The Crew: Nick, Scott, Brian, Becky, and Dave
We broke camp in Whistler before noon after a futile search for propane in Whistler and headed the short drive down the road to Squamish. At Squamish, we established our camp at Dryden Creek Resort. Though the spot does not have hook-ups, it is a large grass area surrounded by trees and bordered on one side by a massive cliff. The net effect, when the RVs are in place is to create a nice outdoor room feel. The bugs aren’t so bad here, so it is a good place to hang out. Nick thinks that the bear hunting is lacking in the area, though.
After a stop at a local pub for lunch, we headed to the LBS behind Canadian Tire (Tantalus Bikes) and got the scoop on the trails and some suggestions. The primary area that we will ride (there are multiple places to ride in Squamish) is in the Garibaldi Hills. The Garibaldi Hills area is on top of the massive cliff that borders our campsite, so we are real close to the riding. Too bad you would need climbing gear to get the short way to the trails.
Becky was taking the day off, so she offered to run a shuttle for a short ride starting around 5. We drove up through Alice Lake Provincial Park to the trailhead. There are many campsites, including some with hook-ups, at Alice Lake and it would be a convenient ride in ride out campsite. Reserve early, though, as the campground was fully booked 2 ½ months before our trip. Nick was very disappointed that there seemed to be no convenient place where dogs were allowed to go for a swim.
From Alice Lake, after a short climb, we headed down Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey (CSHM). CSHM, a classic Squamish ride, is rapidly descending trail that looked to be largely on an old skid road. Though there were a couple of build-ups, most of the challenge came from the slope and the roots and rocks. The roots were particularly intense and the trail was challenging and fun all the way down. There was a big mood change apparent amongst the day’s riders and we are looking forward to our small sampling of the trails Squamish has to offer tomorrow.