2 miles
301 ft
-882 ft
Avg time

Lower Maple Syrup Details

  • Riding area
    Maple Mountain
    Duncan, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking

The lower half of the full Maple Mountain descent of Maple Syrup is a stunning trail with beautiful rocky bluffs and beautiful creek crossings. This portion of the trail requires some strong pedalling still for those that have just come from Upper Maple. Using the Story Trail Connector is a great way to enjoy this trail if you aren't looking to pedal all the way to the summit.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Lower Maple Syrup mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -581 ft
  • Altitude min
    466 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,093 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,093 ft
  • Altitude end
    511 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,439 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,111 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jan 30, 2018
Avg: 4.3 (24 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to lower-maple-syrup trailhead (48.831973, -123.617241)
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Lower Maple Syrup Trail Reports

Jan 30, 2018 @ 7:25pm
Jan 30, 2018
Trail work completed and all blow down obstructions have been cut back and cleared. Trail is now open and good for riding in variable seasonal...
Jan 27, 2018 @ 2:21pm
Jan 27, 2018
Significant number of trees up to a couple feet in diameter down on upper and lower maple. Will likely need chainsaw before being ready.
Jan 22, 2018 @ 4:54pm
Jan 22, 2018
Report for Lower Maple Syrup. Cleared and cut as many small branches and debris from trail as possible. Still some significant large trees that...
Jan 8, 2018 @ 9:45am
Jan 8, 2018
Large number of trees down on upper and lower maple syrup
Jan 1, 2018 @ 7:24pm
Jan 1, 2018
All of Upper Maple syrup is snow covered and multiple large trees fallen on trail from heavy recent snowfalls in many locations. The trail will...
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6 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag Flarix (Sep 5, 2017 at 15:05)
 awesome ride down the mountain lots of technical rocks and drops very fun. My only problem was there was a little to much uphill for a ride down the mountain and once you start the trail you cant get off until you get to solar coaster and there is an unmarked trail to take down to a dirt road. Seems like an awful long ride with no middle ways in or out in case of emergency.
  • + 3
flag Stasher CTSS (Jan 1, 2018 at 19:44)
 Hi Flarix, the mountain will be fully signed in the near future, our previous signs were vandalized and stolen. There is an exit point between Upper and Lower Maple Syrup which is the m600 logging road. This is the quick and safe exit off the trail. This trail was specifically designed to be a technical enduro trail and now a downhill flow trail so yes, it is a work out on the legs and lungs for sure.
  • - 2
flag BCsaltchucker (Oct 29, 2017 at 19:22)
 This trail could have been so great. All that elevation you work for to get to the trail head .. is rewarded with a drastically non-flowing trail with far far far too much climbing on it. Too much of the trail shoots down fall lines which will mean bad erosion in future - these trail makers need to learn about traversing. I won't be back. Tzouhalem and Hartland offer much better designed trails. This one is a mess, not suited to anyone but the most advanced riders with strong lungs, by most measures it is a true double-black-diamond trail due to many sketchy rock rolls.
  • + 3
flag Stasher CTSS (Jan 2, 2018 at 8:21)
 It's unfortunate that you didn't enjoy your time on Maple Mountain but we each have particular riding that we enjoy and not everyone will like the same thing. Maple Syrup was not designed to be a fast flowly trail like say DoubleD on Mt Tzoo that you reference. The trail was designed specifically to be a difficult and demaning single track enduro trail. The trail has been exceptional for maintenance over the last 5 years and we have had no major concerns. Looking at the date of your review it should be noted that we had completed a race the weekend prior with well over 100 plus racers on the trail. This would have left significant trail wear that would have been addressed on following trail days. We are very well aware that Maple Mountain needs a downhill flow trail as not all riders want enduro style riding. Therefore over the last year we have raised funds and are in the final stages to have a downhill flow trail approved so we can start building. I really hope you will return once we have our downhill trail built. It should be noted that due to the technical style of Maple Syrup we were just awarded the BC Bike Race as the opening leg of the series this summer which we are extremely excited to host. We appreciate your comments at the CTSS and with feedback we will know how to better improve.
  • + 5
flag tashi (Jan 3, 2018 at 10:22)
 Hey guys, thanks for the wicked trail! Just thought I'd balance out the bitchin' a bit and let you know that there are still riders out there that like pedaling their bicycles, can navigate a super simple network of fire roads, and don't act like trails are products for our approval and consumption. Keep up the good work on Maple!
  • + 1
flag Stasher CTSS (Jan 30, 2018 at 11:50)
 Thanks for your support Tashi. We are constantly striving to maintain and develop trails to meet all types of riding and terrain. We will be improving signage, trailforks info and more trails on this mountain in the near future. Cheers

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