2 miles
105 ft
-147 ft
Avg time


  • Riding area
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Drop, Skinny, Teeter Totter
  • Global Ranking

Perhaps the classic Whistler mountain bike trail. This trail has seen many upgrades throughout the years and is now a relatively flowy ride with a few optional 'double-black' sections. If your time in Whistler is limited and you want to sample some classic West-Coast trail building, this is probably your best bet.

Local hammer-heads will clean this trail in about 30 minutes, but mortals should bank on it taking at least 1-2 hours!

Access Info

From the Village, ride to the end of Lorimer Rd and cross the tracks. Almost immediately after crossing the tracks, turn left off the Valley Trail and follow a dirt road for a couple of kilometres to a reclaimed gravel pit. Continue for another 100 metres and look for a well signed trail head on your left (if you reach Alta Lake Rd you've gone too far).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for A River Runs Through It mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -41 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,129 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,194 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,194 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,152 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,593 ft
  • Distance down
    2,855 ft
  • Distance flat
    2,546 ft
  • Avg time
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on Aug 15, 2018
Avg: 3.95 (43 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to river-runs-through-it trailhead (50.129690, -122.983930)
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A River Runs... Trail Reports

Aug 15, 2018 @ 8:59am
1 days
Mama Bear and her 3 cubs roaming around middle of River Runs Through It. Moved slowly away from us and our bear bells...but were in no hurry. We...
Aug 6, 2018 @ 8:55pm
Aug 6, 2018
The south portion of the trail has certainly seen better days. Bridge work is rotted and tree roots have taken over. This portion needs some...
Jul 12, 2018 @ 7:28am
Jul 12, 2018
almost bone dry, couple light mud sections. trail is becoming easier to find due to regular use.
Jun 28, 2018 @ 8:22am
Jun 28, 2018
Water still over some sections towards to middle. If you're looking (or local) I'm sure you'll be able to find the trail. Love this trail and the...
Jun 17, 2018 @ 6:21pm
Jun 17, 2018
A whole lot of fun features in this trail, We had a blast. The river actually took over some sections, you can still get through, water is not...
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Trail Lists

6 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag xTwoSnakesx (Jun 19, 2017 at 11:23)
 An old decommissioned bridge about halfway through had some wood with exposed nails that a friend of mine stepped on and it went through his shoe. Just a warning to others and maybe to WORCA to look into.
  • + 1
flag aaronkoenig (Jun 21, 2017 at 12:52)
 This trail has seen a bunch of work on it in the last year especially on the section North of and including the Barts Dark section. It still has the same style ladders/bridges/stunts as before, but built to a more modern standard. It can also now be better ridden North from Bart's Dark which helps return back towards Alpine from the Westside network. I'm hoping they continue to work on this trail this summer.
  • - 1
flag mohinder (Jul 1, 2017 at 13:56)
 Don't let the first flow section fool you. If you're looking for an XC grind, this trail is for you. Not sure why its rated as a black. Also consists of uphill skinny drops to flat and other dumb janky wood features that don't really work. Whoever built them was stoned.
  • + 0
flag bbbrad (Oct 7, 2017 at 21:46)
 Great condition today, wooden features not too slick
  • + 0
flag NovemberCharlie (May 17, 2018 at 20:20)
 Trail was in decent shape today but the river is high, too high at one point about 2/3 of the way in (about two minutes after the main bridge crossing). This forced me to turn back to Rainbow Express and link up to the last section via that route. Riders with more experience may know how and where to cross the water safely but the alternate route was well worth it. The recently improved sections and wooden features are really cool.
  • + 0
flag davidwarner (Jul 8, 2018 at 22:34)
 The flooded area half way down RRTI south is, for the most part, gone now and you can now keep track of the trail. However, the flooding has left a very muddy patch that you will have to do a short hike a bike over. Other than that, RRTI is in very good shape.

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