Distance: 1.0 km
Time: 20 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 69 m
Elevation Loss: 163 m

Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No

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Ladies was built by Digger when only a few people rode the Shore and builders could afford to just drag a rake down the hillside, build a few bridges and ride their line. This was great for a short time, but as soon as everyone and their twin brother started ripping up the North Shore, Ladies eroded to the point where it was one of the most technically difficult trails out there. Then, three years ago Digger started to rebuild the trail. Where it used to be gnarly, techy and rough, it’s now a flowy masterpiece of trail building. There are jumps, berms, and bridges the whole way down (except the last section, there’s more on that in the notes). Most of the bridgework is wide, safe and flows beautifully around obstacles. Some people feel the trail lost something with the rebuild, but it’s hard to argue when Digger has put in hundreds of hours of work, and the result is so amazing. The trail hasn’t lost all of its old-school gnarliness, Digger didn’t remove all the tough stuff, so make sure you look before you roll into some of the steeper roll downs.

One of the highlights of the trail is the teeter-totter over the pond. This is a hard section to walk, as the teeter-totter is the only way to get across, but the pond itself is a beautiful spot. If you’re lucky you might see a heron there, looking to grab a quick meal.

TRAILHEAD | N49 21.567 W123 02.977

The Ladies trailhead is on your left hand side as you ride up Mountain Highway. There’s a nice big sign post, and an older sign a bit further into the woods (the original sign is much further down the trail). Most of the summer there’s at least a couple of people at the trailhead, this trail is that popular.

bikepirate rating: 5 Skulls

 

Trail information

The last section of Ladies is steep, gnarly and frightening. If you bring some skills and a big bike, give it a try. Otherwise go right at the intersection of Ladies and what is now called Big Stupid, but was originally called Upper Skull. Digger has been working day and night on this trail and it’s fantastic.  The last part of Ladies hasn’t seen love in a long time and is gnarly, steep and frightening.