Distance: 1.9 km
Time: 15 – 35 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 443 m
Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: February – November
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass
Grin and Holler is a lengthy, extremely technical descent not for everyone. There are a lot of steep natural features to negotiate and some built-up jumps and drops, with a large committing jump line located near the end of the run. A downhill bike will serve you well here. The first half of the trail is soft, loamy and steep with very little technical trail features (TTFs) to ride. Most of the features to start are natural rock rolls, steep and loose chutes, along with big root drops. Further down the trail you’ll find more TTFs sprinkled along the track, all of which are mandatory and very committing. There are no ride around options on this trail, except for when you near the end of the track and approach the massive jump line where you’ll find the sensible line out. The huge gaps, three in a row, are not for the inexperienced rider. They are well built and the landings are buttery soft. However, one small cockup leaping off of one of these mammoth gaps can end in disaster; ride at your own risk. Or take the sensible option around the stunts.
Grin and Holler ends on Ring Creek North FSR just up and around the corner from the SORCA shelter. There are plenty of trail options to choose from, once you complete your descent down Grin and Holler. Many of these options end up at the Legacy Climb parking lot. If you’re shuttling make sure to leave a vehicle down at this lot to do a proper retrieval. Otherwise you’ll end up pushing a long ways back up to your car.
A word of caution. Grin and Holler is a technically demanding trail that becomes treacherous to ride when wet. Due to the huge exposed roots and steep lines down eroded chutes, this one is best ridden only when dry.
TRAILHEAD | N49 45.377 W123 03.912
Drive or ride up Garibaldi Park Road. Drive/ride east passing all junctions until your enter a small grouping of homes. Turn left at the switchback, following the Garibaldi Park signs, and continue on for approximately 3.5 km until you arrive at a the final steep switchback in the road. Just before this is a small pull-out on the right where shuttlers often park. A loose, doubletrack trail heads north off of the switchback into the woods. Take this trail for approximately 500 m and watch for Grin and Holler’s trailhead on your left. It is well signed.
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