Distance: Over 30 km
Time: 1 hr – 4 days
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A

Technical Rating: Int. – Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate – Hard
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No

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Fromme is the only North Shore mountain where pedaling up is mandatory. The trails on Fromme are short, but what they lack in length they more than make up for in enthusiasm. They are steep and challenging, and when they flatten out for a bit, someone has usually either built a skinny log ride, or all the dirt has eroded away leaving a technical chunderfest which delights local riders and frustrates almost everyone else. This is what people call Old School trails; which make up most of the trails on Fromme. The one exception to this is Bobsled, which is a very popular trail because it’s smooth, fast, and easy to ride. For Ladies only is a mix of New and Old School styles; Digger, a legendary trail builder, has recently rebuilt his classic trail and if you only ride one trail…

The access road to all the trails is called Mountain Highway and is a gravel road at the top of a paved road also called Mountain Highway. There is a big yellow gate between the two that is usually open during the day so that you can drive a few hundred meters up the gravel road before you get to another yellow gate which is always closed (unless you’re a member of the Van Tan club which has its club house halfway up the road). There is a trail map and some toilets at the second gate, but nothing worth driving to. In fact you can’t even park there, so driving up is great for everyone but the poor sod that has to drive the car back down to where you can legally park and then walk back up. Back in the day you could park right at top of the paved section of Mountain Highway, non-residents can no longer park in the top three blocks. Most of the parking is limited to two hours, or about one lap to the top and back. If you’re planning to spend the day on Fromme pay attention to the bylaws to avoid getting a ticket.

All of the trails shoot off the switchback gravel road (Mountain Highway Road) ending in a variety of locations. A few trails end back at the gravel road, others will drop you further west on Dempsey Road or Braemar Road and some will drop you a bit to the east onto McNair Street. McNair intersects with Mountain Highway a short distance below the yellow gate, right above where you parked your car. The ride back along Dempsey and Braemar is a bit longer and you might have to ride a couple of blocks back up to your car, depending on where you parked. Either way, these trails are best ridden last.

Parking prohibited on McNair Drive, Hosklins Road (above Coleman Street) and Coleman Street. Parking on these roads is strictly for residents, non-residents will be ticketed.

TRAILHEAD | N49 21.107 W123 02.259

Mount Fromme is located just east of the Grouse Mountain area above Lynn Creek. All trails on Mount Fromme are accessed using the Mountain Highway Road and must be pedaled. There is no shuttling; you must earn your turns.

bikepirate rating: 5 Skulls

Mount Fromme Trails