Distance: 1.8 km
Time: 10 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 4 m
Elevation Loss: 230 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: SORCA Trail Pass

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Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey is one of those unique trails which mixes amazing flow with sections of technical to form a thrilling x-country/all-mountain ride. Rated advanced and located in the Alice Lake Area, just north of Squamish, this ride is fast and fun.

Access Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey by climbing up Debeck’s Hill (well signed), the dirt road heading south from the Alice Lake beach parking area. Climb for about 600 m before the well-signed Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey trail heading left. The trail begins with a fast, flowy descent down a sweet singletrack lined with several small roots and rock poppers. There is an optional line down a wooden feature, which has seen better days, just before the Mid-Life Crisis trailhead. Turning left and onto this feature kills your flow and you may even miss it once you’ve got your groove on flying down this first section of trail. After the turn off for Mid-Life Crisis, Crouching Squirrel continues down and across a few low lying bridges and into several technical sections with large roots, boulders and rocks. There are a few log rolls that have seen better days, but are still fun to test your skill on. The crux of the trail is near the end when the rider pops out onto a challenging rock slab, with several line options down it. If this is your first approach, stop, have a look and plan your line before committing. The remainder of the trail gets a bit more tech, with a few more rock and root drops before it finally meets up with Brackentrail. Taking Brackentrail right will spit you out onto Tantalus Road (residential development). Heading left will take you to Jack’s Trail, but will require a 600 m push up the steep descending trail.

TRAILHEAD | N49 46.269 W123 07.467

Access Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey by climbing up Debeck’s Hill (well signed), the dirt road heading south from the Alice Lake beach parking area. Climb for about 600 m before the well-signed Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey trail heading left. You may return along Jack’s Trail to loop Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey.

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