5.7 miles
200 ft
-4,877 ft
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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    , British Columbia
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  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #73879 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #4590 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking

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Tenquille Lake Descent is a 9 km less popular black diamond singletrack scenic trail located near Pemberton British Columbia. This multi-use trail can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating with a 61 m black diamond climb. On average it takes 2 hours15 minutes to complete this trail.

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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Tenquille Lake Descent multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -4,677 ft
  • Altitude min
    804 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,629 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,481 ft
  • Altitude end
    804 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,329 ft
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    748 ft
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on Sep 5, 2020
Avg: 3.45 (7 votes)
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  • Icy
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      Tenquille Lake... Trail Reports

      Sep 5, 2020 @ 6:50pm
      Sep 5, 2020
      The descent trail is in pretty good shape. A couple of spots where trees fell over but fully ridable. Its been 20+ years since I rode this trail....
      Apr 5, 2020 @ 10:00pm
      Apr 5, 2020
      Mar 22, 2020 @ 9:06pm
      Mar 22, 2020
      reporter COVID-19 in Pemberton. DO NOT TRAVEL. Ride in your home community.
      Mar 9, 2020 @ 7:31am
      Mar 9, 2020
      Upper trail in good shape and recently brushed out. Lower trail is fairly brushy through the fire section and there is some blowdown. Lots of...
      Mar 8, 2020 @ 7:06pm
      Mar 8, 2020
      Cleaned the lower section up there is still snow past the first bridge,I cleared one downed Tree
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 2 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      • 146 rides
      • Last: Oct 9, 2022


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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      myranda (Jul 29, 2022 at 16:34)
      I would not recommend this trail to everyone but a special kind of person (those people with a screw loose that live for type 2 fun) would love this adventure

      Ability level for reference: I’m not a stellar biker by any means, would say I’m an honest north shore blue, can handle blacks but walk sections.

      Kit: 30L ski touring bags with the bare minimum

      The drive: the main FSR is chill but as soon as you cut on to branch 12 it gets hectic. Super overgrown (cars will get scratched) and big washouts - if you bikes are hanging over the hitch like ours we’re take your front wheels off. You will need a high clearance truck and I don’t think a bike rack would make it up.

      The Up: no two ways about it this part sucked. 600m elevation gain, 2:45 elapsed time of which you are hiking your bike for 95% of. The mosquitos were vicious and there are multiple river crossings. Some you can cross on rocks and logs, others you just have to walk through them, there’s no other way. One waterfall-ish crossing that was interesting, other than that just expect it to generally suck.

      The sleep: We open-air camped on the porch of the hut, the huts been closed for two years but there are bear bins and a toilet that are accessible. Again, the bugs were abusive but the site was gorgeous.

      The down: I had a tone of fun on the down. 1500m descent, just over 2 hours elapsed time and I would say I biked 80+% of it, the majority of the trail is mellow and feels like it was cut as a bike trail. There is a section of major overgrowth that just feels like bush wacking, a sections with a bunch of fallen trees a section with loose rock but like I said I was able to ride the vast majority of it and have fun doing so.

      All in all it was a really cool adventure and I would do it again Smile hope this helps
      • + 2
      xTwoSnakesx (Apr 30, 2022 at 22:19)
      Looks like this trail, or at least portions of it, might be getting closed to MTBs this summer, along with many other changes in the Tenquille region following the recently completed Visitor Use Management Strategy organized by PWA, the Lil̓wat Nation, N’Quatqua and the Province of B.C.

      "Prohibiting mountain bikes on Tenquille trails and Mt. Barbour trail to minimize disturbance to wildlife, user conflicts, and meet trail objectives"

      My honest take is that based on trail conditions of the past couple years this has been a real slog to access for bikers. Certainly worth the payoff with the beauty of the lake and environs, but perhaps it's best left to two feet and not two wheels. There are newer and better bike specific alpine trails in the Sea to Sky.
      • + 0
      umatulip (May 8, 2021 at 10:15)
      Ticks are out in full force. Dogs got 15 deer ticks on them, might have occurred near the trail entrance/parking spot across the bridge. We hiked up about 4 km. Trail was clear.
      • + 0
      JayRow19 (Aug 11, 2019 at 20:56)
      went aug 4, and it was indeed very overgrown. i loved the trail personally, though its quite blind and fast (check your brakes!) for the first 2 thirds. keep your eyes forward and you'll be fine. bottom third is incredible. hikers seem conscious but be aware of their possible presence
      • + 0
      nando64 (Aug 8, 2019 at 8:23)
      I love this trail!!
      • + 0
      jonathanski (Aug 5, 2019 at 20:49)
      Bottom third genuinely great. Some sections of thick bush. Make sure you have fresh brake pads and a fresh pair of shorts (code brown)
      • + 0
      verobouchard (Jul 21, 2019 at 8:15)
      Single track, not well maintained long descent... you can't even see where your front wheel is going, very overgrown, I'm glad I didn't do the helidrop because I would be disappointed to pay for that. It's unfortunate...
      • + 1
      jasonwd (Sep 28, 2018 at 8:29)
      When we rode this trail it was super loose, super blown out and incredibly overgrown. Turned out more of a chore than a pleasure for a back country epic.
      • + 1
      flipfantasia WORCA (Sep 28, 2018 at 9:09)
      TBF, since the fires in 2009 this trail has always been super loose/blown out and overgrown in the summer. Before the fire it was probably one of the better descents in the Sea to Sky, it's still rad imo, just wait until fall when the veg and bugs die off.

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