Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 20 – 45 minutes
Elevation Gain: 0 m
Elevation Loss: 161 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: March – November
Permit Required: No

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Pipeline is an armoured trail which means that while some of it is dirt, other sections where the dirt has eroded away have been filled with rocks. It has lots of small drops and short, steep technical sections that will challenge novice riders especially if it’s been raining, which it often does in Spring and Fall in Vancouver. The trail has seen a lot of work over the last few years and has some great bridgework that is really exciting to ride. While most of these bridges are nice and wide at certain points it’s best to check out everything before you try it for the first time. One bridge in particular gets fairly narrow and quite far off the ground before it drops you back on the trail. For people who aren’t comfortable riding on bridges there are often ride-arounds that allow you to keep both wheels firmly attached to the ground, and if all else fails you can walk your bike around anything on the trail.

When you hit the end of the trail you’ll be on a boardwalk on the Baden Powell Trail. If you want to go back to the bottom of the gravel road, turn left and follow the Baden Powell back to the bottom of the gravel road.

TRAILHEAD | N49 21.548 W123 02.980

The trailhead is clearly marked with a wooden post. Pipeline is located about halfway between the fifth and sixth switchbacks on the gravel road that runs off the top of Mountain Highway. It’s on your left.

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