from all the traffic. Having said that, it was so much fun! I can only imagine how nice it would be without the axle deep ruts and with a bit of actual traction - when you get into the steep chutes in the middle of the trail, your smile won't fit in your helmet.

      This is up near the top of my favourite Whistler descents.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      v102013 (Jun 5, 2018 at 20:36)
       Awesome Trail reel good flow but still fairly challenging in places pretty rocky near the top but all in all a great Trail!
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      • - 1
      BudGreen (Jul 14, 2018 at 21:55)
       This trail is generic and not worth the amount of pedaling. It's pretty much just steep switchbacks with no interesting features. To get to it, you pedal past one of the best trails in the area: Green Monster. I wouldn't pedal past Green Monster if I were you.
      [Reply]
      • - 3
      sumarongi (Oct 12, 2018 at 12:54)
       It’s a trail
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      flipfantasia WORCA (Oct 12, 2018 at 14:02)
       insightful
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      deln78 (Jul 7, 2019 at 10:24)
       Challenging trail. I did the middle and lower sections. The middle section is harder, with steep, tight switchbacks. Lots of steep chutes and a ock chunk. Consistently technical the whole way. Well worth the pedal up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Kirnlawkid (Jul 24, 2019 at 21:45)
       Awesome trail, felt like Tweed Valley Golfie with major rocks added, wonderful
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      • + 0
      Samuryan (Aug 3, 2020 at 15:19)
       Great trail to dip your toes into the black diamond category... Some super fun, steep and technical sections make this worth the climb!
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