Distance: 2.0 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 2 m
Elevation Loss: 129 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate – Hard
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No

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Appleton Canyon is fun technically challenging and exciting trail. Rated advanced, the tight and narrow singletrack with its rooty and rocky terrain will challenge most experienced riders. The trail may be ridden in either direction, but flows better north to south. Appleton Canyon is actually a section of the Sun Coast Trail. Therefore, please be mindful of hikers/walkers when navigation this sweet “old school” route. There are several waterfalls along this trail, with ample opportunity to stop and take in the incredible scenery. What makes Appleton Canyon trail doubly challenging, adding to the technical nature of this route, is the proximity of the trees to the trail which creates a challenge for bikes with wide bars. Not only do you have to manage the undulating technical terrain, but now you also have to worry about fitting your bars through the tight trees along the twisty and winding route. We have a trail in Whistler called Cut Yer Bars. Properly named because of the how tight the trees are, which often snag your bars on the descents. However, the Appleton Canyon Trail makes Cut Yer Bars look like a four lane highway. If you have the skill and experience to ride this trail, you will be rewarded with views, fun ups and downs, all while basking in the knowledge of having successfully completed this ride.

Access to Appleton Canyon is found 2.7 km east of the Theodosia Branch 10 access road, along the Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT). To loop this trail, begin your ride from the junction of Branch 10 and Branch 1, located next to the gravel pit. Pedal up Branch 10 for 3.2 km to the well-marked trailhead for SCT south. Take SCT south for 2.7 km to the trailhead for Appleton Canyon. Ride down Appleton Canyon to Branch 1 and head south (right) along Branch 1 to your starting point. You may also choose to ride this trail in reverse, looping it with the Marathon Trail.

TRAILHEAD | N49 57.105 W124 36.094

From town drive northwest on Hwy 101 to Wilde Road. Take a right onto Wilde Road and continue northeast along Wilde Road to Tomkinson Road. Turn right onto Tomkinson Road and drive to the junction of Theodosia Branch 10 and Theodosia Branch 1. Park by the gravel pit and begin your ride up Branch 10 to the trailhead, about 3.2 km up from the gravel pit. Or shuttle up Branch 10 for 3.2 km to the pull-off/parking area next to the trailhead for SCT South. From there ride SCT South for 2.7 km to the well-marked trailhead for Appleton Canyon.

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