Distance: 1.3 km
Time: 15 – 25 min
Elevation Gain: 21 m
Elevation Loss: 347 m

Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – October
Permit Required: No

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If you’ve got a big bike and good skills Shoreplay (Cypress Mountain) is a great trail to ride. It has bridges, technical rocky and rooty sections and a rock roll so big you can see it on Google Earth. The trail starts off pretty mellow from the Cypress Bowl Road and the first wooden bridge even has an easy ride-around, but the difficulty level ramps up pretty quick from there with some steep, technical sections that can be deadly when they’re wet. In fact if it’s been dry for a long time the dust will gather on the rocks and pool in the ruts and it can be almost as slippery as when it is wet. This trail is bisected by Fern Trail, soon after you’ll find yourself on top of an enormous rock. The challenging line is to the left and there’s a ride-around to your right. The big line isn’t that steep at the top, but take a good look because the last part is frightening and completely committing. It runs out into a right hand berm and onto a log ride followed by a four foot drop. While you can walk around most of the challenging sections, if you’re not skilled this trail will leave you footing it most of the way down; and in some places the walk will be dangerous.

TRAILHEAD | N49 21.488 W123 12.515

The trailhead is unmarked and on the south side of the Cypress Bowl Road. It is located across the road from the eastern edge of the boulder field, found below the viewpoint.

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