1,590 ft
Distance
-381 ft
Descent
00:07:57
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Howler (upper) Trail
  • Zander Strathearn
    Builder

Howler (upper) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Rainbow
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Jun-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2841 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #16008 in E-Biking
    • #9414 in Trail Running
    • #15035 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 35 in E-Biking
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013

Upper section added to the inimitable Howler. This section has a steep access climb, and drops in on steeper and more difficult terrain than the section below it. With some very sharp and steep rock, choose your lines carefully and bring tubes It's a LONG way out to be stuck without spares.

Access Info

Climb to Howler, then continue to follow the flank. Once past the main Howler entrance, the Flank narrows and steepens becoming more of a hiking trail with tight steep switchbacks, roots, and loose rock. Continue climbing until you get to a slab rockface, at the top of which the trail starts to the left.

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More Stats for Howler (upper) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -381 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,038 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,419 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,419 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,038 ft
  • Grade
    -23.95%
  • Grade max
    -40.505%
  • Grade min
    0.683%
  • Distance climb
    46 ft
  • Distance down
    1,544 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:57
  • Avg reverse time
    00:26:21
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Status:
on Oct 31, 2021
Variable
Avg: 4.9 (19 votes)

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

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      Oct 31, 2021 @ 10:04am
      Oct 31, 2021
      A bit of snow at the start. First ladder bridge in particular looking sketchy. After that all good.
      Aug 12, 2021 @ 8:33pm
      Aug 12, 2021
      Dry, but oddly grippy!
      Jul 20, 2021 @ 12:39pm
      Jul 20, 2021
      Dry but running pretty good still.
      Jul 3, 2021 @ 3:59pm
      Jul 3, 2021
      Rocks coming loose and falling in the line in places.
      Jun 19, 2021 @ 5:58pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      Awesome shape. Snow free all the way up and down.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 172 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      FernieRonan (Jun 28, 2020 at 16:46)
       Don’t wait long at the top or you’ll be eaten alive. Clench your teeth and butt hole then giver. Amazed no one got a flat.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      ben-hryciw (Jul 23, 2020 at 14:30)
       "inimitable"; adjective; 'so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique'.
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      • + 0
      blisster19 (Sep 12, 2020 at 12:27)
       Worth the extra climb...fun and not a tough double black
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      • + 1
      Powshred (Jun 11, 2021 at 18:51)
       Arguably worth the extra climb. Definitely more a darker black than a double black. Small drops after not very steep rockfaces.
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      • + 0
      flyinhigh (Sep 28, 2021 at 23:54)
       Not worthy of the double black rating trailforks gives it. Definitely a single black no more difficult than lower howler. Great extension to howler but has a couple sharp rocks so watch your tires
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flyinhigh (Sep 28, 2021 at 23:54)
       Not worthy of the double black rating trailforks gives it. Definitely a single black no more difficult than lower howler. Great extension to howler but has a couple sharp rocks so watch your tires
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flyinhigh (Sep 28, 2021 at 23:54)
       Not worthy of the double black rating trailforks gives it. Definitely a single black no more difficult than lower howler. Great extension to howler but has a couple sharp rocks so watch your tires
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flyinhigh (Sep 28, 2021 at 23:54)
       Not worthy of the double black rating trailforks gives it. Definitely a single black no more difficult than lower howler. Great extension to howler but has a couple sharp rocks so watch your tires
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