Situated on a coastal inlet, Squamish’s weather is usually cool and wet. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. This year and last, our stay in Squamish has coincided with a hot, dry spell. It takes a lot to detract from Squamish’s primo trail experience, but humid days with 90+ temperatures and dry dusty trails are a start. Fortunately the heat always passes and the rain returns.
Scott and Val arrived in the early afternoon before the temperature peaked at 97. Scott was up for a ride. In the cooler evening air, we shuttled up a route that we would normally ride and did a quick drop on Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey (CSHM), an older classic trail in the Garibaldi Highlands.
With the desiccated conditions, CSHM’s slot drops were tricky hard. Further down the recently installed banked turns were big improvements, particularly under the loose circumstances. Though Crouching Squirrel Hidden Monkey may not have been in its tacky prime, any trail with an extended granite outcrop has to be good. CSHM has a big granite slab drop near the bottom.
Hidden Monkey terminates on Brakentrail. A short, oft-repeated pedal took us back to the now cool Dryden Creek Resort. If we lived in Squamish, our route would have been a typical after work ride. Wouldn’t that be sweet?