Distance: 1.7 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 131 m
Elevation Loss: 0 m

Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No

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Happy Trail (climb) is located in the Mackenzie Area of Pemberton. It was purposely built in the last few years to provide access to the abundance of all-mountain and downhill trails located in the area. This is a fun singletrack trail providing riders a better option to climbing up to the lower Mackenzie trails, avoiding the Mackenzie FSR altogether. Expect a gradual intermediate singletrack climb up several switchbacks taking the rider over to Waco Connector. Instead of climbing the gravel FSR to access the lower Mackenzie trails, use Happy. You can combine it with Nimby to gain access to the trails further up the mountain if you’re looking for a longer pedal.

Ride over to Happy from the gravel pit parking area along the Mackenzie Basin Loop, running parallel to the railroad tracks, or by taking Bathtub trail from the village. It’s about a 2.2 km pedal over to the trailhead from the gravel pit. There is no sign for Happy, but it’s easily spotted on the north side of the Mackenzie Basin Loop heading up into the trees, just across from the railroad tracks.

Happy Trail begins with a few long switchbacks that open up to some great views of the Pemberton Valley below. The trail switchbacks all the way up, popping in and out of the woods along the way. There is a lookout point with a bench nearing the end of the trail for those wishing to stop, rest and take in the views before continuing on up. The trail is completely rideable, with a few tight and techy switchbacks thrown in to challenge you. I guarantee this one will put a smile on your face, especially on a blue bird day.

TRAILHEAD | N50 19.742 W122 46.963

From the gravel pit located at the end of Pemberton Farm Rd. E., begin your ride by pedaling up the Mackenzie FSR. Ride for about 200 m and then take a left at the first fork. Continue to ride for 2.2 km west along the Mackenzie Basin Loop until you reach the trailhead for Happy. There is no trailhead sign for Happy Trail at the moment, but it’s easily spotted on the north side of the Mackenzie Basin Loop heading up into the trees; just across from the railroad tracks, next to the fire pit and clearing.

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