STANLEY PARK FIGURE 8
By team rider and Landyachtz employee Lucas Greenough
This route is the older sibling to the Stanley Park Flow route. It’s a bit longer, with some more physical and technical riding. If you’re looking to kick it up a notch from the flowy riding in the park than this is the route for you. Don’t be afraid to get out there and challenge yourself a little; you’ll be surprised with what you’re capable of!
This one starts off as any ride to Stanley Park would, along the Adanac Bike route to Gore and then along W Waterfront Rd to the Seawall. Following the route into the park, you’ll get on Pipeline Rd and make your way north towards the Lions Gate Bridge. You’ll cross the main road and hop onto the Avision Trail that leads underneath the bridge.
The toughest part of this route is the switchback climbing coming up underneath the bridge. We thought it would be a good idea to get it out of the way early, while you have lots of energy. Don’t worry! The climb is short so it doesn’t last long. You’ll first head up a wide steep section, that can be loose at times. Don’t spend all your energy here though. The trail will turn into a less steep but more technical climb that weaves its way up the hill side. Remember to keep your head up so you can see whats around the corner.
At the top is Prospect Point, from there you’ll cross the road and head down Prospect Pt Trail and cross the road onto Merilees Trail. This starts out with a fast descent and changes into some rolling hills that lead to the Siwash Rock Lookout. This is a great spot to stop and have a rest, enjoy the view. From the lookout, the route climbs back across the road and joins up with Rawlings Trail.
Following that until you reach Bridal Path, which you’ll follow and continue to follow as it turns into the Prospect Pt Trail. Before Stanley Park Dr, you’re going to take a right and cross the bridge over the Causeway to meet up with the North Creek Trail; this trail is also featured in the Stanley Park Flow route. It is included in both because it is an AMAZING trail to ride (IMHO).
From Beaver Lake you’ll climb back out to Pipeline Rd and slow roll your way back.
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