Distance: 1.8 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 24 m
Elevation Loss: 266 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No

GPS (GPX): click here
Google Earth: click here
WORCA: click here

Kashmir is a very demanding, relentless type of technical trail. The route, mostly descending, with a few short quick ups, is very steep in spots and naturally technical throughout. It literally does not let up the entire time and can be as much mentally exhausting as it is physically demanding. The climb up to the trailhead is no picnic and will tire you, as Kashmir is really difficult to get to along the extremely steep, sustained, access road climb. The trailhead is a bit tricky to find. Watch carefully on the downhill side of the access road for some rocks that are set just so that you can ride them down onto the start of the trail – found to your right as the sustained steep access road climb levels out nearing the third switchback.

The route down Kashmir is lined with several natural steep and technical sections over roots and rocks. It’s game on once you drop in and if the descent doesn’t wear you out down the steep, tight and sharp corners, than the short climbs intermittent along this track will. It’s a very exciting and interesting ride to tackle, one that will have you giggling with joy if you manage to clean the route down or can also have you cursing if you get caught up on some of the more rutted out chutes near rotten logs that grab at your feet. As with any trail, the more your ride it the better it gets. I only wish it was a little easier to get to, but that’s what keeps this trail uncrowded and natural. Enjoy!

TRAILHEAD | N50 04.218 W122 59.139

Begin your ride from the end of Kadenwood Drive. Ride past the roundabout and head for the dirt road ahead. Climb up the access road, riding past the fence and then yellow gate. Make sure to keep straight past the yellow gate, up the well used access. Right is a dead end and left heads towards the ski runs. From here on in, you have two very long switchbacks to climb. They will seem like they go on forever, that’s because they do. You will climb for 4 km to the trailhead for Kashmir, passing Kush and lower entrance to Ride Don’t Slide on the way up. The trailhead is not marked, but found just before the third switchback, where the road levels out and a set of rocks has been placed just so for you to roll down onto the trail. Look for these at the 4 km mark to your right.

bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls