2 miles
256 ft
-1,717 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Meadow of the Grizzly (Spélhx̱en tl'a Stl'lhalem) Trail


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
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  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    April - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #491 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened

This key piece of recreation infrastructure was built through an extremely successful crowd funding campaign with more than 550 contributors during SORCA's 25 Anniversary in 2017. Joyride Bike Parks put in a gargantuan effort to give all the contributors superb value for their sponsorship dollars through extremely difficult terrain. The trail will speed you up and slow you down as the terrain allows, get ready to use those brakes as you are dropping a long way down Corners are tight to control riders speed on steeper sections and it offers a different experience than other machine built trails in Squamish. The trail should be considered 'dark blue' and is not for beginner riders. Starting at 925m, it undulates through steep forested slopes and in some cases had to be chiselled out of the side of the Round Mountain volcano. The last portion of the trail traverses a logging road through a new BCTS cutblock before dropping down to the start of Pseudotsuga. Thank you so much to everyone who has been involved in this project. As with any new trail, there are going to be a few iterations before we get it just how we want it, we'll be back when the fall rains return to fix it up!

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More Stats for Meadow of the Grizzly (Spélhx̱en tl'a Stl'lhalem) mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,461 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,549 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,009 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,009 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,549 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,465 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    256 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 2, 2020
Avg: 3.4 (102 votes)

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      Meadow of the... Trail Reports

      Aug 2, 2020 @ 3:49pm
      2 days
      One section very chossy, riding down on 4 inch ball bearings (see wipeout photo), but most of the trail running well!
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 9:03am
      Aug 1, 2020
      Jul 26, 2020 @ 12:24pm
      Jul 26, 2020
      Very top was dry and had some fat rocks in some berms, so if you ride this for the first time, don’t expect Half-Nelson level smoothness. A few...
      Jul 19, 2020 @ 10:55pm
      Jul 19, 2020
      Wet in a few places up top, mixture of hero and dry after.
      Jul 18, 2020 @ 9:50am
      Jul 18, 2020
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 42 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 233 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      • 1,086 rides


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      Aug 2, 2020 @ 12:09pm
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      Jul 27, 2020 @ 10:07pm
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      609 |
      Jun 27, 2018 @ 11:50pm
      Jun 27, 2018
      471 |
      Jul 25, 2017 @ 4:10pm
      Jul 25, 2017

      Trail Lists

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      Trail Products

      26 Reviews & Comments

      • + 6
      flag goodfish (Jun 26, 2017 at 22:21)
       From the top of 19th you start your climb, you see 12 piles of shit and you start singing your best 'no bears' song. You drop in and after the first 15 corners, you think I'm horrible at this and I should just stick to half nelson and park laps. 40 corners later you are wondering when your custom redbull helmet is going to be ready, because you are one with your bike.

      It's a work of art that is over before it starts and that's a lot for a +3k descent.
      • + 3
      flag jpshore (Jun 27, 2017 at 19:23)
       Ha ha! Those two shits right at the trailhead are a pretty clear warning!
      • + 2
      flag jeremyhewett (Jul 9, 2017 at 18:38)
       Love this trail! Yes, it's not a jump trail, but it's a lot steeper and more unpredictable than trails like Half Nelson which is what makes it different and super fun!
      • + 8
      flag blackcombterry (Jul 14, 2017 at 16:47)
       Not worth the effort it takes to climb to it. But if you are thinking about riding it, bring goggles for all the dust.
      • + 5
      flag kamsbry (Jul 17, 2017 at 9:08)
       Had a ton of fun on this yesterday. It obviously will need a bit of tuning when the rains return but was impressed. Maybe it's because down south we have so much trouble getting any new legal trails in. Local land authorities won't even let us legally build on anything this steep.
      • + 5
      flag jayacheess (Jul 20, 2017 at 17:12)
       Honest review from a donor to the trail project: The trail is pretty fun, and I can see a lot of potential. I definitely understand what the builders were going for, and I'm excited to see some refinement as time goes on.

      I had one issue while riding it just after the rain today (and this isn't likely something that's fixable, unfortunately). The soil used in the top 2/3rds of the trail becomes insanely slippery on the hardpacked sections when wet. We're talked near-ice slickness. I've never experienced soil like that anywhere in BC. It made things exciting, but probably not in the way the builders intended.

