Distance: 1.1 km
Time: 5 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 201 m

Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No

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Completed in 2013 by Fafard Recreational Development (FRD), Back Pains is a great addition to the Mackenzie Area trail network. It is a fun and flowy intermediate route built to be descended; riding up it is not recommended. The trail provides the intermediate rider a chance to experience the Nimby climb, without having to descend down the advanced and expert trails located higher up on Mackenzie. Loop Back Pains with the Nimby climb to complete a fun 3.6 km intermediate singletrack ride back to Waco Connector, from where you’ll have a few more intermediate options to continue to descend back down towards the gravel pit.

The Back Pains trailhead is very well marked with a wooden carved sign and located about 2.5 km up the Nimby climb. This relatively smooth singletrack trail will twist and turn around some well-built and well-bermed corners all the way down to Waco Connector. There are a few rollers along the way, allowing the more skilled rider to take some air, while providing nice braking bumps for the less experienced. A few low lying bridges cross several streams along the route, but are built wide enough for most riders to comfortably cross. The more use this trails sees, the better it will get as it settles.

TRAILHEAD | N50 20.482 W122 47.143

To access Back Pains, climb up Nimby for 2.5 km to the well-marked Back Pains trailhead. The descent down Back Pains will be located on the rider’s left.

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Trail options

For those riders a little overwhelmed with the technical difficulty of the trails in the Mackenzie Area, now you have several options to create a fun, yet physically challenging x-country loop.

For one such option I recommend riding up Happy Trail to Waco Connector, continuing on Waco to Nimby; near the end of Waco Connector. Climb Nimby to Back Pains and descend down Back Pains to Waco. Take a right on to Waco and follow it back towards Happy Trail, finishing your descent down Lower Mackenzie for which the trailhead is just before Happy Trail. Lower Mackenzie has recently seen some improvements, which make the trail an intermediate (blue) ride. This figure eight loop combines almost all the blue trails in the area and makes for a great 1.5 – 3 hour ride.