Distance: 2.1 km
Time: 25 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 86 m
Elevation Loss: 150 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: May – October
Permit Required: WORCA trail pass

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Section 102 is located northeast of the No Flow Zone and accessible via the Emerald subdivision. It is found on the east side of a pond, at the exit to Gargamel. This is a technical trail that gradually climbs from the pond for half of the route’s length before it descends down to the Sixteen Mile Creek FSR and Highway 99. The climbing is hard, making you feel like you’ve been at it for a prolonged period of time. The route is littered with boulders, rocks and roots, keeping things challenging and making the gradual ascent feel harder than it should be. There are a few Technical Trail Features (TTFs) along Section 102 and consist of; ladder bridges, skinny log rolls, and one large teeter. Otherwise the trail is mostly rough and raw, with some cool views and beautiful sections that skirt a number of clean, clear and reflective ponds. Ride Section 102 as a part of a larger route (Shit Happens> Big Kahuna> Section 102> Highway 99 south> Valley trail), in combination with Gargamel, or on its own.

Access Section 102 via the dirt road connecting to Emerald Drive and beginning just beyond the yellow gate. Ride up the road, staying right at the only fork until you come to a pond and small bridge crossing a stream. Ride across the bridge, skirting the pond on the east side. The trail quickly meets up with the exit to Gargamel; keep right to begin climbing Section 102. From here on in you’ll gradually climb, for about half of the trail length. The route is rocky and rooty with many tech moves up and onto natural features. Once onto the first large rock bluff, check the views and the large canyon below, before descending down a gnarly chute. Following this is more climbing up several steep ladder bridges which comprise of tough and technical approaches that are lined with large and exposed roots. Once you’ve finally finished climbing, you’ll be treated to some fun descending down longer sections of slab lined with illuminated green moss which surrounds the well-worn line choices. There are a couple of tricky sections, but all have ride arounds. The final optional move is across several skinnies onto a large teeter that spits you out and onto a steep right hand corner; just before you exit onto the Sixteen Mile Creek FSR (Cougar Mountain Rd.). Once on the Sixteen Mile FSR, turn right and roll down the hill to Highway 99.

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Take Hwy 99 north from town to Emerald Estates. Drive up Autumn Drive to Emerald Drive and take a right. From here access Section 102 via the dirt road connecting to Emerald Drive and beginning just beyond the yellow gate. Ride up the dirt road, staying right at the only fork until you come to a pond and small bridge crossing a stream. Ride across the bridge, skirting the pond on the east side. Ride over the skinny located over top the large tree root (Section 102 TH sign hangs on this tree). The trail quickly meets up with the exit to Gargamel; keep right to begin climbing Section 102 as straight leads up Gargamel a descending only trail.

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