3.5 miles
1,620 ft
-235 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Sproatt
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (3 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #186 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #6290 in Trail Running
    • #15543 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Resort Municipality of Whistler

DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED on the Mount Sproatt and Rainbow Mountain Alpine Trail Network to minimize potential conflict with wildlife.
E BIKES ARE NOT PERMITTED on these trails (i.e. anything above Flank: Lord of the Squirrels, Into the Mystic, With a Twist, On the Rocks, Happy Hour, Pot of Gold, LESS & Don't Look Back). The reason for this is to support environmental considerations, user safety and grizzly bear management in the alpine.

WARNING - While the Sproatt alpine network is comprised of blue rated trails, the effort and exertion required to successfully and safely complete the loop rides definitely lands on the more difficult side of the spectrum. Sproatt may seem close to civilization, but this ride is a true backcountry experience and needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. Riders should treat this endeavour as any other remote ride and come well prepared for any and all eventualities. In addition to the effort required to get to the start of Into the Mystic, the shortest return loop on Into the Mystic, On The Rocks, Lord of the Squirrels specifically is ~20km of distance plus ~1400m of climbing in a high alpine, exposed environment.

Riders and groups should be prepared with sufficient water, food, spare parts for repairs and a well stocked first aid kit including a head lamp. A spare jersey and/or gloves and jacket should also be a part of your kit for fast changing alpine weather which can find you locked into fog and rain very quickly.

Riders must ride accordingly and well within their limits as this is a remote area with limited access for rescue. Ride with a trusted group, take your time not chances, this will ensure you make it back to the bottom in one piece.

Riders should allow 4-6 hours of riding time to ascend from the valley bottom at 600 m to the Sproatt peak at 1800 m elevation over 20+ km of distance.
Trail Rating – Blue
Exertion Rating – Black
Exposure Rating – Black

The Sproatt Alpine Trail network can be accessed from three locations:

1. Into the Mystic’s official start is located off the Flank Trail at the 1000 meter elevation. This is the closest access to the Village (preferred) and requires ascending up Darwin’s - 1.2 km over the 150-meter climb, then south along the Flank Trail for 2 km with a 20 m net gain. From here the official start of Into the Mystic and the finish of Lord of the Squirrels are beside each other.

2. The south Function access (tougher climb on a mix of single track and old logging roads) is up the Flank Trail from Function Junction (behind Olives Grocery Store). This section of trail climbs 267 meters over 2 km. Turn left on “Don’t Look Back” and climb an additional 165 meters over 1 km. Both of these Function sections will test the strongest riders. At the 1023 meter elevation, you will meet the “Into the Mystic” trail at 1.5 km from its start.

3. The Callaghan Valley route to “With a Twist”. Ride or drive a vehicle south 5.2 km from Function Junction on Hwy 99 to Callaghan Forest Service Road then right up towards the old Northair Mines at the 1000 meter elevation. Here you leave the vehicle and start ascending up a logging road climbing to the 1486 meter elevation where you will turn left the road to find the start of “With a Twist”. This trail continues to ascend 218 meters over 3 km to meet the top of “Into the Mystic” and the start of “On the Rocks”.

Into the Mystic ascends 746 meters over 8.6 km which leads you through second growth on the lower portion then old growth forests into the sub-alpine where the vegetation is lush and the skies start to open up to surrounding peaks. From there you ascend 195 meters over 3.6 km on a trail called On the Rocks, which takes you to the Tonic Peak at the 1,800 meter level. From here there are 360 degree views of adjacent mountains Gin Peak, Sproatt Peak and Rainbow Peak. The trail then meanders through alpine tarns, descending -141 meters eventually arriving at a beautiful sub-alpine lake. Now the public have a choice to ascend another 207 meters over 2.5 km to the peak of Sproatt Mountain (recommended) where they will have breathtaking views of the Whistler valley and Village or to start the epic Lord of the Squirrels descent.

