1.0 mile
Distance
190 ft
Climb
-313 ft
Descent
00:13:45
Avg time
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Orbital Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #96687 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #57112 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking

Not for the feint-hearted Full of rocks, roots, twists and turns, short technical descents and tough steep pinches. Great views over the lake towards town though....

This is a difficult, old school technical cross country trail - don't expect to clear it the first (or tenth) time without putting your foot down. Challenge accepted I hear you say? That's the spirit!

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Orbital mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -123 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,023 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,182 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,182 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,059 ft
  • Grade
    -2.304%
  • Grade max
    -25.554%
  • Grade min
    18.751%
  • Distance climb
    2,056 ft
  • Distance down
    2,876 ft
  • Distance flat
    415 ft
  • Avg time
    00:13:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:53
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Status:
on Jun 19, 2021
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Avg: 2.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Orbital Trail Reports

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      Jun 19, 2021 @ 7:59pm
      Jun 19, 2021
      reporter Someone's done a bit of work on Orbital recently, making it easier to get over/through some obstacles. The work is good quality, but hopefully...
      Jan 8, 2021 @ 1:47am
      Jan 8, 2021
      reporter
      The JTS crew have taken to the vegetation with hours of work this week to reclaim this old (and extremely challenging) favourite from the...
      Jan 7, 2021 @ 1:46am
      Jan 7, 2021
      reporter
      JTS vegetation maintenance
      Jan 6, 2021 @ 1:45am
      Jan 6, 2021
      reporter
      JTS vegetation maintenance
      Jan 5, 2021 @ 3:35am
      Jan 5, 2021
      reporter
      JTS vegetation maintenance continuing....
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 18 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 65 rides
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Daveofjindy (Jun 10, 2017 at 15:11)
       Riding orbital is always an adventure with beautiful scenery and plenty of technical challenges. All obstacles and terrain are negotiable, but stringing them all together is a different story. Legend goes that no brave soul has ever made it thru without the odd little dab of the foot.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Judoka (Jan 27, 2018 at 2:40)
       Wonderful views but nature is slowly taking over the track.
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      • + 0
      CiderRider (Jun 9, 2018 at 5:20)
       Start of Orbital has been covered by old branches etc. not sure if this is an attempt to close the trail or not. Alternate entry is via the gully to the left of the original entrance.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      JindyMTB (Oct 4, 2018 at 0:02)
       Very technical trail for advanced riders. Plenty of rocks and challenging up/down terrain. Not for the faint hearted but is a great challenge to ride!
      [Reply]
      • - 2
      GCcowboy (Oct 23, 2020 at 14:18)
       DO NOT RIDE if you have any intentions of fun. I ride double blacks and this was by far the worst trail I have ever ridden. Was not a MTB track was barely even a hiking track. IF YOU want to waste your time and walk half of the goat track then go for it. Trail should not be listed as a MTB track in my opinion.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      sgc7of7 JTS (Dec 4, 2020 at 1:55)
       That's a bit rough! Sorry that you didn't enjoy it, but every track has it's place.... Orbital is one of the original trails in the area - it's an old school technical cross country trail and that's how people like it. It's definitely a challenge, the brewery wouldn't have offered a keg of beer for the first person to ride it without putting a foot down (with video evidence) if it weren't difficult. FYI the keg has been claimed.

      We'll update the trail description though, just to ensure that people understand what they're getting into.
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