Whistler, British Columbia
The longest and most physically challenging singletrack ride in the Whistler valley. Envisioned, designed and built by Chris Markle (a Whistler trailbuilding legend), Comfortably Numb is a must-do ride for technically advanced cyclists. Long climbs, challenging rock faces, elevated bridges and spectacular views combine for a continually thrilling experience. The trail meanders in and out of old growth primeval Coastal Western Hemlock ecosystems and granite rock gardens, finally plunging into the valley bottom at Lost Lake Park. By itself, the trail is worth the trip. Combined with whole Whistler scene - incredible trail experiences for every rider - it's the perfect icing on the best cake to feed your riding appetite.
Location: Whistler is 75 miles north of Vancouver.
Directions: The ride begins 4 kilometers north of Whistler on HWY 99, at Wedgemount parking lot. Cross the bridge, go left, up the hill, then right. Watch for trail signs.
Length: 17 miles. Typically ridden one way, from the Wedgemount trailhead to Whistler. Average one-way ride time is 3.5 to 5 hours.
Climbing: 1500 feet, with steep descents and climbs. Not suitable for novices, and a serious challenge for intermediate riders.
Terrain: All singletrack and very technical. Rocky, rooty and steep, with some ladder bridges included for good measure.
Check in with the Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA). They are a very active club and offer fun events open to all comers.