Distance: 1.6 km
Time: 20 – 40 min
Elevation Gain: 138 m
Elevation Loss: 321 m
Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No
Boogieman is an awesome trail, but even once you’ve ridden it a few times there can be sections that give you the fear. And take a good look before riding any technical feature or steep section on the trail, some stunts end in mandatory airs and the wood on others has little or no texture and can be very slick when wet.
The trail rolls through a series of technical trail features and drops before crossing a swampy area on an elevated bridge. It then climbs steeply to the top of a ridge. It drops down the other side of the ridge and ends in a steep, rocky section with many possible lines. While some are more reasonable than others they all require that you have a high degree of technical skill. Check the run out zones on any line you choose and know how to bail out if things get sketchy. At the bottom of this section is the Pile Driver: a pretty big drop with a short landing into a left hand corner. The big tree outside the corner has claimed its share of collarbones over the years, so control your speed and make the corner. Discretion can be the better part of valour.
This is a great trail that has received a lot of love from Steed Cycles as part of the NSMBAs Trail Adoption Program (TAP). The long bridge over the swamp has been improved, the hip jump is full of gold and several rotted bridges have been replaced. Boogieman is a thrill to ride and one of the best trails on Seymour. It’s worth hiking the trail to admire the new work and check out the old, rotting stunts that still lurk in the bushes around the trail.
TRAILHEAD | N49 20.216 W122 58.502
The Boogieman trailhead is on the South side of the Baden Powell Trail. It’s marked with a large wooden signpost that names the trail and the TAP sponsors currently working on the trail. The trail is well-used and easy to spot.
bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls
We recommend a bigger freeride or dh bike to ride this trail, as there are many steep, chundery roll-overs that are much easier to do on a bike with lots of travel. You can ride a smaller bike on this trail, but it can be a bit of an equipment test; it’s all about what you’re willing to put your bike through.