      Anyway, be warned to take it easy if things are wet.
      • + 4
      flag Flow-Ryder (Aug 7, 2017 at 16:45)
       Fun. Don't expect a jump trail, rather expect a trail that will spit you out feeling like you just won a dual slalom, assuming you are able to tap into the awesome flow this trail has to offer.
      • + 3
      flag mountain-life (Aug 11, 2017 at 9:51)
       I had high hopes for this trail, but the corners are steep and poorly designed. There is no flow and it is hard to scrub speed in the corners so I had to be on the brakes way more. There is deep ruts all over the trail from heavy brake use due to the bad design. Still fun to ride, but if you have limited time, it is better spent elsewhere in Squamish. Angry Midget and Half Nelson are miles better.
      • + 2
      flag mountain-life (Oct 30, 2017 at 12:51)
       My initial review if this trail was pretty harsh and conditions were pretty lousy when I first rode it this summer. I have had a chance to ride this trail a few more times and there has been a lot of work to improve the surface. Some of my criticisms still stand though. A few sections have steep stacked berms that don't fit the terrain well and are flanked by ditches. I also think that Half Nelson and Angry Midget are better examples of this style of trail.
      • + 1
      flag dharn-anim (Aug 21, 2017 at 17:24)
       It's built very well and was super smooth and fresh when I rode it. For what the builders were going for, it runs great. A few braking bumps here and there... to be expected in these hot, dry conditions. Some nice sticky dirt in the woods when I rode and bone dry and dusty through the clear cut. If you love berms and only berms, check it out. This type of trail isn't my personal choice though. If, like me you get bored of berms quickly, spend your climbing energy elsewhere. If I were looking for a flow day, I'd hit Half Nelson multiple times instead of spending any time climbing back here. The kicker is that the climb trail section (Stl'lhalem Sintl') up to here is great!
      • + 1
      flag DonMoses (Jan 1, 2018 at 8:05)
       Puhhhh, difficult to have a proper opinon on this one.
      This is exactly the kind of trail the europeans are building all around. Which, for my opinion goes into the wrong direction as far as proper biking is concerned. It's just riding corners in a boring rollercoaster like marble run.
      • + 2
      flag KinkyReggae (Apr 15, 2018 at 9:21)
       great trail for the terrain it was built on. Judging by the build it looks like there was not a lot of dirt to work with and a lot of bedrock. I was impressed with how the trail flowed. I would not have wanted to be one of the builders. they did a great job building a blue trail in black terrain. Thank you Joyride! I felt like i was riding the dual slalom at crankworx!
      • + 1
      flag geordanh (Jun 16, 2018 at 23:08)
       Such an awesome trail. Steep fun corners. The brake bumps are a drag but I think kinks in the design will get worked out over time. Not a good trail for the wet.
      • + 2
      flag Flow-Ryder (Jun 27, 2018 at 16:06)
       Absolutely incredible trail. It will make you a cornering boss. head to it a day after the rain when it is Hero dirt and you'll be in for some corners of a lifetime.
      • + 0
      flag yyc-remax-realtor-bryon-howard (Jul 8, 2018 at 8:42)
       Wow - I didn’t know such amazing trails existed. Did half Nelson yesterday
      • + 1
      flag pedalandshredit (Aug 13, 2018 at 9:45)
       First third of the trail is getting pretty eroded and gnarly in the steepest sections. But the berms and overall trailwork are absolutely heroic! I hope it can withstand the abuse over time and not let all that work turn into a piece of deep forest jank! Coupled with the climbing trail getting up there, definitely has the potential to be a classic must-do ride.
      • + 1
      flag Chorton (Apr 19, 2019 at 8:25)
       Steep and fun. Lots of tight corners.
      Good climb up.
      I’ll do it again.
      • + 1
      flag arennick (Jul 21, 2019 at 0:39)
       Yep, hard to find flow; fast winding berms. Lacks intrigue, but considering where it’s built, still ok.
      • + 0
      flag Statikboy (Sep 3, 2019 at 21:05)
       The description of the trail type needs to be changed. By the pictures, that sure isn't a singletrack. I would have been very disappointed to climb all the way up for a machine built path with no technical features.
      • + 0
      flag Johnrm (Sep 10, 2019 at 23:55)
      • + 1
      flag Johnrm (Sep 11, 2019 at 0:15)
       There’s a lot of constructive criticism in these comments. I can’t speak to all of them, I’m not an expert biker and don’t have strong opinions about the details. I am a 60 year old rider who, as the “local” brought three relatively new mountain bikers (ie., 3 other 55-60 yr olds that have never biked in bc, all of whom I’d scoped on a single 250m elev Lost lake beta ride the day before), up the new climbing trail to Meadow of the Grizzly and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Liked some parts better than others, but overall quite an interesting way to put a “dark blue” down black terrain. I’ve ridden way more gnarly, beat-down, poorly designed trails in other nearby locations. That’s mtn biking far as I’m concerned. Ya, Half Nelson is more flowy, but it’s less steep, too, not to mention pretty beat down itself. We had an awesome time just the same. Just spreading some love for the tweakers that will continue to improve a good days riding. Thanks Squamish!
      • + 1
      flag bboyshredder (Sep 15, 2019 at 17:44)
       It has huge berms and its steep. lots of speed bumps though.

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