2 miles
301 ft
-882 ft
Avg time

Lower Maple Syrup Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Maple Mountain
    Duncan, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • 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 Oct 28, 2019
Avg: 4.25 (33 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
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 Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
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  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
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  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular

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

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • 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
      Directions to lower-maple-syrup trailhead (48.831973, -123.617241)
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      Lower Maple Syrup Trail Reports

      Oct 28, 2019 @ 11:26am
      Oct 28, 2019
      Trail is running perfectly. Fall colours are providing a perfect pumpkin spice realness.
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 8:24pm
      Aug 16, 2019
      Trail in good shape. Seasonal conditions (dry, but not crazy dry). Running clear end to end.
      Jun 30, 2019 @ 9:59am
      Jun 30, 2019
      Jun 25, 2019 @ 8:42am
      Jun 25, 2019
      May 10, 2019 @ 7:15pm
      May 10, 2019
      Closed weekdays. Apparently it is open on the weekends. Story Trail Connector takes you over to Xylem and Tony's Arbutus Ridge.
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 327 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      • 700 rides


      more »
      131 |
      Jul 2, 2018 @ 6:25pm
      Jul 2, 2018
      58 |
      Jul 2, 2018 @ 6:25pm
      Jul 2, 2018
      507 |
      Feb 22, 2016 @ 10:59pm
      Feb 22, 2016
      2,144 |
      Oct 28, 2013 @ 9:31am
      Oct 28, 2013

      Routes with this trail

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      Maple Advanced Loop
      9 miles
      2019 Maple Mountain Enduro race
      14 miles
      BCBikeRace2018 - Day 1 (Cowichan Valley) race
      25 miles
      Tzouhalem and Maple Summit Loop
      26 miles

      11 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.
      • + 4
      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.
      • + 6
      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.
      • + 7
      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!
      • + 3
      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
      • + 4
      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)
      • + 0
      flag japage (May 3, 2019 at 22:11)
       Was there 2 weeks ago and Lower MS was closed for logging.
      • + 1
      flag dirtworship (Oct 28, 2019 at 11:29)
       This is a super fun trail, lots of twisty turns and rock rolls. Definitely still has some tough climbs to keep it interesting. A perfect example of the varying terrain the island has to offer.

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