Distance: 1.4 km
Time: 10 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 30 m
Elevation Loss: 229 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Last year Expresso was added to the NSMBA’s Trail Adoption Program (TAP) and was adopted by MEC and NSMB. Since then, this classic Fromme trail has been completely transformed. While the original line is, to a certain extent still intact, the new line is a complete change. While the old sections of trail are technical roots with loads of woodwork and old-school flavour, the new sections are bermy rollers of gold. The new route lets the less-experienced rider enjoy the trail and the more experienced rider work the berms and rollers to go faster than most riders ever thought possible on Expresso’s previous incarnation. In fact the new trail would rate intermediate in technical difficulty if it weren’t for the beginning of the trail, the most challenging section on the trail, which remains unchanged and keeps up the difficulty rating. The entrance has two options; a ladder bridge, ridable in the rain, but intimidating; and a steep, rocky roll-in that will give most riders reason to reconsider. But once the first section is behind you, the trail is an enjoyable romp.
Some of the more technical moves, like a beautifully steep rock roll, remain a part of the trail, but now have well-used ride-arounds. The work is top-notch in all respects, keeping Expresso a favourite among many Fromme riders. It’s worth walking the entrance if you find it too intimidating in order to rip the flowy goodness that hides below.
TRAILHEAD | N49 21.520 W123 03.231
Ride up Mount Highway Road for about 4 km till you see the trailhead clearly marked with a large wooden sign hung in a tree and a with newer signpost to your right.
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Expresso links into Baden Powell if you’re planning to head back to the gravel road and do another lap, or you can head down one of the many trails that run from Baden Powell down to Dempsey or Braemar.