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August 24, 2009

Squamish—Credit Line to Brackentrail (Ride 16)

Filed under: BC 2009, MTB Travel — anotherheader @ 9:17 pm

Edith Lake Panorama

Edith Lake Panorama

Sunday started slowly.  First there were visits to the Tantalus and Corsa Bike shops for a nipple for Becky’s Camelback, an up-to-date map, and some trail advice.  The trail system is constantly changing here, with new trails being added every year, so up to date information of where and what to ride is always useful.

At Tantalus, in between Becky getting the nipple for free and the trail advice, we saw a collection of “Squampton” stickers for sale.  The name “Squampton” is a cross between Squamish and Compton and reflects a blue-collar town with a penchant for drive by shootings.  But I suspect that those in Squamish don’t have a good feel for what Compton is really like.  There are many other places that Squamish is similar too, but Compton really isn’t one of them.

The Urban Dictionary entry on “Squampton”:

Back at the trailers, it was time for a ride and we headed back to the Garibaldi Highlands to Credit Line.  Credit Line is one of the most popular trails in Squamish and yet, with all our visits, somehow we had never ridden it.

Quiver on one of the few granite outcrops on Credit Line

Quiver rides one of the few granite outcrops on Credit Line as Knobs looks on

To get to the Highlands, we took Ray Peter’s Trail to Alice Lake Road.  This route is not nearly as entertaining as Wonderland, but it is faster and different.  Once in the Provincial Park, we followed the service road that loops around the lakes as it climbs gently to Edith Lake and the intersection of Tracks From Hell and Mike’s Loop.  After the steeper, and much less desirable left hand option on Mike’s Loop, the top of Credit Line appeared on the left.

Credit Line, as the sign at the trailhead says, is a 3 km long trail that starts on a logging spur then continues with a steep, technical climb that reaches a ridge.  Once on the ridge, the trail descends into the Hop Ranch Creek Valley.  The initial portion of the descent is steeper and more technical with some significant root and rock drops.  Nothing is life threatening on this trail, at least on the North Shore scale.  The trail is signed as a single black diamond advanced.  Towards the bottom, the trail winds through the dense ferny forest with speed and flow.  Overall the trail seemed fast and sketchy but the rear skewer on my bike was loose so there could be some artificially induced sketchiness stilting my perspective of the trail.  No matter what, Credit Line is trail entertainment worth seeking out.  We will definitely be interested in extending our Line of Credit in the future.

Knobs takes the alternative steep line on an early section of Credit Line

Knobs takes the alternative steep line on an early section of Credit Line

Along the way signs and barriers for the Gearjammer Race* were still up.  This race used many of the trails we traveled during our visit.  I’m not much into racing, but this ride looks like fun.

At the bottom of Credit Line, we connected to Jack’s Trail and Brackentrail until we reached the neighborhood.  A short pedal and we were back at the camp sipping beer.  You can’t beat the ride-in-ride-out loops.



*  The Gearjammer:


  1. that second shot looks so gnarly!

    Comment by Greg — September 6, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  2. Hi there
    My name is Ryan I am a student building a website (as a hobby) for bushcraft enthusiasts in New Zealand. I absolutely love your lake edith photo, and was thinking of modifying it and using it as a header for my website.
    Would you mind?

    Comment by Ryan — June 9, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    • Sure, go ahead. Glad you liked the picture.

      Comment by anotherheader — June 9, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

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