Distance: Over 30 km
Time: 1 hr – 4 days
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A
Technical Rating: Intermediate – Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate – Hard
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No
Shuttling Cypress on a summer evening is a wonderful thing. The light filters softly through the forest and there’s always a good crew out riding. The mountain is popular and you’ll see Jetta-loads of well-appointed roadies riding up and Tacoma-loads of mountain bikers riding down. Roadies like Cypress because the climb is easier than the Seymour access road and the mountain bikers like it because Cypress is where the big kids play.
Before putting tread to trail on Cypress, be sure to get plenty of experience riding steep, technical trails. And it’s a good to ride a big bike with a stiff fork. The trails on Cypress are higher consequence than the trails on Fromme or Seymour with many man-made stunts, steep rolls and mandatory airs. It won’t take you long to realize you’re in over your head. Keep in mind that it’s a long walk down, or a hard push up to get yourself out of a difficult situation. It doesn’t hurt to take a couple of minutes and hike a few hundred meters into the trail you’re about to ride to check things out before you dive in.
To get to the goods, exit Highway 99 at Cypress Bowl Road and drive up the road until you reach the works yard on your right hand side (about 2 minutes). Observe the parking regulations and park your retrieval vehicle on the left hand side of the road. There are four (4) switchback corners on the Cypress Bowl road and the parking lots for the trailheads are located on the third and fourth corners. The parking lot on the third switchback has one of the best views of Vancouver and the Burrard Inlet. Enjoy the view and stretch your fingers before beginning your first descent.
TRAILHEAD | N49 20.863 W123 11.691
Take Hwy 99/Hwy 1 to Cypress Bowl Road. Exit on to Cypress Bowl Road. All trails are accessed via Cypress Bowl Road. Park at one of the four switchbacks to begin your descent, depending on the trails you are tackling.
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