2.7 miles
108 ft
-1,571 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Lord of the Squirrels Trail
  • National Trails Coalition
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • American Friends of Whistler


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Sproatt
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • AKA
    LOTS, Sproatt Descent
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (10 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #228 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #3192 in Trail Running
    • #17756 in Hiking
  • Year Opened

Trail Rating – Blue
Exertion Rating – Black
Exposure Rating – Black
Time - 3-8+hrs return from valley

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. PLEASE TAKE TIME FOR SERIOUS CONSIDERATION OF YOUR FITNESS AND SKILL TO COMPLETE THIS RIDE.

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.

Lord of the Squirrels is WORCA's showpiece trail constructed over 3 years from 2014-2016. This trail features great viewpoints of the Whistler Valley and beyond as it winds it's way down through the alpine and into the Westside's mossy old growth forest above the Flank trail. This trail features open sections in the alpine, some rock slab features, and the occasional ladder bridge.

It's critical that users respect this unique alpine environment while using this trail and always remain on trail. Freeriding off-trail in the alpine is not acceptable. This alpine trail network is non-motorized and was built for users reaching the top under their own power, motorized use or helicopter access is not appropriate. Please avoid use of the alpine areas in periods of extended rain or early/late season when the trail may not have time to dry out. Help us preserve this incredible new asset by respecting the trail, closures, other users, and the amazing alpine environment.

Timid riders be warned: WET conditions ramp up the technical difficulty of this trail more so than lower elevation trails.
Similar technical intermediate "test rides" in the valley are:
Full Zappa route in lost lake (specifically descending Pinocchio's furniture, Toads of the Short Forest and The Grand Wazoo)
Whipped Cream > Green Jello > A Cut Above on the west side
Funshine Rolly Drops > Blueseum > Devils Club in the Whistler bike park

Access Info

LOTS begins high in the alpine at the end of On the Rocks, and takes approximately 2-3 hours to reach from the start of Into the Mystic for an average rider. Access to Into the Mystic is recommended by one of the following 3 routes;
Function Junction - https://www.trailforks.com/route/into-the-mystic-function-access/
Creekside - https://www.trailforks.com/route/into-the-mystic-creekside-access/
Rainbow Park - https://www.trailforks.com/route/into-the-mystic-rainbow-park-access/


This is a Backcountry trail, please be prepared for changing weather, conditions and mechanical failures. NO E-BIKES, NO DOGS IN THE ALPINE.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lord of the Squirrels mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,463 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,086 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,567 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,548 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,085 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,959 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    938 ft
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  • Avg reverse time
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on Dec 16, 2021
Snow Covered
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      Lord of the... Trail Reports

      Dec 16, 2021 @ 1:07pm
      Dec 16, 2021
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 12:40pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      Closed as of September 13th.
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 8:16pm
      Sep 12, 2021
      Still closed!
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 11:50am
      Sep 12, 2021
      Upper LOTS remains closed until further notice due to Grizzly bear activity on the Sproatt alpine network
      Sep 1, 2021 @ 1:31pm
      Sep 1, 2021
      reporter While LOWER Lord Of The Squirrels remains open at this time UPPER LOTS is closed due to a Grizzly bear Activity on On The Rocks. This bear was...
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      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      Mystic Squirrels (Sproatt Alpine) featured15 miles
      Lord's Loop12 miles
      Lord of the Squirrels (Easier Route)14 miles
      Lord of the Squirrels Loop (Function)17 miles

