5,101 ft
Distance
764 ft
Climb
-96 ft
Descent
00:23:40
Avg time

Merry Go Round Details

  • Riding Area
    Merry Creek
    Castlegar, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Merry-go-Round
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    March-November
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #1648 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2014

The climbing trail to access Hail Merry and also a great beginner descent. No TTFs but the infamous "Cliff Hanger" bridge is something that needs to be seen. The climb is quite strenuous with lots of challenging switchbacks and a fairly consistent grade that doesn't offer much chance for recovery. The descent provides a good challenge to an unconfident beginner rider while still being a smooth fast twisty ride for the more skilled riders.

Access Info

2km up Merry Creek FSR is the parking lot. Head up the bottom of Hail Merry and take the first right fork on the bridge.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Merry Go Round bike trail
  • Altitude change
    668 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,584 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,263 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,595 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,263 ft
  • Grade
    13.092%
  • Grade max
    -37.956%
  • Grade min
    70.478%
  • Distance climb
    3,552 ft
  • Distance down
    804 ft
  • Distance flat
    744 ft
  • Avg time
    00:23:40
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:11
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Status:
on Sep 2, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.9 (9 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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  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

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

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  • 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
  • TTF TTF
  • 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
      Directions to merry-go-round trailhead (49.294470, -117.681490)
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      Merry Go Round Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Sep 2, 2018 @ 3:36pm
      Sep 2, 2018
      Trail is in great shape despite the lack of rain.
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 12:20pm
      Aug 27, 2018
      Great condition
      Jul 7, 2018 @ 6:32am
      Jul 7, 2018
      May 2, 2018 @ 11:33am
      May 2, 2018
      All clear!
      May 1, 2018 @ 1:07pm
      May 1, 2018
      One tree down about 1km up the trail. Few minor snow patches in the clear cut. Otherwise good to go.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 98 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      All
      • 467 rides
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      Photos

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      15 |
      Sep 6, 2018 @ 11:46pm
      Sep 6, 2018
      Merry Go Round, My City
      15 |
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 8:47pm
      Aug 27, 2018
      Merry Go Round, Castlegar
      16 |
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 8:31pm
      Aug 27, 2018
      Merry Go Round, Castlegar
      17 |
      Aug 27, 2018 @ 8:31pm
      Aug 27, 2018
      Merry Go Round, Castlegar

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