5 miles
3,046 ft
-924 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
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Alpine Trail
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Resort 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 change
    2,122 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,255 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,377 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,255 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,377 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,071 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Aug 15, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4.5 (35 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to into-the-mystic trailhead (50.105970, -123.021290)
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Into the Mystic Trail Reports

Aug 15, 2018 @ 6:42am
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 12, 2018 @ 9:57am
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 8, 2018 @ 10:58am
Aug 8, 2018
Found key fob on trail. Contact me for pick up
Aug 7, 2018 @ 8:55am
Aug 7, 2018
Great condition!
Aug 6, 2018 @ 9:01pm
Aug 6, 2018
reporter All good that tree has been kind of hacked up so it’s not totally blocking the trail
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Into the Mystic, Whistler

Routes with this trail

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Mystic Squirrels (Sproatt Alpine) featured
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Lord's Loop
12 miles
Lord of the Squirrels Loop (Function)
17 miles
MountainMan Ride
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15 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...
  • + 2
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
  • + 2
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!
  • + 1
flag 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
flag MMOF (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
flag 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
flag MMOF (Sep 11, 2017 at 15:29)
 Thank you
  • + 1
flag MMOF (Jun 17, 2018 at 20:53)
 Anybody know the updated status of this trial?

  • + 1
flag SpruceRipper (Jun 19, 2018 at 9:56)
 Lots of snow
  • + 1
flag MMOF (Jun 19, 2018 at 11:44)
 Thanks for the update. Really appreciated
  • + 1
flag 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
flag 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!

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