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A River Runs Through It

Average Rating:    (4.55 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

sweet trail. on a sunny, warm summer day you'll think you've died and gone to heaven. well maintained trail with raised planks, log ramps, teeter totter and other assorted fun things. parts of the first section are quite steep and rocky and i would label it advanced. most riders will have to walk some of the trail...it's just unrideable. otherwise, once you're past that stuff it's freestyling all the way and most intermediates will be ok. the rest of the trail isn't steep but it has a nice rhythm to it with all the curves and ramps. there is a river to cross (hence the name) and you can ride the log (if you're brave) or walk it. it's a good 1.5 - 2 hour trail. whistler is so beautiful and this trail is one of many in the area. about half way through the trail you'll hit a flat open area and it's tough to figure out where to go but stick left, head into the woods and you'll see the big white sign labelling the trail again. you'll come out on the paved valley trail again and from there, head left and you'll find yourself at rainbow park and lots of directions to get you back to wherever you want to go.
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Latitude
50.1204680330118
Longitude
-122.98627853393555
Trail Directions
You can access this trail from a variety of locations, but the one that gives you the longest ride is from alta lake road. best to follow the paved valley trail from whistler village (ask for directions...everyone knows it)and head towards rainbow park. after crossing the wooden bridge that goes over the "river of golden dreams" you'll ride for another 1-2 minutes and the paved trail will continue to your right or take a sharp left up a short steep hill. take the steep and you'll come out onto alta lake road. turn left (unless you know whistler at this point it will look like you came out in the middle of nowhere!) and stick close to the left side of the road. you'll be heading down the road and after about a minute you'll notice a steep drop into the forest and you're on your way!
Trail Length
2-3 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Whistler
   


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Review Date
July 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AJK509 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is great. It's a pretty tech ride for me (as I am on a hardtail) with plenty of freestyle sections. There is now a new entrance trail built from Rainbow Park. The access spot is in the upper parking lot.

Recommended Route:
Either direction; some freestyle sections are built for one direction, but the majority can be ridden from both ways.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Danimal North and South. Lower Sproat.



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Review Date
January 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Muddy Trail ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
You ride on elevated ramps as much as on dirt. The log ride over the river is something you don't want to try unless you have good balance. You might save yourself, but your bike will go in the river if you waver off the log. A thrill a minute. I haven't seen anything like it in the states. The bike park is big fun, but save some time for A River Runs Thru it.

Recommended Route:
Only a 15 minute ride from Whistler Village. Ask for directions.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Train Wreck.



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Review Date
October 22, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Frankenstein ,  Downhiller

Summary:
great flat trail for practice on elevated stunts. it was a rainy day when i went, I learned the trail is more difficult when wet.

Recommended Route:
pull in off alta lake road and go right.



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Review Date
February 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mattman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Wow, a river runs through it and about a million roots. I rode this on a rental bike following a girl guide who flat smoked me. She made the stunts look easy, I made them look hard, but I did a lot more than I thought I could. Being from SoCal I found not only the stunts to be a challenge, I was amazed at how hard it was to deal with all the slippery roots. I have a whole new appreciation for what technical means and a huge respect for the people I saw cleaning sections I was struggling with. This was a very fun ride! I felt fortunate to complete it with only minor scrapes and bruises. I'm glad I was on a rental, 'cause I crashed the puppy hard. Although I may have crashed less on a bike that I knew and was set up right for my big ass.

Recommended Route:
I rode top to bottom, but people ride both ways

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The park rocks for downhill



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Review Date
September 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sean ,  Downhiller , from Whistler

Summary:
This trail is growing expodentially. I don't mean in size but in stunts. This year has been an unreal year for putting in advanced and beginner lines. A lot of changes to the trail that are for the best. It made some sections feel easier but in reality with the advanced line and intermediate line they put on every stunt now it is really good for 'most' users. Anyone that actually rides the shore regularily will find it pretty common, but hey it still kicks ass.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mels Dilema, Blueberry (kind of hidden and short but very fun)



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