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
    #1523 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 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
  • view trail stats
on Jan 10, 2019
Avg: 4.15 (29 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Lower Maple Syrup Trail Reports

      Jan 10, 2019 @ 11:13am
      Jan 10, 2019
      reporter Trail assessments complete and tree crews are currently working to remove all dangerous trees and overhead risks. Due to safety risk to public we...
      Dec 24, 2018 @ 2:36pm
      Dec 24, 2018
      reporter Expect significant trail blockages after the significant wind event. Many blown down trees and root balls on trails. Watch for damaged bridges and...
      Sep 7, 2018 @ 8:18am
      Sep 7, 2018
      Aug 12, 2018 @ 12:29pm
      Aug 12, 2018
      reporter All Trails closed due to Wildfire Fighting and safety assesments take place. Mountain is closed and please remain off mountain for safety and...
      Jul 15, 2018 @ 9:55am
      Jul 15, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 62 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      • 700 rides


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      Jul 2, 2018
      Lower Maple Syrup, Vancouver
      399 |
      Feb 22, 2016 @ 10:59pm
      Feb 22, 2016
      Lower Maple Syrup, Duncan
      1,994 |
      Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:31am
      Oct 28, 2013
      | 3 comments Lower Maple Syrup, Duncan

      Routes with this trail

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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag Flarix MMBA (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.
      • + 4
      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!
      • + 2
      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
      • + 3
      flag Maje SCC (Apr 25, 2018 at 21:32)
       Rode this trail today for the first time and ran into a couple of the builders putting down some sweat equity. Thanks fellas, great trail, I'm tired!
      • + 1
      flag Stasher CTSS (Apr 27, 2018 at 13:00)
       Thanks for checking out the trails Maje, those would be the hardworking builders of the CTSS. Hope you had a great ride.
      • + 0
      flag Lukemarshall (Jul 4, 2018 at 15:29)

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