Distance: 1.1 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 8 m
Elevation Loss: 153 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: Year round
Permit Required: No
Lower Griffen is a great little rip around the bottom of Mount Fromme. On the way down there’s nothing too technically challenging about this trail, and it’s rideable either direction, though there are some sections that are tricky to climb. As you ride it keep an eye out for an open section of forest that has a lovely view of Mount Seymour; it’s worth stopping to enjoy.
Lower Griffen is a fast singletrack trail with a few roots and rocks thrown in to remind you that you’re still on the Shore and that nothing comes easy riding in this area. There are also a few skinny log rides over the wet sections near the trailheads for the Griffen Switchbacks and Immonator. This is one of the best ways to get down to McNair Drive because it’s not as steep as the other trails in the area so you get more bang for your buck. Ride this one on an all-mountain, x-country or downhill bike. The choice is yours.
TRAILHEAD | N49 21.659 W123 02.074
The trailhead is well marked and located at the Upper Griffen junction, right where Upper Griffen takes a sharp right hand turn. You could ride right onto Lower Griffen without even noticing it; although the wooden trailhead sign should tip you off.
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You can turn off Lower Griffen and ride the Griffen Switchbacks if you want a technical challenge, or you can take Immonator if you really want to be tested. They’ll all take you back to McNair Drive.