Ride Guide: Exploring the Epic Sea to Sky Trail
BC is full of epic bike rides, as we all know. In fact epic rides surrounded by amazing vistas of glacier-covered mountains, endless forests and beautiful rivers are the reason many of us come here and do the sport we do, myself included. Some of these rides are multi-day adventures, but thankfully some of them can be done in a single day, such is the diverse nature of BC’s beauty.
What to Expect on the Sea to Sky Trail
The Sea to Sky Trail is an absolute gem of a trail that links Squamish and Whistler with singletrack extending further towards Pemberton. Rideable as an out-and-back and with a few different start and end point it’s easy to customise the ride length to suit you. Between Squamish and Whistler the trail is around 90% gravel singletrack with few technical sections and a couple of short stretches of highway (around 9km total).
The trail mostly follows the Cheakamus river and the highway between Squamish and Whistler yet for the most part feels remote and wild, despite never being too far from a road. There’s plenty to see on the way up with some amazing river crossings, cliffs with panoramic views and stunning lakes. The trail itself is for the most part relatively easy in terms of technicality, with a few rocky spots, mostly around the Squamish end of the trail where the climb is steep enough that most people are going to be walking it either way. The rest of the trail is more suitable for a gravel bike or a cross country mountain bike – a gravel bike certainly makes the paved parts of the trail a lot more pleasant.