Into the Mystic Details
Whistler, British Columbia
Trail typeMachine Groomed
Bike typeAM, XC
TTFs on trailBridge
Land ManagerResort Municipality of Whistler
Trail Rating – Blue
Exertion Rating – Black
Exposure Rating – Black
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.
The Sproatt Alpine Trail network can be access 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 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 leaving 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 mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,122 ft
Altitude min3,255 ft
Altitude max5,377 ft
Altitude start3,255 ft
Altitude end5,377 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat1,071 ft
Avg reverse time00:19:12
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Into the Mystic Trail Reports
Oct 12, 2017 @ 4:49pmOct 12, 2017
|reporter Deepening snow cover in the alpine. Looks like the season has ended on Sproatt.|
Oct 8, 2017 @ 1:26amOct 8, 2017
|Once you get into sub alpine there is a little bit of snow. It is ridable|
Oct 4, 2017 @ 9:04amOct 4, 2017
Oct 1, 2017 @ 7:18pmOct 1, 2017
|some puddling but running great!|
Sep 27, 2017 @ 12:07pmSep 27, 2017
|Tacky but not wet.|
Routes with this trail
|Lord of the Squirrels Loop (Function)||17 miles|
|Mystic Squirrels (Sproatt Alpine) featured||15 miles|
|MountainMan Ride||24 miles|
|Lord's Loop||12 miles|