1,522 ft
Distance
-318 ft
Descent
00:03:44
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Upper Howler Trail
  • Zander Strathearn
    Builder

Upper Howler Details

  • Riding Area
    Westside - Rainbow
    Whistler, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Jun-Oct
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #779 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2013

Upper section added to the inimitable Howler. This section has a steep access climb, and drops in on steeper and arguable more difficult terrain than the main section below it. With some very sharp and steep rock, choose your lines carefully and bring tubes! It's a LONG way out to be stuck without spares.

Access Info

Climb to Howler, then continue to follow the flank. Once past the main Howler entrance, the Flank narrows and steepens becoming more of a hiking trail with tight steep switchbacks, roots, and loose rock. Continue climbing until you get to a slab rockface, at the top of which the trail starts to the left.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Howler bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -318 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,052 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,370 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,370 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,052 ft
  • Grade
    -20.911%
  • Grade max
    -104.4%
  • Grade min
    -5.934%
  • Distance down
    1,522 ft
  • Avg time
    00:03:44
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:36
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Status:
on Oct 13, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.9 (11 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Upper Howler Trail Reports

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      Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:21pm
      Oct 13, 2018
      No issues. Running really well.
      Jul 5, 2018 @ 11:19am
      Jul 5, 2018
      Fun!
      Jun 24, 2018 @ 10:02am
      Jun 24, 2018
      Man the bugs are really bad! Make sure you have some bug dope!
      May 31, 2018 @ 7:08pm
      May 31, 2018
      Trail is great. Bring bug spray for the trip up.
      May 16, 2018 @ 9:15pm
      May 16, 2018
      Two patches of snow near the top left. Trail could really use a rake lots of winter debris down on the trail
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 69 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 628 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 19, 2017 @ 6:29pm
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      Upper Howler, Whistler
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      Sep 19, 2017 @ 6:29pm
      Sep 19, 2017
      Upper Howler, Whistler
      583 |
      Jan 16, 2017 @ 7:17pm
      Jan 16, 2017
      Upper Howler, Whistler
      287 |
      Jun 6, 2015 @ 9:06pm
      Jun 6, 2015
      Upper Howler, Whistler

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