4 miles
Distance
657 ft
Climb
-2,940 ft
Descent
00:51:58
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lord of the Squirrels Trail
  • National Trails Coalition
  • Resort Municipality of Whistler
  • American Friends of Whistler

Details

  • Riding area
    Westside
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • AKA
    LOTS, Sproatt Descent
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Summer
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Bridge, Ladder Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #102
  • Year Opened
    2014

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

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.

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/

Disclaimer

This is a Backcountry trail, please be prepared for changing weather, conditions and mechanic failures.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lord of the Squirrels mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,283 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,267 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,574 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,550 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,267 ft
  • Grade
    -10.278%
  • Grade max
    -52.764%
  • Grade min
    37.107%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    899 ft
  • Avg time
    00:51:58
  • Avg reverse time
    01:32:59
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Status:
on Sep 14, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.7 (60 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Lord of the... Trail Reports

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reporter GRIZZLY BEAR WARNING! There have been a number of incidents with an aggressive bear in the past week on the Skywalk trail network and today at...
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Don't follow too close to the person in front if you want to see where you are going - the dust is up.
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25 Reviews & Comments

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flag boxxerace TRAILFORKS (Aug 11, 2016 at 16:59)
 Ahh, so this is a completely separate descent from that of Up, up and away!
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flag flipfantasia WORCA (Aug 12, 2016 at 13:12)
 it's definitely not UUAA
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flag 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!
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flag 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.
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flag 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
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flag Mo121 (Jul 6, 2017 at 20:06)
 Still closed about half way up
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flag HPBSS (Jul 23, 2017 at 12:09)
 Such a rad trail! Really nice flow and awesome views.
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  • + 1
flag 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.
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flag 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!
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  • + 0
flag 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.
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  • + 1
flag dromond (Aug 14, 2017 at 13:15)
 Super fun downhill that makes the climb up Into the Mystic more than worth it.
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  • + 1
flag 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.
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  • + 2
flag 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".
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  • + 1
flag kevin267 (Sep 26, 2017 at 18:33)
 Raddest trail ever!! Two thumbs up. More if I had more thumbs!
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  • + 0
flag 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
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  • + 1
flag 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!
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flag 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
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flag SpruceRipper (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
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  • + 1
flag bmar560 (Jul 15, 2018 at 21:14)
 thank you will try and arrange future travels around that time :-)
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  • + 1
flag 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!
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  • + 1
flag 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.
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  • + 1
flag 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
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  • + 1
flag 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.
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  • + 1
flag 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 ?
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  • + 1
flag 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.
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