Distance: 1.4 km
Time: 10 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 6 m
Elevation Loss: 113 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No
Danimal North is a fun all-mountain descent located in Whistler’s westside. The trail use to be connected with Danimal South, however the development of the Stonebridge subdivision separated them forever. Danimal North is a smooth flowing trail with several challenging technical sections along its descent. It’s a great one to ride in the evenings or when short on time. The trail may be combined with several other trails in the area to form a loop. It can also be shuttled if you’re looking to do a few laps; shuttling access is via Stonebridge Drive.
Danimal North is very different from Danimal South, as it has been reworked into a trail with lots of flow. The trail includes a large number of Technical Trail Features (TTFs) with ride around options for most. Expect sections of roots and rocks, along with steep roll downs over slabs. The trail is rated advanced (black), but serves as a great practice run for intermediate riders looking to improve their skills, while still challenging the experienced rider with its TTFs. Be sure to descend Danimal North to Alta Lake, climbing up the trail is not recommended and not much fun.
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Park at Rainbow Park and pedal south on Alta Lake Road for 2.8 km till you get to Stonebridge Drive. Turn up Stonebridge Drive and pedal for another 1.5 km to the start of Danimal North. The trailhead will be located to your right and marked with the most extravagant granite trailhead marker we’ve ever seen. From there it’s mostly downhill back to Alta Lake Rd, exiting 500 m south of Rainbow Park.
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There are several ways to combine Danimal North for a longer, more challenging all-mountain/x-country ride. The following is one of my favourite ways to ride it.
Take A River Runs Through It south out to Rainbow Park. From the parking lot of Rainbow Park, where River Runs Through It ends, ride south along Alta Lake Rd for 2.8 km to Stonebridge Drive. Ride up Stonebridge for 1.4 km and look for the Beaver Pond trail to your left. Take Beaver Pond (a challenging technical climb, which can be ridden in either direction) until you reach the doubletrack. Head straight up the doubletrack for 30 m to the well-marked trailhead for 99er. Descend 99er (near the end of the trail keep left) to Stonebridge Road. Climb back up Stonebridge to the trailhead for Danimal North – 1 km from 99er exit. Descend down Danimal North to Alta Lake road and end your ride by pedaling on the road back to town or by riding A River Runs Through It in reverse. This is an advanced ride that will take most riders between 3 – 4 hours to complete.