Distance: 1.8 km
Time: 15 – 35 min
Elevation Gain: 7 m
Elevation Loss: 203 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: February – November
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass

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There was a time when talking Squamish riding with just about anyone meant that a part of the conversation entailed the Powerhouse Plunge. It was once the most technically demanding part of the Test Of Metal race course and it sparked steep controversy when its existence was threatened by logging in the area.

The Plunge can be accessed from Garibaldi Park Road by taking a right at a spur road approximately 2.25 km up from Quest University. Follow this road down to Darwin’s Crossing. Cross the bridge and climb steeply to the SORCA shelter. Stay right at the junction with the bottom of Ring Creek Rip. Ride doubletrack for approximately 1.3 km. There are logs across the original start of the Plunge singletrack encouraging you to stay right at the well-marked trailhead. Do so, and get ready for some technical singletrack riding. There are lots of roots and rocks to negotiate and a load of low lying bridges to roll over. The Plunge crosses a logging road at one point. This road leads to Hoods In The Woods and Somewhere Over There to the north. Cross the road to continue on the Plunge. This section is most notable for its series of fast, tight switchbacks. There are plenty of them to navigate all the way down the trail.

Near the end of the trail there is a short access road. Stay left to finish the Plunge proper. The Plunge ends at a SORCA map sign on the Powerlines Road next to the powerhouse. Turn right to ride up towards Quest University or left to access the Valleycliffe/Crumpit Woods area of trails.

TRAILHEAD | N49 43.557 W123 04.469

Powerhouse Plunge can be accessed from Garibaldi Park Road by taking a right at a spur road approximately 2.25 km up from Quest University. Follow this road down to Darwin’s Crossing. Cross the bridge and climb steeply to the SORCA shelter. Stay right at the junction with the bottom of Ring Creek Rip. Ride doubletrack for approximately 1.3 km. There are logs across the original start of the Plunge singletrack encouraging you to stay right at the well-marked trailhead. 20 m in on the trail, you’ll come to the trailhead for pH which takes you to Hood in the Woods and Somewhere Over There. Stay left to continue descending the Plunge.

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