Distance: 1.2 km
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 83 m
Elevation Loss: 29 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Econoline is a technical x-country intermediate singletrack trail located in the Mosquito Lake Area. It serves as one of the primary arteries in the area, providing access to the plethora of trails found here. Econoline is more than just a connector; it is a fun trail that will see the rider tackle several sections of technical ups and downs along loose rocks, technical slabs and challenging switchbacks. It may be ridden in either direction, accessed from the southwest just off of Pogers Road using the doubletrack heading northwest into the woods or from the east using Old Fotsch Road.
Econoline provides direct access to the very popular classic trail Cream Puff, found near the east end of the trail. Four other trailheads can be accessed directly from Econoline, including Freak Boy, Grumpy Grouse, Rock and Roll and Econo-Dave; all of which are worthy of your time. Mostly in the trees, Econoline does offer up a few viewpoints along its route. Be sure to stop and take in the views when you get the chance. Generally this trail mixes some great flow with a few technical ups and downs for a fun filled ride. Whether you’re riding from the east or the west, you will find that the trail gradually ascends towards its highest point found roughly hallway up the trail.
TRAILHEAD | N50 19.780 W122 45.066 (SW)
There are several access points to Econoline dependent on your loop choice. The most direct access to the east trailhead is via Old Fotsch Road. Park at the Mosquito Lake parking area and from there ride east along Mosquito Lake Road to the first fork. At the fork take a right onto Old Fotsch Road and ride south along the road until you reach the turn off for Econoline; about 1.9 km from the parking lot. Be sure to keep right at the second fork on Old Fotsch, as keeping slightly left would take you to No Err and Meat Grinder. The east Econoline trailhead will head right and up a short and tight switchback just after the fork for No Err and Meat Grinder.
N50 19.780 W122 45.066 (Southwest)
N50 19.687 W122 44.513 (East)
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Econoline can easily be combined with several other trails in the area to form a fun loop. Besides using Econoline to access the downhill trails (Grumpy Grouse and Cream Puff) consider the following x-country loops.
Intermediate loop: Begin at Ivey Lake parking area and ride up Mosquito Lake Road to the start of Sphincter Rock. Incorporate the following trails to form a fun filled, yet technical route with some great viewpoints, climbs and awesome descents. This loop combines all intermediate trails; however, if you’re new to the area some of the climbs on this loop will challenge even the more experienced rider. Sphincter Rock> Scruffy’s Bypass> Rock and Roll> Econoline> Old Fotsch Road> No Err> Lake Loop> Mosquito Lake Trail> Mosquito Lake Road.
Intermediate to advanced loop: Begin at the Mosquito Lake parking area and ride west on Mosquito Lake Road to begin your ride up Lake Loop. The full loop goes as follows; Lake Loop> Old Fotsch Road> Econoline> Freak Boy> Mosquito Lake Road to the parking area.
There are many more combination options and choices to ride in the area. Begin with the suggested routes above or create your own. If you have a favourite you would like to share, please leave the description for the loop in the comments section below.