Distance: 4.3 km
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 305 m
Elevation Loss: 8 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: April – November
Permit Required: No
The Nimby trail is a fantastic climb located in the Mackenzie Area directly accessed at the east end of Waco Connector, just before the Mackenzie FSR. The trail was built primarily as an alternative climb to the Mackenzie FSR and provides direct access to High Indy, Hawaii and Bob Gnarly. Nimby continues on past Bob Gnarly until it reaches Let it Go, an intermediate climb that continues to the first paragliding launch site. From the launch site the trails heading back down are all rated advanced to expert and better suited to an experienced rider on an all-mountain or downhill bike. They include Stimulus, Cloudbase 9, Cop Killer, and Upper Mackenzie Cruise. Extreme rock faces, steep chutes and tight switchbacks make these trails difficult to navigate even on a bike with plenty of travel. They take some serious skill and gusto to ride. Go forewarned and if unsure, take the easy way down along the FSR until you can jump onto a trail more suited to your riding ability.
Nimby is a full on singletrack climb. Rated intermediate, the trail will push the intermediate to advanced rider with its tight switchback turns and the numerous tech sections along its route. For the most part this trail makes its way through the forest offering very little in the way of good viewpoints. It does however pop out of the trees for a short section just before crossing High Indy, at which point the trail will open up to some great views of the Pemberton Valley below. Once past the access to High Indy, the route heads back into the forest crossing several streams as it traverses and climbs. It’s a great challenge for those that like to climb and a good alternative to the FSR.
With the addition of the Back Pains trail, an intermediate downhill track built in 2013, the rider now has a second option to exit the Nimby climb. The trailhead for Back Pains is 2.5 km up Nimby and when combined with Nimby makes for a fun intermediate loop. If continuing on up Nimby to Let it Go, the only other exit is located at the trailhead for Let it Go. Take the right fork at this junction instead of riding Let it Go and pedal 200 m to the Mackenzie FSR.
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Access to Nimby is via Waco Connector and it is located on the east end of Waco, just before the Mackenzie FSR. Ride up Happy Trail to Waco Connector and across Waco to the trailhead. Or ride up Mackenzie FSR for 2 km to the Waco Connector, riding Waco west for less than 20 m to the trailhead for Nimby. The trailhead is well-marked look for the blue PVTA sign nailed to a tree above the trail.
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Nimby is a challenging intermediate climb that serves as one of the primary connecting trails located in the Mackenzie Area. One can ride the Nimby climb all the way to Let it Go, and continue on up Let it Go to the paragliding launch site. From there you can continue climbing by connecting with Middle Earth (intermediate climb) and finally descending down the popular advanced trail Gravatron. Or continue on up further, taking the Owl Connector to Jack The Ripper which will eventually spit you out on Reid Road in the Mosquito Area.
Nimby offers plenty of options for intermediate to expert riders who want to challenge themselves both technically and physically. And now with the addition of Backpains, intermediate riders can use Nimby to create a loop more suited to their ability.
It’s important to note that Pemberton is typically very hot and dry during the summer months. Therefore be prepared and bring lots of water for you and for your furry friend, if you’re taking your dog along, as there are very few creek crossings along Nimby.