It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

While skiers and boarders passionately carve out every last turn on the North Shore, local mountain bike enthusiasts are watching the ever-rising snow level with bated breath! Yes, spring is in the air, and with that comes the ever popular Mountain Biking season. The change of seasons means outdoor enthusiasts are trading in their boards for wheels and migrating to the extensive trail system on Mount Fromme, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

To describe me as a “newbie” mountain biker would be an insult to all beginners. However, I am fascinated, and a little envious, of the skilled riders who regularly embark on trails like Crinkum Crankum and the Skull. Spellbound, I find myself in awe as I observe the converted climbing the narrow trails with a leg-burning and lung-crushing intensity. Muddy, sweaty, battered and sometimes bruised, these adventurous risk-takers drop in and tackle rickety bridges, ramps, jumps and plenty of frightening hair-raising steep descents. Fortunately, and at the risk of sounding cliché, the North Shore trail system offers up something for everyone, even someone like me. No matter your fitness level, you can find a local trail to suit your ability.

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

Equally impressive to the extensive trail system and skilled riders who frequent the area, is the volunteer core; the heart of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association. Dedicated to caring for a sustainable trail network, these cycling enthusiasts and trail stewards invest countless hours building and maintaining this world-class network of paths. Dare I say; community spirit is alive and well on Mount Fromme! And I quote, “Trails for All, Trails for Forever.” Could not have said it better myself!

Mount Fromme Trail Day Photo courtesy of NSMBA provided by Mosaic Homes

Ready to Ride?

Be sure to check out the North Shore Mountain Biking Association, the voice of mountain biking on Vancouver’s north shore. There are many ways to get involved with this enthusiastic and committed group of cyclists:

Photo courtesy of NSMBA Peter Lonergan Mount Seymour

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3 Responses to It’s All Downhill From Here – Mountain Biking on Vancouver’s North Shore

  1. Muddy, sweaty, battered and sometimes bruised, these adventurous risk-takers drop in and tackle rickety bridges, ramps, jumps and plenty of frightening hair-raising steep descents.

  2. Forrester

    If anyone has noticed, our District of North Vancouver has been busy building some very pricey debris flow grates and flood basins in our creeks due to the fact that endless mountain biking activities have heavily degraded and impacted our mountain slope watersheds to the point it can no longer hold water. Skull Trail goes through private property, illegally, and rarely ridden on these days. Yes, everything mountain biking affects goes downhill fast

  3. Doing mountain biking for a team building even at work. Can’t wait to see everyone wreck! haha