Distance: 1.8 km
Time: 15 – 35 min
Elevation Gain: 10 m
Elevation Loss: 267 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: April – October
Permit Required: SORCA trail pass

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Somewhere Over There is an incredible descending trail with some very creative woodwork. Located in the area just east of Quest University and south of Garibaldi Park Road, this singletrack descent is packed with a whole lot of goodness. A variety of Technical Trail Features (TTFs), rock rolls, slabs, roots, steeps and flow will greet you along this route. The trail begins with an optional long and steep slab roll, followed by loamy descending down rollable root drops and intermittent rock rolls. About 1/3 of the way down the trail you’ll come across Squamish’s longest ladder bridge and log roll. This beautifully constructed bridge is a marvel to behold. The trail builder obviously spent a lot of time designing and building this structure. Not only does the bridge get you from point A to point B, but it does it in style – trust me, you’ll see. After the first ladder bridge, the rider is taken down a short rock roll onto another ladder bridge which begins with several whoopty doos, followed by snaking slats nailed down to a long log ride. This TTF finishes with two banked wooden corners; a carnival ride well worth doing. More descending follows this section, before you end up at a fork. Keep right to hit up several rock and slab options, or stay left to avoid riding both; clearly the panty line. Following the rolls is a short section of singletrack that pops out onto yet another rock bluff. An option out lies to the right; clearly marked the panty line this time. Left will take you down two steep slabs interconnected with ladder bridges. The work that has gone into this trail is mind blowing! Following the slabs, wait for it… is another rolling ladder bridge. Once across the final elevated bridge, you’ll be greeted with a short up that will spit you out onto an open singletrack near a large cut block. Here you’ll be greeted to a view of your surroundings. A few more TTFs follow, before the roller coaster of a ride concludes at the logging road below. From here it’s a short pedal along the logging roads over to Quest University – bring a map to help you navigate your way back.

To access Somewhere Over There, begin your ride from the second parking area on Garibaldi Park Rd.; located at the exit to Half Nelson. From there drop down Fool’s Gold. Fool’s Gold pops out onto Ring Creek Rip at Darwin’s Crossing. From here ride over the bridge across the creek. Climb up the doubletrack until you come to a junction with STP. Continue up the doubletrack left of STP (STP will also get you to where you need to go, but it’s a rough multi-use trail). You’ll climb the doubletrack to a sign for Powerhouse Plunge, follow this sign straight ahead. Heading right will put you onto STP.  Once at the trailhead for Powerhouse Plunge, turn right, taking Powerhouse for 30 m to the trailhead for pH. pH is a short descent providing access to Hoods in the Woods and Somewhere Over There and pops out onto a logging road. Once on the logging road head north and up the hill. Continue to climb, staying left on at the first fork, until you reach a sign for Hoods in the Woods. Follow this singletrack to the TH for Hoods in the Woods. At the TH for Hoods in the Woods, follow the trail sign for Somewhere Over There. Somewhere Over There official begins down the first rock bluff you eventually crest out onto. There are two options to drop-in; the rock slab roll to the far right or the easier singletrack trail next to it to the left.

TRAILHEAD | N49 43.804 W123 05.016

From Garibaldi Park Rd. ride Fool’s Gold down to Ring Creek Rip. From here ride over the bridge across the creek. Climb up the doubletrack until you come to a junction with STP. Continue up the doubletrack left of STP (STP will also get you to where you need to go, but it’s a rough multi-use trail). You’ll climb the doubletrack to a sign for Powerhouse Plunge, follow this sign straight ahead. Heading right will put you onto STP. Once at the trailhead for Powerhouse Plunge, turn right, taking Powerhouse for 30 m to the trailhead for pH. pH is a short descent providing access to Hoods in the Woods and Somewhere Over There and pops out onto a logging road. Once on the logging road head north and up the hill. Continue to climb, staying left at the first fork, until you reach a sign for Hoods in the Woods. Follow this singletrack to the TH for Hoods in the Woods. At the TH for Hoods in the Woods, follow the trail sign for Somewhere Over There. Somewhere Over There official begins down the first rock bluff you eventually crest out onto.

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