Vancouver’s North Shore is one of the most famous riding areas in the world. From its iconic ladder woodwork to the flowing ribbons of singletrack among tall trees, the trail networks of Mount Fromme and Mount Seymour offer options for every level of rider.
The local trail organization (North Shore Mountain Bike Association) has worked hard to protect and maintain these trails, and I’ve spent endless hours riding on Vancouver’s North Shore. If it’s your first time riding here or if you’re looking for suggestions on how to extend your usual ride, the options are limitless with a little imagination. Here are some North Vancouver mountain bike routes to get you started:
Mount Fromme: beginner route
Drive up Mountain Highway and gear up for your ride in the newly finished Mount Fromme parking lot. Begin by climbing Mountain Highway to the trailhead of Bobsled, and drop in on one of the North Shore’s smoothest trails. As you climb up for your second lap, try climbing Roadside Attraction for a singletrack climb that parallels the road. Descend Upper Griffen, which has some great technical trail features, and turn right on the Towers Connector to return to the parking lot.
Mount Fromme: intermediate route
Looking for a good mix of technical singletrack and fast, flowy trails? Begin your ride from the Mount Fromme parking lot, and climb up Mountain Highway. Once you pass the fifth switchback, you’ll notice a picnic bench on your left that was installed to recognize the efforts of the infamous Todd “Digger” Fiander. Continue riding 200m further and follow this sequence of trails: Leppard, Crinkum Crankum, Kirkford and Cedar Trail. Start your climb back up Mountain Highway, and at a similar elevation to Leppard, take a left into Expresso, a flow trail that MEC has helped revitalize over the past few years. Follow the Baden Powell back to Mountain Highway, and clean your bike up at the new fancy wash station.
Mount Seymour: intermediate route
Rise and grind! Start your climb up the relentless Old Buck trail before (finally) getting a long descent down the west side of Seymour. At the powerlines, hang a left into the new Severed D entrance, and then a quick right onto the Baden Powell Connector. This technical connector was put in to bring traffic to the all-mountain masterpiece Forever After. A great trail for intermediate to experts, Forever After is one of those trails that the more you put into it, the more it gives back! Once you come to Bridle Path, turn left and work on your technical XC skills as you cross back across the mountain. Finish with the famous armored berms of Empress Bypass, and conveniently pop out of the woods at your vehicle.
Mount Seymour: advanced
Hone your skills on climbs, descents, jumps, tech and stunts… it’s all about variety on Seymour. Start off with Old Buck, and get into a comfortable cadence as you climb up Baden Powell, Mushroom Trail and finally plateau at Corkscrew. There’ve been some great additions to Corkscrew and Pingu around jumps, berms and optional lines. Flow your way down before you dive into the technical nature of your second descent, Severed D. Begin winding your way back up to the top using a sequence of ascent trails that make up the nicest singletrack climb on the shore. The final descent? Down Boogieman to Boogie Nights, which is a fantastic mix of classic North Shore features and creative new-school flow.