Distance: 1 km
Time: 10 – 20 min
Elevation Gain: 22 m
Elevation Loss: 124 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: Year round; weather dependent
Permit Required: Yes; SORCA trail pass
Rupert is an incredibly fun and challenging advanced singletrack trail located in the Garibaldi Highlands area. The trail has been built by Gary McFarlane, a talented and passionate local trail builder, who named the trail after his dog Rupert. The Newfie passed away a couple of years ago and this trail serves as a memorial to him.
Rupert was built to be ridden west to east and descends most of the way, after the short climb up from the trailhead. A mixture of slab, roots, rocks, dirt and more slab, make this an exciting ride. The great thing about this trail is the fact that Gary put in so much effort to create a few chicken lines around some of the more committing moves. This opens up the trail to intermediate riders pushing advanced looking to challenge themselves, without the risk of getting in over their heads. Yet, let us not forget that Rupert requires respect as it is still rated advanced (black) and there are plenty of technical moves along this route that will challenge most riders. One of the coolest features found on this trail is a psychedelic ladder bridge. This neat looking ladder bridge creates a cool visual effect when you carry your speed on to it, as Ryan is quick to point out. While Gary adds that it was built to allow the rider to pump the feature from side to side, while making their way across. Rupert offers up some great flow once the descending starts, but it should be noted that in wet conditions it will be very soft. Ride this trail a few times to find your flow.
Rupert is located just north of the trailhead for Entrails and begins with a short winding technical climb. Although tough, the climb is over before it begins and what follows can only be described as a roller coaster of a ride back down to the Mashiter trail where Rupert spits out. A short section of side sloping singletrack is followed by a short up onto the first of three rolling slabs – look for the chicken lines to the right of the first or second slabs. The first slab is the trickiest, with a line down the middle along the spine. The remainders follow in sequence and end with a swooshing corner onto more flowy singletrack. Shortly thereafter the psychedelic bridge appears, followed by a steep rocky slab. Carry your speed down this rocky feature to get up the short rock encroachment ahead, taking you to one of the scarier looking moves on this trail; a rock roll, the chicken line is to the left. This move requires some nerve, but flows very well down the smooth run out. A few more optional rock rolls follow, before the trail pops out onto Mashiter. Give this one a go; you won’t be disappointed if you do.
TRAILHEAD | N49 46.070 W123 06.735
Access to Rupert is found 160 m north of the Entrails trailhead. Look for Rupert to head left and up from Of Mice and Men Hill trail, when following the signs to Entrails.
Begin your ride north on Mashiter to Track from Hell. Take a left onto Tracks from Hell to climb Of Mice and Men Hill south towards Entrails. Follow the sign for Entrails and look for Rupert, a well-worn entrance, to your left. If you hit the TH for Entrails, turn around and ride 160 m to the trailhead for Rupert.
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