Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 25 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 90 m
Elevation Loss: 162 m

Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No

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Industrial Disease is a technical x-country/all-mountain ride located in Whistler’s westside. To access Industrial Disease climb up the steep and exhausting Flank/Sprout Trail for 2.5 km north from Function Junction. In my opinion, the grunt of a climb to access this singletrack trail is a lot of effort for very little reward. You’re better off continuing on up for another 1 km and descending down Pura Vida (more flow, more fun). From the trailhead of Industrial Disease it’s another tough, albeit short, climb which will require many to push their bikes up the trail. A good part of this trail, once on route, is very technical with lots of rooty and rocky sections making this an expert (double black) ride.

After the first bit of technical climbing/pushing, Industrial Disease continues along the rolling terrain before it connects with Baby Snakes; located right after the bridge over Sproat Creek. From there it’s recommended you take Baby Snakes down, as opposed to continuing on Industrial Disease proper, which will take you up some extremely steep hike-a-bike switchbacks to the final leg of this ride.

Industrial Disease ends at the beginning of a maze of all-mountain trails which eventually lead down to Alta Lake Road. Baby Snakes to Danimal South or Moose Knuckles are but a few options out.

TRAILHEAD | N50 05.884 W123 01.441

To access Industrial Disease, begin your ride from Function Junction. Ride north on the Flank/Sprout Trail for 2.5 km till you reach the marked trailhead for Industrial Disease. Please note that there is another trail heading up into the woods about 20 m before the actual trailhead for Industrial Disease. It does connect with Industrial Disease, but will have you scaling a steep rock chute to access it. Avoid this section of trail and look for the actual trailhead for Industrial Disease just past this false entrance. The trail is properly signed with the marker sitting on the ground next to the trail.

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