The RMOW partnered with the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) to build the descending trail called Lord of the Squirrels. This WORCA trail was designed as multi- use intermediate single track trail for hikers wanting a more direct route to the alpine and the preferred mountain biking descent from Sproatt Mountain. The total descent will be an epic -906 meters over 6.9 km through sub-alpine and old growth forests. Riders will enjoy long flowing sections in the sub-alpine with a mixture of rock roll overs, boardwalks and viewpoints as they traverse through the old growth forests. Rider should allow 1-2 hours for descending.
As with all backcountry travel proper planning is required. This Alpine Trail route will take a full day. Please be BIKE SMART and RESPECT the trail.



Local Trail Association
More Stats for Into the Mystic (Lower) mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,385 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,260 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,645 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,260 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,646 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    4,488 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,001 ft
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  • Avg reverse time
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Avg: 4.55 (60 votes)

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      Into the Mystic... Trail Reports

      Aug 31, 2021 @ 8:43am
      Aug 31, 2021
      reporter Active Grizzly Bear activity feeding on a healthy berry crop has resulted in a more widespread closure of the Sproatt and Rainbow Alpine areas....
      Aug 28, 2021 @ 9:17pm
      Aug 28, 2021
      reporter While Mystic remains open at this time, the upper Sproatt Alpine network is closed due to a Grizzly bear report on Upper On The Rocks. This bear...
      Aug 25, 2021 @ 8:05am
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      Aug 22, 2021 @ 9:22am
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      Aug 12, 2021 @ 10:07am
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 7 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 907 rides
      • 20 miles avg distance
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      28 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      jeffsworks (Aug 2, 2017 at 13:24)
       Is this climb Mainly in the trees or exposed? Trying to avoid sunstroke in the upcoming heatwave.
      • + 2
      flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 2, 2017 at 13:31)
       bottom half, trees, top half, alpine...
      • + 2
      tbonetbone (Aug 9, 2017 at 12:50)
       Expect to take 5-6 hours at a steady pace from valley to valley via Lord of the Squirrels. Come prepared for the alpine environment, food, water, navigation, and emergency equipment reccomended
      • + 2
      stewspooner KCTS (Aug 10, 2017 at 9:21)
       Well built, and in good condition (just being finished by the trail crew) but too wide and monotonous to be a classic. Gets much more fun and interesting when you reach the alpine, and worth every pedal stroke for the following On the Rocks and LOTS sections.
      • + 1
      BogdanK (Aug 14, 2017 at 11:50)
       Thank you WORCA. Will try it out in few days Smile
      • + 2
      dromond (Aug 14, 2017 at 13:13)
       Interesting combination of a wide, non-technical climb that is in many places very steep and physically challenging. You may be questioning your choice until you get above the treeline which is just stunning. Great work, trail builders!
      • + 1
      blackcombterry (Sep 2, 2017 at 10:46)
       The middle third of Into The Mystic is a tough slog, but it gets better once you get to the subalpine. Keep going - it's worth it.
      • + 1
      disruptiveone (Sep 11, 2017 at 15:15)
       Where does one park and ride from when arriving in Whistler from Vancouver. I have looked all over Google and no driving directions nor parking.
      • + 1
      flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 11, 2017 at 15:22)
       Function Junction is probably the best bet for you. We're working on updating info. www.trailforks.com/route/into-the-mystic-function-access

      • + 1
      disruptiveone (Sep 11, 2017 at 15:29)
       Thank you
      • + 1
      disruptiveone (Jun 17, 2018 at 20:53)
       Anybody know the updated status of this trial?

      • + 1
      mahonlamont (Jun 19, 2018 at 9:56)
       Lots of snow
      • + 1
      disruptiveone (Jun 19, 2018 at 11:44)
       Thanks for the update. Really appreciated
      • + 1
      flipfantasia WORCA (Jun 19, 2018 at 12:02)
       FWIW, Squirrels is open as up/down to 1400m closure...just please please don't go beyond closure sign.
      • + 1
      nwareing (Aug 12, 2018 at 21:35)
       This trail was awesome. In awe of the amount of work that must have been involved. World class!
      • + 0
      Prozsa (May 31, 2019 at 15:17)
       Trail closed at the Van West bridge. Please respect.
      • + 1
      tunnel-vision (Aug 2, 2020 at 11:27)
       I’m seeing ebikers on this trail. Are there any plans to enforce the no ebike rules?
      • + 1
      kingtut87 (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:37)
       Sounds like an emp is needed to fry the motors. I saw around 10 when i rode it last season and have heard of big groups of ebikers already this season.
      • + 2
      Sun2306 (Aug 2, 2020 at 14:20)
       Just yell at them.
      • - 3
      The-Pot (Aug 4, 2020 at 18:28)
       I don’t get why you can’t Ebike on this trail? Ebikers were the devil a few years back but let’s face it they are only becoming more popular, they don’t cause anymore damage to a trail they a bigger person riding a trail bike.
      Disclosure I’m not a Ebiker but my GF is and she would love to ride this trail with me but won’t until it’s allowed.
      • + 4
      Sun2306 (Aug 4, 2020 at 20:03)
       i don't necessarily think its about trail damage. for me it's about the fact that reaching the glorious alpine should be something that you do of your own merit and power. if you want to go into the alpine with a machine, there's the Bike Park.
      • + 2
      nennarv (Aug 8, 2020 at 20:55)
       they do damage the trail more b/c way more people can access the trail. your gf is a case in point
      • + 2
      quithollerin (Aug 9, 2020 at 12:50)
       I feel as though it comes down to the volume of riders up there. It's a deilicate ecosystem. Fewer is better. This is not a lift access trail for a reason.
      Plus consider the rider's ability. You are a long way from help. And the descent... Squirrel... is more a technical black than a blue. I've ridden easier black diamonds...
      Those that get there under their own steam are at least fit enough, and one would hope skilled enough to make it down.
      I support no Ebikes for that reason.
      • + 2
      quithollerin (Aug 9, 2020 at 13:14)
       Further, don't rob yourself of the victory, man! I was spent by the time I got back to the car the last time I rode Squirrel. I ran out of water half way down... note to self, bring more water...
      I don't know how you feel when you get to the top on an assist bike, but it can only feel like a shadow of the real thing.
      • - 3
      The-Pot (Aug 9, 2020 at 18:07)
       Just because you can ride doesn’t mean you can ride down, that thought process has no rational to it.
      I get that it would bring more traffic that’s a fare statement!
      We were up Dark Crystal the other day and there was more Ebikes then not.
      It’s only matter of time really so maybe Worca can figure out something to make it work.
      • + 2
      kjfw (Oct 15, 2020 at 21:05)
       Currently only upper Into the Mystic is closed. Still open as far as LESS. Should split this trail into Upper and Lower Into The Mystic in TrailForks so status can be accurately represented. Pretty common at beginning and end of season for this trail to be half open.
      • + 1
      pjbeats (Aug 7, 2021 at 8:23)
       That sucks to hear about e-bikes on Dark Crystal, one of my fav’s when here in Whistler. Lame. And especially on Mystic/Squirrels and Comfortably Numb. If you’re injured or over 65 then maybe. The effort it takes to get to most of these trails keeps the volume of traffic down and preserves the trails without constant erosion and required maintenance. The world just keeps getting fatter and lazier I suppose. Don't be scared to work a little bit in life for your goals…… and if you ride 7 days a week 365 and thats your excuse then take a damn day off once in a while so you dont need assistance getting to the top. Just my 2 cents.
      • + 1
      Sun2306 (Aug 7, 2021 at 9:52)
       Dark Crystal has very bad signage, so people may be genuinely ignorant. I hate seeing dogs or e-bikers on Sproatt, because regardless of if you're right or not, the rules say no, and you've definitely seen signs about it. And if you're violating the rules, you could have alpine access taken away for all of us. So it's a selfish a*shole thing to do.

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