5 miles
2,447 ft
-313 ft
Avg time

Into the Mystic Details

  • Riding area
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Machine Groomed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • TTFs on trail
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Resort Municipality of Whistler

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 18 km.

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 change
    2,133 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,221 ft
  • Altitude max
    1 miles
  • Altitude start
    3,224 ft
  • Altitude end
    1 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4,522 ft
  • Distance flat
    3,513 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 13, 2017
Avg: 4.75 (20 votes)

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Into the Mystic Trail Reports

Aug 13, 2017 @ 5:38pm
Aug 13, 2017
Great tough climb. Awesome work WORCA!
Aug 13, 2017 @ 4:52pm
Aug 13, 2017
The entire trail is in great shape. Tacky and smooth.
Aug 7, 2017 @ 9:22pm
Aug 7, 2017
Aug 2, 2017 @ 8:42am
Aug 2, 2017
reporter Sproatt Alpine Trail Network will officially open Friday August 4th 2017. Maintenance work currently underway to cleanup soft and muddy sections,...
Jul 25, 2017 @ 12:57pm
Jul 25, 2017
open to approximately 1500m as two-way up/down, watch for other users. Please respect closure below alpine, deep snow still present in basin and...
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Aug 19, 2017 @ 11:22pm
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Into the Mystic, Vancouver
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Into the Mystic, Vancouver
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Aug 7, 2017 @ 9:22pm
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Into the Mystic, Vancouver

Routes with this trail

Lord of the Squirrels Loop (Function)
17 miles
MountainMan Ride
24 miles
Whistler (Ardillas)
14 miles

6 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag 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
flag flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 2, 2017 at 13:31)
 bottom half, trees, top half, alpine...
  • + 1
flag 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
  • + 1
flag 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
flag BogdanK (Aug 14, 2017 at 11:50)
 Thank you WORCA. Will try it out in few days Smile
  • + 1
flag 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!

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