Distance: 1.4 km
Time: 10 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 291 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No
Hawaii is a classic Pemberton downhill descent located in the Mackeznie Area, which no longer resembles the original trail this once was. Celebrated for its Technical Trail Features (TTFs), Hawaii once resembled the type of old school riding synonymous with the North Shore. TTFs including dead drops, log rides and ladder bridges lined Hawaii from the trailhead to the ending below. A few of the old log rides that made this trail popular among the freeride and downhill crowd still remain. However, the majority are no longer rideable and should not be attempted without proper examination. The first leg of Hawaii remains a little rough and in need of some love, while the remaining two sections down from Waco Connector have seen some recent work in 2013. They have been cleared of large deadfall and obstructing features now rotting away have been pushed off to the sides, making these two sections much more enjoyable to ride.
The most notable and challenging section on Hawaii is the ending. A long and technical rock ride will spit the rider out onto the flat gravel road below. Be sure to check your speed and use caution when descending this last bit. It’s sustained and doesn’t offer up an easy exit, so watch your speed and walk your line before dropping in.
Hawaii consists of a large number of techy slab rolls that can become very difficult to maneuver once the trail really starts to dry up in the summer or when wet in the early spring. The loose dirt and dry dust make riding this trail just as challenging as when the slab is wet and slimy during the spring thaw. There are a few decaying TTFs still kicking around, but only one being suitable for riding. It’s found on the second section of Hawaii, about half-way down the trail. The others are rotten and falling apart. Although there are no major TTFs left to play on, the technical slabs, with their tight and very technical run outs will make this trail extremely challenging to ride for the advanced to expert rider. A downhill bike on this trail is preferred. However, for skilled riders an all-mountain will do. The trail is accessed via the Mackenzie FSR road, just over 3 km up from the gravel pit parking area. Or via the Nimby climb, which cuts directly across the top section of Hawaii.
TRAILHEAD | N50 20.175 W122 46.524
Hawaii is accessed via the Mackenzie FSR road, heading up from the Gravel Pit parking area. Drive or pedal up 3 km from the gravel pit parking area and look for the faint trailhead to your left.
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