2 miles
105 ft
-147 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Westside - Sproatt
    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
    #263 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking

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 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 Oct 20, 2018
Avg: 4 (47 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 river-runs-through-it trailhead (50.129690, -122.983930)
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A River Runs... Trail Reports

Oct 20, 2018 @ 12:06pm
Oct 20, 2018
Only got 'lost' four minor times due to the yellow leaves. Hard to be mad at them when they add so much beauty!
Oct 17, 2018 @ 7:33pm
Oct 17, 2018
Lots of leaves down make it interesting, but not too slippery with this dry spell.
Sep 25, 2018 @ 6:34am
Sep 25, 2018
Roots and skinnies are slicker than grease.
Aug 23, 2018 @ 8:38am
Aug 23, 2018
Wicked good riding.
Aug 15, 2018 @ 8:59am
Aug 15, 2018
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...
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10 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.
  • + 0
flag Flow-Ryder (Aug 26, 2018 at 18:58)
 The skinnies are the best!!!
  • + 0
flag Flow-Ryder (Aug 26, 2018 at 19:03)
 And everything works if you have the skill and the guts! Just because you are unskilled doesn't and can't ride something doesn't mean it's "dumb and janky". Some of the coolest woodwork in the sea to sky! Bring your a game if you want to clean everything. Big toothpicks up in the air to ride along.
  • + 0
flag chubby5000 (Sep 1, 2018 at 22:29)
 This is such a fun techy XC trail. There’s a ton of challenging skinnies that are high(ish) off the ground and some awesome archaic drops to flat that would require late ‘90’s pedal drops the get off them. They just make you laugh when you see them. Great trail.
  • + 0
flag jsnswt (Sep 7, 2018 at 18:51)
 super fun and technical parts! don’t blame the trail for what you can’t ride. I didn’t

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