Distance: 880 m
Time: 10 – 15 min
Elevation Gain: 1 m
Elevation Loss: 204 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Blood, Sweat and Fear has it all; rocks, boulders, roots and slabs down steep fall lines and tight switchbacks. There are a few sections along the trail that will question your sanity, as you traverse along gnarly and steep rock slabs. One section in particular, about halfway down the trail, will have you pause to spot where the trail leads as you look for the dirt at the end of the side sloping slab. This is a tricky section to navigate even for the advanced rider, so pay attention and get off and walk if you’re not feeling confident.
Access Blood, Sweat and Fear via Waco Connector or by heading up the Mackenzie FSR. The trailhead is located on the west side of the Mackenzie FSR, right below the Waco Connector trail. About 20 metres in a faint trail heads right, keep left and continue to descend. To confirm you’re on the right track look for the well-marked trailhead for Psychopath located right after the fallen log rolls that may be aired or rolled. These are permanent features on the trail and fun to pop. The rest of the trail is relatively easy to follow. There are a couple of sections with alternative lines, so check them out if this is your first time descending the trail and choose wisely. Overall this is an exciting rip down to the railroad tracks. From there cross the tracks and make your way back east to the gravel pit along the Mackenzie Basin Loop.
Blood, Sweat and Fear is a part of the Mackenzie Area trails. For more info on the full network, visit the Mackenzie Area trail page.
TRAILHEAD | N50 19.901 W122 46.187
Access the trailhead via Waco Connector or by riding up the Mackenzie FSR. The trailhead is located at the east end of Waco Connector and on the west side of the Mackenzie FSR. When taking the Mackenzie FSR from the gravel pit, head up the FSR for 2.2 km to the well signed trailhead located to the left of the FSR. This is also the access to Psychopath, found less than 100 m down Blood, Sweat and Fear.
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