Ancient Cedars

Whistler, British Columbia

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This trail is located north of Whistler near D'Arcy. This combination ride follows a wide fire road for 5.5 km (3.3 miles) and then takes you around a short loop beneath the dark canopy of a western re-cedar forest, finally returning you to your vehicle at kilometre 15.3 (mile 9.2). You'll begin this loop with a technical uphill push; as the landscape becomes marshy, look for the palm-sized leaves of the skunk cabbage in wet areas. The cedars are more than a metre (3.28 feet) in diametre and rule the skyline, blocking out the sunlight. Beneath their protective shade, the maple-like fronds of the devil's club create an impenetrable undergrowth. The sharp thorns of the devil's club created such a barrier to exploration that entire stretches of the Canadian Pacific Railway were rerouted to avoid some of the worst patches. Beneath the devil's club, the tiny blooms of the foam flower with its lone maple-like leaf and spike of tiny five-petaled blossoms makes a delicate addition to the immense stature of the trees here. Remember, though, this is true rain forest, with rain forest-sized mosquitoes. You may find that you don't linger as long as you might like as these aerial parasites bombard your bare legs.

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"This trail is located north of Whistler near D'Arcy. This combination ride follows a wide fire road for 5.5 km (3.3 miles) and then takes you around a short loop beneath the dark canopy of a western re-cedar forest, finally returning you to your vehicle at kilometre 15.3 (mile 9.2). You'll begin this loop with a technical uphill push; as the landscape becomes marshy, look for the palm-sized leaves of the skunk cabbage in wet areas.

The cedars are more than a metre (3.28 feet) in diametre and rule the skyline, blocking out the sunlight. Beneath their protective shade, the maple-like fronds of the devil's club create an impenetrable undergrowth. The sharp thorns of the devil's club created such a barrier to exploration that entire stretches of the Canadian Pacific Railway were rerouted to avoid some of the worst patches. Beneath the devil's club, the tiny blooms of the foam flower with its lone maple-like leaf and spike of tiny five-petaled blossoms makes a delicate addition to the immense stature of the trees here. Remember, though, this is true rain forest, with rain forest-sized mosquitoes. You may find that you don't linger as long as you might like as these aerial parasites bombard your bare legs."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Whistler
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 3,700 feet
Local Contacts: Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association, 604-938-9893
Local Maps: NTS 92 J / 2 Whistler, Whistler Area Mountain Biking & Recreation Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Ancient Cedars

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May 2018