Distance: 636 m
Time: 10 – 15 min
Elevation Gain: 13 m
Elevation Loss: 111 m
Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: February – November
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass
The noun HUESO has several meanings in Spanish, one of which is bone. As the trail builder Fred points out, he’ll let us use our imagination as to why he named the trail this. HUESO is an incredibly challenging, yet rewarding, all-mountain ride. The vision behind conceiving such a rewarding route down some extremely challenging terrain blows my mind. This is an expert trail and not for the inexperienced rider. A few ride around options do exist, although these options appear just as challenging as the main line. The trail begins with a short and steep switchbacking climb onto a large rock bluff with a narrow ridge. The descent begins down the ridge and drops you into a very steep rock slab that is followed by an extremely tight corner onto another short steep slab before hooking left and continuing on down. More slabs will follow, all of which are very technically demanding, but incredibly smooth for those that get the nerve up to ride them. Everything rolls well, but is at times very committing. Pondering a few of the line choices on this trail, I found myself preparing my mind and getting up the courage for what lay ahead. In all situations, I found that once you got the nerve to commit, the line down wasn’t that bad; except for maybe one section of “wholy F$@K.” About midway down the trail you’ll come across the longest sections of slab, about a hundred metres or so long, that will challenge even the seasoned rider. Right or left, both options are tough. The slabs are extremely grippy and the angle isn’t horrendous, it’s just that the slabs keep on going, which quickly adds unwanted speed to your descent. Many more steep and rolling slabs follow, all challenging in their own right, and all with potentially large consequences if not executed correctly. However, if you nail them, you’ll be grinning ear to ear the rest of your ride. Everything else will feel like a cake walk.
HUESO is a relatively new trail located in the Garibaldi Highlands area of Squamish. It’s right next to the insane Highway to Hell track; in-between Highway to Hell and 2-Stroke Smoke.
TRAILHEAD | N49 45.406 W123 06.805
Begin your ride at the north end of Perth Street, riding up the Mashiter trail. Ride up Mashiter for about 860 m and turn left onto the second doubletrack. You will pass the trailhead for Gouranga and a little further down find the trailhead for HUESO just next to the Highway to Hell entrance.
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