2 miles
105 ft
-147 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Westside - Sproatt
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Skinny, Teeter Totter
  • Global Ranking
    #263 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in E-Biking
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking

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. River connects nicely with surrounding trails north and South
to Rainbow Park. Best ridden North to South.
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 Nov 28, 2019
Avg: 4 (54 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
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  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
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  • popular
  • less popular
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to river-runs-through-it trailhead (50.129690, -122.983930)
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      A River Runs... Trail Reports

      Nov 28, 2019 @ 4:06pm
      Nov 28, 2019
      Tree down before turn off onto blue section of trail.
      Nov 8, 2019 @ 10:01pm
      Nov 8, 2019
      reporter "pass the sugar" stunt repaired by WORCA trail crew
      Sep 18, 2019 @ 4:43pm
      Sep 18, 2019
      The long double black log ride section has a large tree down over the trail section which has destroyed the transfer between two logs on the...
      Sep 18, 2019 @ 3:07pm
      Sep 18, 2019
      reporter RMOW Trail Crew to begin trail late Sept for 4-6 weeks. Improving drainage, upgrading trail surface, replacing worn and broken structures and bridges.
      Aug 24, 2019 @ 2:20pm
      Aug 24, 2019
      Lots of maintenance needed. Trees down, bridges collapsed, and vegetation taking over some of the harder features. WORCA, we need some work on this.
      view all reports »

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      • 10 miles avg distance
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      14 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.
      • - 3
      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.
      • - 1
      flag Flow-Ryder (Aug 26, 2018 at 18:58)
       The skinnies are the best!!!
      • - 1
      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.
      • + 1
      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
      • + 0
      flag ashgo (Jul 6, 2019 at 21:15)
       Fun trail. Challenging in the rain!! Trailforks rates it blue but it is marked black at trailhead (like many trails on the west and north side). As an out-of-towner in a wet day it felt black to me!
      • + 0
      flag Cardiograph (Jul 21, 2019 at 15:40)
       Trail Forks says BLUE, signage says BLACK. I’d say DARK BLUE - many chicken trails avail if you want to avoid the tough stuff.
      • + 0
      flag gdtrfb8 (Aug 13, 2019 at 17:14)
       Just rode it for first time and I love this trail! Huge variety of wood features, and techy roots and rocks here and there too. I would definitely consider this BLUE-BLACK, not blue, since many sections require riding (or waking) relatively difficult wood features. YMMV depending on your slow speed skills. For me it was perfect level of difficulty, but my partner struggled a bit. If I lived here I would ride this regularly as a skill-building exercise with long-term goal of cleaning everything that’s whole (one double-black section had piece broken out of it and another had exposed nails with flagging on them).
      • + 0
      flag chubby5000 (Nov 9, 2019 at 8:17)
       Just rode this again twice yesterday in either direction. Preferred North to South and still love it. I can ride 98% of the trails out there, but as an XC guy at heart, this is in my top 5 trails in Whistler.

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