2 miles
402 ft
-1,840 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Meadow of the Grizzly (Spélhx̱en tl'a Stl'lhalem) Trail


  • Riding area
    Diamond Head
    Squamish, British Columbia
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  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
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  • Physical rating
  • Season
    April - Oct
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  • 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 should 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 beofre 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
    -1,438 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,571 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,009 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,009 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,571 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1,900 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    263 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 13, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 3.2 (121 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to meadow-of-the-grizzly-spelhx-en-tl-a-stl-lhalem trailhead (49.759707, -123.066412)
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Meadow of the... Trail Reports

May 13, 2018 @ 12:15pm
May 13, 2018
Nice big stump and root ball over the trail. Probably gonna need a chainsaw.
May 2, 2018 @ 8:58am
May 2, 2018
reporter Good to go - a few soft spots from recent work
May 1, 2018 @ 2:50pm
May 1, 2018
My recommendation is to not ride this trail until we get some dry weather and there is some work done to it. Riding it will result it significant...
Apr 29, 2018 @ 8:33am
Apr 29, 2018
Combination of dry and wet depending on the overhead tree cover from the recent rain. Running very well.
Apr 25, 2018 @ 7:26am
Apr 25, 2018
reporter Some spring tune up work happening on the lower part of the trail that will be done by the weekend. Lots of snow to cross from Garibaldi Park road
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16 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
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.
  • + 2
flag jpshore (Jun 27, 2017 at 19:23)
 Ha ha! Those two shits right at the trailhead are a pretty clear warning!
  • + 1
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!
  • + 7
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.
  • + 4
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.
  • + 2
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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!

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