Distance: 1.4 km
Time: 10 – 30 min
Elevation Gain: 13 m
Elevation Loss: 187 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No
Mission Impossible is a fun and technical descent, built for the advanced rider and best ridden on an all-mountain bike. There are several tech sections down steep chutes made up of rock slabs and tight singletrack, making this a thrilling and exciting ride. Keeping things interesting are the boulders and rocks littering the dicey sections of trail. Mission Impossible makes for one exciting descent worth checking out.
The full Mission Impossible trail comprises of three sections; which are broken up by access roads. The first section is accessed via the Radio Tower trail and descends down to the intersection of Moosejah Connector. From this junction, take Moosejah Connector (right) and continue on down to the access road. Cross the road to meet back up with the second section of Mission Impossible. Here you will pedal across and up a rock slab, before descending down a gnarly rock bluff with several line options. Side note, heading right after the short up onto the rock slab will put you onto Crosstown Traffic, which actually crosses Mission Impossible. Heading straight ahead down the rock slab puts you on the “choose your own adventure” section down several dicey options. This is a great challenge, but not for everyone. To avoid this section altogether, take the Crosstown Traffic option. Both sections spit out onto the Mackenzie FSR, from where you will pedal up and across to the third section of Mission. A spurt up the small rock slab located at the start of the third section will lead you to the final descent. Mostly singletrack, the last section ends with a very steep and loose run out onto the lower access road; there are several optional endings here, so choose what looks best to you. Once you pop out on the Mackenzie Basin Loop (access road below), turn left (east) and pedal back to the gravel pit.
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Begin your ride from the gravel pit located on Pemberton Farm Rd. E. Pedal up the Mackenzie FSR and turn right at the fork once you pass the 2 km marker (actually 1.8km up the road). Continue on up to the next fork and turn right again onto Radio Tower. Take Radio Tower to the well-marked trailhead for Mission Impossible; heading right up a short steep climb.
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Mission Impossible is a favourite among the locals and ridden frequently as a part of several loop options. Loop it with Happy Trail>Waco Connector>Radio Tower>Mission Impossible; just one of the many options.
If you’re shuttling the area, consider shuttling to Overnight Sensation and combining it with Mission Impossible for one awesome descent back down to the gravel pit. Or go up even further to the start of Gravatron/ Gravatrout, adding on Overnight Sensation and ending with Mission Impossible for one heck of a decent. I wouldn’t recommend shuttling Mission Impossible on its own, as it’s much easier to pedal to it if you’re out for a quick spin.