Distance: 1.3 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 3 m
Elevation Loss: 446 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – October
Permit Required: No
Gravatrout is the lesser of the two evils; an easier line down from the cell tower located in the Mackenzie Area. The trail is still an extremely tough route to ride for even the most advanced to expert riders. An all-mountain bike will do, but a downhill rig will serve you well and is highly recommended. Pads and armour are a must. The trail officially begins about 480 m down Gravatron and is well-marked. It heads right of the Gravatron trailhead, crossing Gravatron not too far from the trailhead. Eventually Gravatrout spits out onto the final section of Gravatron, which you will follow out onto an old access road. Riding Gravatrout bypasses several of the extremely long, steep and loose skid tracks found on Gravatron. However, this trail is not much easier than Gravatron and still requires skill and experience to navigate. There are several technical sections down steep and jagged rocks, along with tight chutes into loose hairpin corners. The consequences are high along a few sections of this trail. Ride with care and don’t push your limit unless you’re a competent rider. Bring a cell phone on this run just in case, I found the cell reception to be pretty good on this run.
Access to Gravatrout is via Gravatron and the run may be shuttled, although a good 4×4 vehicle with large clearance is recommended. Some riders prefer to ride up to Gravatrout using Middle Earth (climb), the choice is yours. You can ride to it from town, but it will take you anywhere from 3 – 5 hours depending on your fitness and is a heck of a climb combining Happy>Nimby>Let it Go>Middle Earth. Gravatron/Gravatrout spit out onto an old logging road, which is closed to vehicles. From there turn left to continue descending down Rusty Trombone or right to access Overnight Sensation. For those that love steep and technical descents with plenty of tight and loose sections of trail, this one is for you.
TRAILHEAD | N50 21.097 W122 46.552
Access to Gravatrout is via Gravatron. From the gravel pit located on Pemberton Farm Road E., drive north on the Mackenzie FSR. At the very first fork stay right, second fork head left, third fork left, fourth fork near the lower launch site stay right and finally keep right (straight ahead) on the last fork making your way to the cell tower. Park and look for a faint trail leading into the trees to the south of the cell tower. This is Gravatron. Begin here and ride Gravatron until you get to the well-marked trailhead for Gravatrout.
N50 21.313 W122 46.674 (Gravatron)
N50 21.097 W122 46.552 (Gravatrout)
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