Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 36 m
Elevation Loss: 108 m

Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate – Hard
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No

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White Knuckles is another tough, technically challenging route located in the No Flow Zone. The trail is best ridden north to south and will challenge all those who ride it. It is littered with rocks, baby heads, large roots and tough technical ups and downs. At times you’ll be riding through what appears to be and feels very much like a rock garden, as you hop over boulders and navigating the mind field of baby heads. The great thing about this trail, and maybe even a little frustrating, is that no matter how many times you ride it there will always be a section or move that will get you; causing you to dismount your bike or dab your foot. This trail is for those who love tech, not for those looking to ride smooth and buff trails. It will do wonders for your bike handling skills and help build stamina, all while making you a more patient rider.

White Knuckles is accessed via the west side of Shit Happens and found 1 km up Shit Happens when beginning your ride from Rainbow. The trail is not marked, but easy to spot; located after the switchbacking climb up Shit Happens and just before you hit the steep technical climb up to Big Kahuna. The trail begins with a rocky climb and crosses a large pile of dead fall that has been armoured. More rocks, boulders and roots will greet you as pedal across the terrain towards the trailhead for No Girlie Man. Found two thirds of the way down; No Girlie Man is well-marked with a metal etched sign and heads straight. White Knuckles continues right from this junction, around the corner. Don’t get sucked into riding onto Girlie Man if you want to stay on White Knuckles, as it appears to be the natural way to flow. Passing the metal sign means you’re on No Girlie Man. Turn around to take the 90 degree right hand corner you just blew by and continue on White Knuckle. From there, about 20 m from the junction with No Girlie Man, you’ll come to a faint trail veering left. Make sure to keep right on the well-worn trail; at this point you should start to descend. Taking the faint trail left connects you with No Girlie Man. The remainder of White Knuckles will descend back down to meet up with Creamsicle Rainbow. Take a left onto Creamsicle to ride out to the highway below.

TRAILHEAD | N50 09.385 W122 56.745

The trailhead for White Knuckles is found 1 km up Shit Happens when riding the trail from the Rainbow subdivision. The trail is not marked, but easy to spot; located after the switchbacking climb up Shit Happens and just before you hit the steep technical climb up to Big Kahuna. Once you complete the switchback climb up Shit Happens and as you meet up with the old Shit Happens line paralleling the trail you just climbed, look for White Knuckles to veer right, up and ahead of you. Shit Happens veers left. To confirm you’re on the right trail, 20 m in, there will be a large pile of dead fall that has been armoured for riders to get across.

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