      Trail Products

      46 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Aug 11, 2016 at 16:59)
       Ahh, so this is a completely separate descent from that of Up, up and away!
      • + 2
      flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 12, 2016 at 13:12)
       it's definitely not UUAA
      • + 6
      CRich78 (Sep 13, 2016 at 20:59)
       Riding up this and continuing all the way to the summit of Sproatt, then turning around for a fun, fast and beautiful descent has easily been one of the best days I've spent on two wheels. Thanks to Dan and all the crew for such an amazing trail... the work you've done is truly incredible. Cheers!
      • + 1
      jeffsworks (Mar 24, 2017 at 18:36)
       So did you ride up this and up happy hour then ride down? Looking at doing that this spring summer and hoping for some tips.
      • + 1
      tbonetbone (Apr 7, 2017 at 6:43)
       You will need to be patient this summer due to the deep snowpack. Guessing even the lower levels will be snowed in until well into June and probably July for the alpine. The muni climb off the flank is reccommended, but not until it has been opened
      • + 0
      Mo121 (Jul 6, 2017 at 20:06)
       Still closed about half way up
      • + 1
      hpb (Jul 23, 2017 at 12:09)
       Such a rad trail! Really nice flow and awesome views.
      • + 1
      stewspooner KCTS (Aug 9, 2017 at 8:02)
       An incredible fun, flowing, technical, sustained and long descent that actually makes the massive grunt of a climb worthwhile.
      • + 1
      mcbethr (Aug 9, 2017 at 8:58)
       Rode Aug 4 and was amazed. A torturous climb but sweet rewards on the way down LOTS! Definitely worth another go when the smoke clears!
      • + 0
      stewspooner KCTS (Aug 10, 2017 at 9:15)
       An incredible trail. Magnificent views at every turn, alpine lakes into a variety of pristine forest, and endless, unrelenting, moderately technical, joyous descending.
      • + 1
      dromond (Aug 14, 2017 at 13:15)
       Super fun downhill that makes the climb up Into the Mystic more than worth it.
      • + 1
      Bradskerrett (Aug 18, 2017 at 3:34)
       From Function, up to the flank, up Into the mystic, on the rocks, out and back on Happy hour (with it for the view and more awesome alpine trail), then LOTS back to Into the Mystic and out to Fxn. All clear, minor snow crossings. This is a game changer. Very very fun, very very big climb. Thank you RMOW and WORCA for such an ambitions and high quality build.
      • + 2
      R26 (Aug 27, 2017 at 21:52)
       In today's heat this was a brutal climb - especially when it ducks out of the trees into the sunshine. But it was worth every pedal stroke to ride the descent. LOTS is tons of fun. There were long segments of the trail where I could get completely off the brakes and just let the bike run - and I've never ridden it before (if I knew the trail I could really let it go).

