Distance: 434 m
Time: 5 – 15 min
Elevation Gain: 14 m
Elevation Loss: 53 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
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A Rockwork Orange is an incredibly flowy trail, built to utilize the surrounding landscape as it rolls over, down, up and across a series of granite rock slabs strung together by sections of rock and dirt. This roller coaster of a ride swings and swoops, turns and twists, as it descends back onto the Flank Trail. There are incredible views of the surrounding valley found at almost every turn, but I guarantee that you’ll have a hard time convincing yourself to stop the flow to take these in. If you do, and I wouldn’t blame you if you just kept flowing, you’ll be treated to some of Whistler’s most incredible bird’s eye view of the valley, lakes, Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Dan Raymond nailed it yet again with this piece of incredible singletrack. A Rockwork Orange is a unique route that follows one of the most enjoyable lines located in the Westside area. If you’re an experienced advanced rider, you won’t want to miss out on riding this treat on your next trip to Whistler. The flow of this trail will pleasantly surprise you and the views will wow you.
A Rockwork Orange is accessed from Stonebridge Place road by taking the blue connector over to the Rainbow-Sproat Flank Trail and pedaling north. Located 1.3 km from Stonebridge Place road, the trailhead is easy to spot and well-marked about 20 m in on the trail. The fun begins as soon as you roll the first slab and continues all the way down. The first section consists of a ridge ride along the ends of a cliff, dropping down a steep granite slab onto the singletrack below. Maintain your speed to roll up the rock armoured slab ahead and continue along the route hitting up several ridges and long rolling slabs. The crux along this route is found near the bottom where you’ll play thread the needle down a side sloping slab turning 90 degrees into a chute that finishes with a small drop. Follow the trail back out onto the Flank Trail and combine it with Korova Milk Bar and Wizard Burial Ground to finish on Whip Me Snip Me.
TRAILHEAD | N50 07.173 W122 59.963
Begin your ride by pedaling up or parking at the top of Stonebridge Place road (traffic circle). From the yellow gate at the end of Stonebridge Place climb the steep access road leading to the stiff blue singletrack trail heading up and right of the large brick building. The blue trail climbs to connect with the Flank Trail. Turn right onto the Flank Trail at the fork and continue to climb several switchbacks to the trailhead for A Rockwork Orange 575 m from the fork. The trailhead is easily spotted, heads right into the trees and is marked several metres down the trail.
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