Distance: 1.2 km
Time: 10 – 15 min
Elevation Gain: 6 m
Elevation Loss: 95 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Crosstown Traffic picks up from where Radio Tower ends, at the junction for Dark Forest. It’s located in the Mosquito Lake Area and is primarily descended south. The trail is an intermediate, flowy singletrack that eventually spits out onto the Mackenzie FSR after it crosses the second section of Mission Impossible. The first section of trail descends very quickly, mellowing out halfway down as it continues to traverse over to the FSR. There are three intersections along its route, with trails peeling away to the left and another connecting to Crosstown from the right. Stay high and head west to continue along Crosstown Traffic all the way to Mission Impossible. Nearing the end of the trail the route will cut across Mission Impossible, avoiding the advanced technical rock slab on Mission, to exit onto the Mackenzie FSR.
The trailhead for Crosstown Traffic is found at the east end of Radio Tower. Instead of riding Dark Forest west (right) over to Moosejah Connector, an advanced option, take the intermediate trail Crosstown Traffic down and out onto the Mackenzie FSR.
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Crosstown Traffic is accessed directly via Radio Tower, at the southeast end of the trail. It may also be accessed by riding Dark Forest to the junction for Radio Tower and Crosstown, taking a left onto Crosstown Traffic to continue south along its route. The last option to access the trail is to ride all the way down Dark Forest until you reach the end of the trail near the access road. At this point, take the well-used connecting trail heading left down towards Crosstown Traffic instead turning right onto the access road.
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If you’re looking to ride a fun intermediate route in the area, consider the following option. Begin your ride from the gravel pit (located off of Pemberton Farm Road East), riding along the Mackenzie Basin Loop to Happy Trail. Climb Happy Trail to Waco Connector. Take Waco to the FSR. Take the FSR across to Radio Tower. Descend the Radio Tower all the way to Crosstown Traffic. Finish along Crosstown Traffic which spits you out onto the Mackenzie FSR. From there head down the last few hundred metres of the FSR over to the gravel pit. This is a fun intermediate ride that will take anywhere from 1 – 2 hours to complete and combines the trails of Mackenzie Area with Mosquito Lake Area.