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Alouette Mountain - Switchback

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Lots of small drops, fairly fast riding and tight singletrack.
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Latitude
49.271612853177636
Longitude
-122.5360107421875
Trail Directions
Take 232nd St. down to the road going to Golden Ears Park. Follow the road up to Mike Lake, where you take a left. Follow the gravel road to the parking lot at the lake. Go over the yellow gate and up the fire-road. Go past the switchback trailhead and continue up the fire-road till you see the bottom of another trail (about 2km). You can hike up the trail or keep riding the fire-road till you reach the Alouette Mountain trailhead. There's a sign, you can't miss it. Alternately you can just ride down the switchback trail.
Trail Length
20km including fire-roads
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Maple Ridge
   


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Review Date
August 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gromit_dog ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Long fire road up the mountain and good tight single track downhill. The fire access road has really gone to crap, a large 500m section has washed out and lots of trees are down across the trail. Needs some serious maintenance. Instead of fixing the problem signs have been posted, looking at the latest map of golden ears park it looks like they are going to de-activate the portion of the road that passes through malcolm knapp research forest and just let it erode away. Used to be an easy 5 star run due to the awesome fire road for good cardio and exciting downhill section, now the fire road is crap.

Recommended Route:
Take the Alouette mountain fire access road up the mountain and pick your drop, switchback etc.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Woodlot



Comments
Gromit_dog (08/27/2009)
Can't edit my review so i'll append it with this. The section of the Alouette Mountain Fire Access Road that has been deactivated is 1500m long, mostly unridable, lots of blowdown.
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Review Date
August 30, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: brace ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is a fun old school downhill single track. Small drops and some good rock and route sections. Let it rip and its a blast.

About two thirds of the way up the trail watch for a narrow single track that goes off the main trail to the right and up. It is much more fun and will let you bypass the two uphill sections of the main trail making it a pure downhill run on the way down.

If you go up the trail and take a few small breathers it takes about 35 minutes to get to the top. If you go up the fire access road it takes 50 minutes with a few small breathers unless you are a serious XC rider. My nine speed, 1st gear downhill rig went up without to much strain but I would highly recommend just going up the trail.

Recommended Route:
(Follow the Golden Ears Park signs) 232nd to Fern cresent and than turn left at Mike Lake. Turn left on the gravel road and stop at the small parking lot across from the second trail head which has a sign that says Eric Dunning Trail at the bottom. That is the trail. Why it is named that at the bottom and the Switch back trail at the top is any bodies guess, but its the same trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bear moutain, Heritage Park, Woodlot



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Review Date
April 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Peter , from Surrey

Summary:
Nice easy climb on the fireroad, took only 23 min. to get to the top of the trailhead from the parking lot. The Switchback trail is lots of fun nice switchbacks, some steep ans ruff sections with a few creek crossings. Small drops and jumps. The faster you go the better it is, just under 7 min down in the rain.

Recommended Route:
Take the fireroad up from Mike lake parking lot and turn right at the Switchback trail sign.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Red mountain (Mission)XC trail, SFU, Sumas, Vedder



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Review Date
March 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Big D , from Maple Ridge

Summary:
rocky, roots, wet, bc single track the usual. No big stuff small drop at the end were all cross countriers bail ha ha!!

Recommended Route:
Straight up the alouette mountain trail watch for horse shit!! alternate route the fire road which takes alot longer

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Woodlot gold, giant killer, bloodonor,Bear mountain DH course,shotgun



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Review Date
May 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mike cawker , from maple ridge

Summary:
it is a very hard and technical fireroad, there are little sticks spaced out meters away from each oother. almost unridable... i bailed on one of these sticks

Recommended Route:
no where were there is train tracks

Other recommended trails in the same area:
the dike, or the road where there is no train tracks... i can not ride over them eather.. they are very hard and technical... i give it four because it is crazyer than than the north shore, with unridable fireroads



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