Warning: Mountain biking has many inherent risks and dangers. There are obstacles and hazards on every trail. These trails are not patrolled and conditions may change quickly. Communicating for any reason can be difficult and help may be hours away or unavailable. The user of bikepirate agrees to use the website at their own risk and agrees to waive any and all claims against its creators, authors, contributors and bikepirate.com from any liability for any loss, damage, expense, or injury (including death) sustained by the website user as a result of cycling the trails listed on this site.

bikepirate.com is not a substitute for experience and proper judgement. The authors, publishers, editors, and contributors of this website do not recognize any liability for injury or damage caused to, or by, hikers, mountain bikers, third parties or property arising from such persons seeking reliance on this website as an assurance of their own safety. Your use of this website indicates your assumption of the risk that it may contain errors and is an acknowledgement of your own sole responsibility for your safety.

The following rating system is used throughout bikepirate.com to help you identify the trails that are right for you. All Technical Ratings are based on the area in question so that they correspond to local maps/guides and trail markers. For example, an advanced (black) trail in Kananaskis Alberta will differ from an advanced trail in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia. If you’re new to an area, consider riding beginner to intermediate options first, to get a feel for how trails are rated in that region before venturing out onto something more challenging that could potentially be stiffer than you’re use to riding. Again, use proper judgement as these ratings are meant as a guide only.

 

bikepirate Trail Rating (fun factor) 

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A must do ride that we would go and do over and over again.
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Highly recommend this ride; we enjoyed it heaps and would come back.
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Good times when in good company.
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Good trail to enjoy if you’re local, but not worth a special trip.
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You kidding me; no thank you, we will pass on this trail.

Technical Ratings

A note on how technical ratings are derived and used on bikepirate. All Technical Ratings are based on the area in question so that they correspond to local maps/guides and trail markers. For example, an advanced (black) trail in Kananaskis Alberta will differ from an advanced trail in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia. If you’re new to an area, consider riding beginner to intermediate options first, to get a feel for how trails are rated in that region before venturing out onto something more challenging that could potentially be stiffer than you’re use to riding. Again, use proper judgement as these ratings are meant as a guide only.

Beginner (Green): Trails suitable for beginner and intermediate riders with gentle terrain where confidence and conditioning can be built up.

Intermediate (Blue): Progression to steeper grades with more difficult obstacles, offering the rider a natural progression to more advanced skills.

Advanced (Black): Identifies trails that test your physical conditioning, bike handling skills and courage. If you are unfamiliar with these trails make sure you look first before rolling into a feature.

Expert (Double Black): Typically this rating is reserved for downhill trails and bodes well for circus performers and daredevils. Full armour and a high degree of skill are strongly suggested, as there is the real possibility of injury on these trails. Go forewarned.

 

Physical Ratings

Easy: If you’ve never ridden, or love to eat potato chips, drink beer and only ride once a month, this ride doesn’t require any sort of fitness level and is for you.

Moderate: You pedal your bike a few times a week and can handle a 20 km loop without losing your cookies halfway through the ride.

Hard: You are a fit rider that can handle a day out on the trail. In fact you enjoy wearing spandex, shaving your legs and pounding back Gu.

Extreme: You ride every day and consider pedaling up Mount Everest a warm up.