Distance: 1.7 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 8 m
Elevation Loss: 182 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – October
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass
Hoods In The Woods is a fun and flowy descending trail running east to west and ending on a logging road just a short pedal from the Carpenter’s Son Bridge. Located in the area referred to as Lava Flow, just east of Quest University and south of Garibaldi Park Road, this singletrack descent is not to be missed. The trail is rated advanced and combines rooty technical climbing with hillside descending. The majority of the route is descended and includes long, fun, fast and flowy sections of technical singletrack into tight switchbacking corners. There are a few fun optional wooden ramps to air and a few good roots to drop. The trail will keep you on your toes the whole way down, all while causing you to boast a permagrin from all the fun you’ll be having.
Hoods In The Woods begins at the junction with Somewhere Over There (another awesome trail) and Bonsai (multi-use motorized trail). A short climb takes you up a rooted out section of singletrack, before the real fun begins. The rest of Hoods In The Woods consists of several long sections of side hill descending, made up of rocks, slabs and roots. There are a few Technical Trail Features (TTFs) to air off of at various points along this trail, including natural airs off of rocks and large roots. All the TTFs are optional, except for the last ladder bridge that may be rolled out onto the logging road below. Make sure to bring a map of the area, as getting back to Quest University may be a challenge due to all the logging that has taken place here. Once you pop out onto the road below from Hoods In The Woods, be sure to turn left onto Powerlines Road. This is followed by a right onto a no name branch of the logging road, found 900 m south on Powerlines Road. Taking the right will take you back over to the Carpenter’s Son Bridge, 1.2 km away.
Please note that it was once possible to take Blaine’s Connector/Poop Alley to get back over to Carpenter’s Son Bridge, but the trail has been logged (2014) making route finding nearly impossible. It is best to stick to the logging roads as described above to make your way out from the area.
TRAILHEAD | N49 43.995 W123 04.732
From Garibaldi Park Rd. ride Fool’s Gold down to Ring Creek Rip. From here ride over the bridge across the creek along Ring Creek Rip. Climb up the doubletrack trail until you come to a junction with STP. Continue up the doubletrack left of STP (STP will also get you to where you need to go, but it’s a rough multi-use trail). You’ll climb the doubletrack to a sign for Powerhouse Plunge, follow this sign straight ahead. Heading right will put you onto STP. Once at the trailhead for Powerhouse Plunge, turn right, taking Powerhouse for 30 m to the trailhead for pH. pH is a short descent providing access to Hoods in the Woods and Somewhere Over There and pops out onto a logging road. Once on the logging road head north and up the hill. Continue to climb, staying left at the first fork, until you reach a sign for Hoods in the Woods. Follow this singletrack to the TH for Hoods in the Woods.
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