Distance: 1.0 km
Time: 10 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 21 m
Elevation Loss: 84 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
Highway to Hell is another great singletrack trail located in the little known Middlepoint Madeira Park area. The trail may be used as a climb up towards the access to AC/DC, but actually flows better when descended. Add it to your ride down from Rocky Mountain Luge (expert run) to extend your singletrack descent.
Highway to Hell runs across a block of clear cut which actually adds to the ride by offering up some incredible views of the surrounding coast and Gunboat Bay in the distance. On a clear day, this ride is as much scenic, as it is fun to descend down the rocky and somewhat dusty route. Some excellent bermed switchbacks will greet you near the end of the descent, just before heading off into the woods and popping out onto the power lines trail. If you’re looking to ride some singletrack, while taking in some breathtaking views, consider this trail.
TRAILHEAD | N49 37.149 W123 57.941
The access to Highway to Hell is via Menacher Road. When driving from Madeira Park, take Hwy 101 north to Menacher Road, about 3km up the Hwy. Exit on to Menacher Road and drive to the pull off parking located on your left; at the trailhead sign for Suncoaster Trail, indicating Pender Harbour. From here you will pedal up Menacher Road and at the first fork keep left heading up the trail as indicated by the painted wooden trail sign. At the 1.1 km, and the second fork, keep right and look for the trailhead on your righ-hand-side heading across the cut block about 200 m from the second fork.
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As mentioned above, Highway to Hell may be combined with several trails in the area to form a loop incorporating access roads and singletrack trails. To ride Highway to Hell as a part of a shorter loop, climb up the Menacher Road over to the north trailhead and take Highway to Hell down to the Powerlines. From there turn right onto the Powerlines and head back Menacher Road; taking a left onto Menacher and riding back down to your parking area. This loop will take anywhere from an hour to two to complete.