Distance: 3.7 km
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 77 m
Elevation Loss: 230 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate – Hard
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No

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Ev’s Trail is named after Evelyn the builder’s girlfriend who helped flag the route. John is the trail builder behind this incredibly fun and exciting ride. The trail is best ridden when dry and recommended for the all-mountain or advanced x-country rider. Located east of the Duck Lake Trails network on Gallagher Hill, Ev’s is an advanced ride and not for the inexperienced rider. The first half of Ev’s, when beginning your descent from the top of Gallagher Hill, is littered with rock slabs, rock drops and step-ups onto steep rock faces, making for some exciting riding. There are some incredible viewpoints found along this route, which include views of Powell River, the Malaspina Strait and Freda Mountain; all are found along the first half of the trail. The second half of the trail drops into the thick canopied trees and old growth, while it switchbacks down towards the Inland Lake FSR. Rocks, roots and extremely tight corners make the second part of Ev’s just as challenging as the first half. When moving at speeds you’ll be hitting the brakes as you slide into the ninety degree corners, just barely wide enough for your bike to squeeze through. The very last bit of trail contains a couple of small kickers located off to the side of the trail for those looking to get some air before the finish. This is a fun and challenging trail, well worth riding. Once you’re done riding Ev’s consider heading back up to explore the remaining network of trails as they offer up a similar style of ride to that of Ev’s.

The trailhead for Ev’s Trail is a little challenging to find as there is no trailhead sign. There are a few options to choose from once you start riding Ev’s, confusing navigation further. The good news is that Ev’s Trail is indicated with white markers, while Gallagher is marked with orange. This will help you get around. If you happen to ride onto a section of Gallagher, not to worry as all trails eventually lead to Ev’s. John says it’s worth noting that the best route actually combines both trails; Ev’s and Gallagher.

To access Ev’s, drive northeast on Haslam Street to Inland Lake FSR; Inland Lake FSR begins just beyond the water reservoir, heading left at the fork. Drive less than a 100 m up the Inland Lake FSR and park on the right (east) side of the road in the well-defined pull-off/parking. From there pedal up the Inland Lake FSR for 1.2 km to the ATV/logging road heading west (left) and up Gallagher Hill. Take this road and climb up the gradual ascent, sticking to the ATV track until you reach the well-defined singletrack trail ahead. This is the start to Ev’s. From here continue to climb, keeping left at the first junction and right at the second. As you continue to ascend, you’ll finally pop out onto the first rock bluff from where the descent down is straight forward and easy to follow. I recommend downloading the GPS track below to help with route finding.

TRAILHEAD | N49 53.094 W124 30.621

The trailhead for Ev’s is located on top of Gallagher Hill. From town drive northeast on Haslam Street to Inland Lake FSR; Inland Lake FSR begins just beyond the water reservoir, heading left at the fork. Drive less than a 100 m up the Inland Lake FSR and park on the right (east) side of the road in the well-defined pull-off/parking. From there pedal up the Inland Lake FSR for 1.2 km to the ATV/logging road heading west (left) and up Gallagher Hill. Take this road and climb up the gradual ascent, sticking to the ATV track until you reach the well-defined singletrack trail ahead; about 2.5 km up from Inland Lake FSR. This is the start to Ev’s Trail.

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