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
  • 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 Jun 5, 2018
Avg: 4.35 (24 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to howler trailhead (50.165730, -122.970950)
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Howler Trail Reports

Jun 5, 2018 @ 8:38pm
Jun 5, 2018
All clear Trail is running Awesome little bit wet after the rain but it's probably made the Trail even more enjoyable in my opinion.
Jun 2, 2018 @ 11:08am
Jun 2, 2018
Minor snow patches. Running well. Normal wet spots about mid way. Agree the trail is getting rutted. Best ridden after rain IMO.
May 17, 2018 @ 1:04pm
May 17, 2018
Running good, couple of wet spots like mentioned. If considering accessing by flank it does have a fair bit of snow on it. See flank report.
May 16, 2018 @ 9:12pm
May 16, 2018
Trail is running well and is almost getting dusty. There are two wet spots, one just before the road crossing near the bottom and also one bellow...
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...
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May 28, 2018 @ 11:19am
May 28, 2018
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May 20, 2018 @ 3:47pm
May 20, 2018
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2 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.
  • + 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!

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