5,279 ft
Distance
-1,063 ft
Descent
00:21:09
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Lower Howler Trail
  • Zander Strathearn
    Builder

Lower Howler Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Rainbow
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun-Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #1044 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013

This trail is a great wet weather trail, Lower Howler is in low angle terrain compared to the upper two sections but still, have great views. The is just enough tech to keep you on your toes, but with enough flow you can open it up and really enjoy it, knowing there are no major features, drops, or jumps, to catch you unawares. The rock up there, however, is sharp so bring spare tubes

Access Info

Starting from the very top of Alpine Way (no parking), climb Cultured Climb to Rick's Roost (name of the access road, not an actual trail) until you don't want to climb any more. You will pass Cat Scratch Fever, Green Monster, and the Flank turn-off to Billy Epic. Keep going. Past the Flank, the trail mellows until you reach a big bridge over 19 mile creek. Shortly after the creek, you will pass the Skywalk Hiking trail on your left and you will see a motor-vehicle gate straight ahead, take the right towards Lower Skywalk and Lower Howler. The access is an old low angle slightly wet skidder road that contours, expect to see hikers as its the primary access to the hiking trail network, continue along the roadbed until you reach Howler.

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More Stats for Lower Howler mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,063 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,457 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,520 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,520 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,457 ft
  • Grade
    -20.1%
  • Grade max
    -41.4%
  • Grade min
    1.7%
  • Distance climb
    75 ft
  • Distance down
    5,112 ft
  • Distance flat
    92 ft
  • Avg time
    00:21:09
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Status:
on Aug 8, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (38 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Lower Howler Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Aug 8, 2020 @ 11:34am
      2 days
      Getting a bit dry but still running great.
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:56pm
      Jul 4, 2020
      Jun 14, 2020 @ 1:00pm
      Jun 14, 2020
      Wet and muddy in places but awesome ride as usual!
      Jun 10, 2020 @ 4:49pm
      Jun 10, 2020
      May 29, 2020 @ 2:00pm
      May 29, 2020
      Running great!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 34 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 422 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 685 rides
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      Jun 20, 2020 @ 11:10pm
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      Jun 20, 2020 @ 11:09pm
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      Mar 29, 2020 @ 5:04pm
      Mar 29, 2020
      34 |
      Mar 29, 2020 @ 5:04pm
      Mar 29, 2020

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      Trail Products

      8 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag R26 (Sep 12, 2017 at 23:54)
       Like all Whistler trails at the moment, this one is very dry, very loose and has suffered from all the traffic. Having said that, it was so much fun! I can only imagine how nice it would be without the axle deep ruts and with a bit of actual traction - when you get into the steep chutes in the middle of the trail, your smile won't fit in your helmet.

      This is up near the top of my favourite Whistler descents.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag v102013 (Jun 5, 2018 at 20:36)
       Awesome Trail reel good flow but still fairly challenging in places pretty rocky near the top but all in all a great Trail!
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag BudGreen (Jul 14, 2018 at 21:55)
       This trail is generic and not worth the amount of pedaling. It's pretty much just steep switchbacks with no interesting features. To get to it, you pedal past one of the best trails in the area: Green Monster. I wouldn't pedal past Green Monster if I were you.
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      flag sumarongi (Oct 12, 2018 at 12:54)
       It’s a trail
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag flipfantasia WORCA (Oct 12, 2018 at 14:02)
       insightful
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag deln78 (Jul 7, 2019 at 10:24)
       Challenging trail. I did the middle and lower sections. The middle section is harder, with steep, tight switchbacks. Lots of steep chutes and a ock chunk. Consistently technical the whole way. Well worth the pedal up.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Kirnlawkid (Jul 24, 2019 at 21:45)
       Awesome trail, felt like Tweed Valley Golfie with major rocks added, wonderful
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Samuryan (Aug 3, 2020 at 15:19)
       Great trail to dip your toes into the black diamond category... Some super fun, steep and technical sections make this worth the climb!
      [Reply]

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