1 miles
Distance
20 ft
Climb
-1,625 ft
Descent
00:19:11
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Howler Trail
  • Zander Strathearn
    Builder

Howler Details

  • Riding Area
    Westside - Rainbow
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1044 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013

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.

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More Stats for Howler 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
    -22.156%
  • Grade max
    -53.78%
  • Grade min
    17.366%
  • Distance climb
    360 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    258 ft
  • Avg time
    00:19:11
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Status:
on Jan 28, 2019
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.2 (29 votes)

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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
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      Howler Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 28, 2019 @ 7:37pm
      Jan 28, 2019
      Nov 19, 2018 @ 1:28pm
      Nov 19, 2018
      A small patches of snow near the top, then clear; 100% rideable. Continuous snow from flank junction on the way up, but pedal-able until steep...
      Oct 24, 2018 @ 12:10pm
      Oct 24, 2018
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:20pm
      Oct 13, 2018
      Great condition. No snow, no dust, no issues.
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 2:26pm
      Oct 9, 2018
      In great shape.
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      • 9 miles avg distance
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      5 Reviews & 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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]
      • - 1
      flag sumarongi (Oct 12, 2018 at 12:54)
       It’s a trail
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      • + 2
      flag flipfantasia WORCA (Oct 12, 2018 at 14:02)
       insightful
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