Distance: 2 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 9 m
Elevation Loss: 342 m

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

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Cream Puff is a classic all-mountain/downhill run located in the Mosquito Lake Area of Pemberton. An extremely challenging and fun run, that I would recommend to any advanced to expert rider visiting the area. The trail will challenge even the most experienced rider with its long and steep rock slabs, down this exciting route. Expect several technical sections along route, with a few ride around options for the very harry stuff. This trail is a good warm up and great preparation to riding Meat Grinder. If you can’t clean Cream Puff, consider skipping Meat Grinder. The slabs on Cream Puff are not as steep and provide better exit points than Meat Grinder, a more challenging advanced run located in the area. If you’re comfortable riding Cream Puff and have enjoyed this type of riding, then I would suggest checking out Meat Grinder (next to Cream Puff) along with the expert trail Tower of Power located in the One Mile Lake Area, you won’t be disappointed if you do.

Cream Puff begins down several steep, loose, and rocky sections before coming to a fork. Make sure to turn left at the fork and pedal up to the rock bluff, instead of continuing down the natural line onto another trail called Ramble On. There is a sign indicating the direction of Cream Puff, but you really have to look for it. Following the rock bluff are a few sections of technical rock slabs, which are loose, eroded, and have seen better days. They are a real challenge to ride even for the advanced to expert rider. The good news is that there are a few less committing lines next to the really nasty stuff. After having flung yourself down these few sections, Cream Puff continues with plenty of technical moves all the way down to the railroad tracks. The flowiest section along this trail is found halfway down, where you’ll encounter incredibly smooth rolling slabs forming a natural pump track. This section is a dream to ride, creating a fun roller coaster descent down the slabs and along the rock spines. The last bit of trail pops out of the woods and comes to a fork, keep left to continue down Cream Puff. Heading right will take you over a very gnarly and committing rock bluff referred to as the Main Vein. This is an expert run with high consequences, only expert riders should attempt it. Shortly after the Main Vein split, Cream Puff pops out onto a doubletrack. Here you have two options. The first is to continue on down to the railroad tracks. And the second to ride right and out along the doubletrack which eventually takes you to the gravel pit. The choice is yours. Please be careful when crossing the tracks at the end of the trail; riding right will take you back to the gravel pit.

TRAILHEAD | N50 19.644 W122 44.611

Access to Cream Puff is via the east end of Econoline trail. There are several ways to ride over to the trailhead from either Mosquito Lake parking area or down from the gravel pit located off of Pemberton Farm Road East; near the ending to Cream Puff. The most direct access to the trail is by pedaling/shuttling Mosquito Lake Road to Old Fotsch Road. Turn right onto Old Fotsch Road and continue east along Old Fotsch Road over to Econoline. From there it is a 150 m pedal up Econoline to the entrance for Cream Puff, located to your left. Look for the sign for Cream Puff attached to the tree above the entrance. If you’re shuttling, you will require a vehicle with good clearance to get you up Old Fotsch Road. Remember to leave a retrieval vehicle down at the gravel pit. Shuttling will get you within 400 m of the trailhead.

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