      The views are breathtaking and the track is fun. Highly recommended. Just beware that it is hard for a blue run. Lots of steeper sections and janky turns. I even heard a couple at the exit saying "phew, we survived that".
      • + 1
      kevin267 (Sep 26, 2017 at 18:33)
       Raddest trail ever!! Two thumbs up. More if I had more thumbs!
      • + 0
      velvets (Sep 26, 2017 at 23:58)
       We rode twice over a 4 day period and the crowds had taken a toil. Roots had become ropes and ruts small ravines. Almost as much work down as up - but that alpine wow! Ok
      • + 1
      Hbrown15 (Jul 9, 2018 at 19:48)
       Thank you WORCA for all the updates on this trails condition. It is such a beautiful trail. Judging by the snow in the meadow, you think opening wont be until early August?
      Thanks again!
      • + 1
      bmar560 (Jul 12, 2018 at 3:54)
       I didn't get a chance to ride this trail when I visited Whistler early last month.. when is generally a good time to visit these trails ? They look so awesome
      • + 2
      mahonlamont (Jul 12, 2018 at 11:06)
       Mid August is a safe bet, it will be open earlier then that, but you are guaranteed to be able to ride it then
      • + 1
      bmar560 (Jul 15, 2018 at 21:14)
       thank you will try and arrange future travels around that time :-)
      • + 0
      neliczka (Aug 16, 2018 at 11:43)
       Hello, is this trail OK for not very experienced bikers? I just started with trails this summer, never tried a hard one (real downhill). But I would love to try this one when in Whistler in September. Or is it better to try other - easier - trails in Whistler area? Thanks!
      • + 5
      flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 16, 2018 at 11:50)
       if you aren't experienced or fit, you probably will not enjoy this experience and you could actually put yourself in a lot of danger. Please read the extensive description above, and maybe stick to lower elevation trails closer to town.
      • + 1
      neliczka (Aug 16, 2018 at 12:24)
       Yea, I've read it.. I guess I am kinda fit, that should be fine. Just not very experienced with drops and fast riding downhill. But if I ride it in calmer pace, that might work I think... or still not advisable? thanks Smile
      • + 4
      flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 16, 2018 at 13:37)
       if you aren't experienced in descending long, semi-technical trails, then it's very likely you will find this descent extremely challenging, especially after climbing for 2-3 hours, and only riding trails for a couple months. Ultimately only you can judge your skill level, but it is a technical blue under the Whistler trail standards, which allows for rougher conditions and roots and rocks than you may be accustomed to. It is NOT capped gold and smooth top to bottom.
      • + 1
      bmar560 (Aug 16, 2018 at 17:09)
       planning to ride this trail next year. Is it likely to be closed by late september early october ?
      • + 1
      andrewbikeguide (Aug 23, 2019 at 16:44)
       Should still be good to go in late September. Adjust plans based on weather but there are a lot of awesome alternatives if it has been raining a lot.
      • + 1
      XU12XU (Sep 7, 2018 at 14:27)
       Would definitely be an easy-middle black in USA, so if you're coming from there, plan accordingly. Great trail tho.
      • + 1
      burkerider (Jul 17, 2019 at 23:09)
       Ebikes not welcome.
      • - 3
      alex5425alex (Aug 6, 2019 at 10:46)
       Maybe it was built too steep for the conga line of traffic on it as it’s mostly just roots already. Alpine section was built with great flow but that kind of ends in the forest and feels like a cross country trail. Go ride Angels Staircase in WA for a more interesting alpine trail adventure.
      • + 1
      andrewbikeguide (Aug 23, 2019 at 16:46)
       That's what happens when the trail burden exceeds the planning figures (170 rides in the last week alone - not including all the riders who never log anything on Trailforks) and when riders won't adjust their ride plans to account for recent weather, rather than just what is happening on the day they have off/ are planning on riding LOTS, and won't go and ride another trail instead. Still a great trail, just a more black blue than a blue blue and less fit/ less capable riders should stay away from it (please).
      • + 2
      andrewbikeguide (Aug 23, 2019 at 16:47)
      • + 0
      jeremy-brodhead (Sep 3, 2019 at 15:20)
       If anyone finds a samsung smart watch please message me. Dosomethinggreat@gmail.com. lost it 9/2/2019
      • + 0
      KevinStafford (Sep 5, 2019 at 9:08)
       Yeah, steady barrage of rock and root. Steepish and janky all the way to the bottom. But the trail is punctuated with sweet medium sized slabs to role down that come with breath taking views.
      This is a black. I'll keep you on your toes.
      Just look at the bar below the description. It's solid red.
      • + 0
      KevinStafford (Sep 5, 2019 at 20:15)
       Blue? I've ridden easier blacks. But for what ever reason, this trails was a blast. Steep? Just look at the bar, man. It's all red. And it kept me on my toes.
      • + 1
      tacotom136 (Oct 1, 2019 at 15:17)
       Lost my Patagonia Houdini jacket on Sep 24 on towards the top before coming down into the woods. If anyone finds it I would love to have it back. If not, my loss. Sick trail regardless! Defiantly more of a black then a blue. Super fun!
      • + 1
      Bottomzachet (Aug 4, 2020 at 18:40)
       Starting to become a bit more of a "double-blue", dusty and rooty all the way down. That aside, what a fantastic trail!
      • + 0
      kyleluvsdh (Feb 9, 2022 at 14:57)
       Canada should adopt the New Zealand trail grading system, which has a total of 7 different trail gradings. It's better than the IMBA in my opinion, which only has 6. NZ has all the same trail ratings as the IMBA, but they add a Dark Blue (Grade 4) trail rating/grading, in between Blue (Grade 3) and Black (Grade 5).

      While the UK has something similar with the Red Triangle, in between Blue and Black.
      The Euro/UK (Forestry Commission) trail grading system has even less trail gradings, with only 5 in place.

      I really like the idea of the Dark Blue "double-blue" trail grading. It would be really sweet if we adopted that in North America too Big Grin
      • + 9
      FilipStarcevic (Aug 16, 2020 at 7:29)
       Saw multiple e-bikers up on the ninja lake loop yesterday. They literally had to have passed every no e-bikes sign on Sproatt to get there.... sad that people can’t take simple instructions
      • + 1
      terradactyl (Sep 15, 2020 at 18:04)
       Rode this trail on Sept 12th -- smoky in the valley but clear up top! basically had perfect conditions -- clear, dry, no bugs. what a brilliant trail. I don't have enough words for how much I enjoyed this loop. wished we'd left ourselves enough time for some of the black trails at the top but I'll be back again, this is no longer just a bucket list item. Thanks to all for the hard work you put in, Trail People! Making my donation now....
      • + 0
      beezerbrun (Sep 8, 2021 at 10:40)
       Upper section closed due to bear activity
      • + 0
      rfussell STP (Sep 21, 2021 at 19:07)
       Any updates on the closure?
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