Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 65 m
Elevation Loss: 48 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No
Delineator is a fun and challenging connector trail located between Alpine Meadows and the No Flow Zone. The trail connects directly to Shit Happens, climbing above the Rainbow development. Once on Shit Happens, the rider will have a plethora of trail options to choose from when exploring this super techy area. Delineator may be ridden in either direction and was built after the west end of Shit Happens was permanently closed down by the development of the Rainbow subdivision.
Delineator is found at the east end of Valley Drive. To access the trail, ride up the steep doubletrack heading into the woods at the end of the road. Keep an eye out for a faint singletrack trail to veer left, this is Delineator – it leaves the doubletrack about 40 metres after the short climb. Continue to climb up Delineator from here all the way to the T-junction with Shit Happens, where you’ll take a left onto Shit Happens. Heading right on Shit Happens takes you back down to the Rainbow development.
Delineator ascends from Alpine along a techy route littered with roots and rocks. There are a few low lying bridges to cross before the trail gets even more technical with its loose boulders, jagged and pointy rocks, and tight technical switchbacks, creating a challenging route all the way to Shit Happens. Delineator is an intermediate trail; therefore, if you struggle to get up it, reconsider riding in this area, unless of course you like the challenge. One thing is for certain; riding here will make you a better rider and probably leave you with a few scars and bruises. About halfway up Delineator, the trail begins to descend down towards Shit Happens. Make sure to ride left at the T-junction to continue your ride up Shit Happens, accessing the No Flow Zone.
TRAILHEAD | N50 09.358 W122 57.727 (ALPINE)
The unmarked trailhead for Delineator is located at the east end of Valley Drive in Alpine Meadows. Ride up the well-worn and easily spotted doubletrack heading east into the woods. After a short few pedal strokes, about 40 metres up the trail, look for the faint singletrack trail veering left – this is Delineator. Turn left onto Delineator to begin your ascent to the No Flow Zone.
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