1 miles
20 ft
-1,625 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Howler Trail
  • Zander Strathearn

Howler Details

  • Riding area
    Whistler North
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • Season
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Face
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

One of the latest additions to the Whistler valley trail network, Howler is located a long long way up the flank trail. Be prepared for a long sweaty climb, however it is all access road which is something. The descent is long, technical, and flowy. 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 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 newly built bridge over a creek, after which you will see a fork to the right and a motor-vehicle gate, at which point the climb gets epically steep. Persevere up the long loose climb and keep going until it mellows slightly and you see a large round boulder. The lower (main) section of Howler starts from here.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Howler mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,605 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,436 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,041 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,041 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,436 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    360 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    258 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 3, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 4.25 (21 votes)

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Howler Trail Reports

Oct 3, 2017 @ 6:28pm
Oct 3, 2017
The rain has done the trail good but corners and some steeps are still rutted and/or blown out. Quite a lot of large loose rocks around but other...
Aug 15, 2017 @ 7:17am
Aug 15, 2017
In the upper half of the trail were its very steep there are a couple corners that have changed significantly from all of the EWS traffic become...
Jul 27, 2017 @ 9:41am
Jul 27, 2017
Another wasp nest ouch.
Jul 26, 2017 @ 3:27pm
Jul 26, 2017
Wasp nest season is ON!
Jun 28, 2017 @ 8:20pm
Jun 28, 2017
Trail is very dry and loose in spots but is running well over all as most of the rocks have moved to the edge of the trail. Just before and after...
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag 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.

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