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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2003, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone know what the mountain biking trails are like at Manning Park? Also has anyone tried taking the lift up Whistler Mountain, then riding down?

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The mountain biking trails at Manning are easy. I have alot of fun riding on them with my family.

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Almost all of the Manning Park mountain bike trails are really easy. Windy Joe might make you grunt a couple of times.....but my favourite is Monument 83. It starts out nice and easy, then slowly gets a little steeper, until the last couple of KM's has me sweating pretty good. 16 KM's later, BINGO.....you are on top with great views, and you are looking right the "Monument 83" on the Canada/US border. Explore the US fire lookout tower, and don't forget to look for Pasayten Pete's grave



E. C. Manning Provincial Park
Monument 83 Trail


Rating: Moderate

Length: 16 km one way

Elevation Change: 859 m

Time: 5 hours

Start of Trail: Monument 78/83 parking lot.

After leaving the parking lot the fire access road remains level for the first 3 km. After crossing the first bridge, which spans the Similkameen River, a short side trip can be made to Boyd's Meadow by taking the left fork. Keeping to your right and shortly after crossing the Similkameen River the trail crosses the Chuwanten River. From this point one should keep to the left at all branches.



As you will immediately see the trail starts to climb as soon as you cross over the bridge. The ascent is moderately strenuous and climbs steadily over the next 12 km. At 14 km the Centennial Trail which goes to Cathedral Lakes cuts off to the left.

The last kilometre is definitely strenuous and will have you hoping the summit is reached shortly. A number of times you will believe you have reached the top only to find it is merely a plateau. However, once you are there, it is enjoyable and a nice spot for lunch on a sunny day.

The summit of Monument 83 stands above the timberline at 1980 m and is the location of an old 1920's B.C. Forest Service fire lookout station. This old lookout is open and offers shelter when the weather is poor. There is also a more recent fire lookout on the American side of the border built by the U.S. Forest Service in the 1960's. This is seldom used now as most fire spotting is through aerial surveillance.

One unusual feature of this area is the presence of a rock-covered grave. The carved wooden headstone bears the inscription: "Pasayten Pete, shot by L.E. Lael, 26.8.61". Mystery surrounds the grave: does it contain the body of a loyal horse, a drunken rum runner, or a two-faced prospector? Nobody knows for sure!

From Monument 83 the trail leaves the park, crosses the international border and enters the Pasayten Wilderness Area of the United States. One can either return the way they came or continue on and hike the Cascade Loop Trail which brings the hiker back up to Canada through the Monument 78 border crossing. From there one can choose to return via the PCT and Similkameen East Trail to the Monument 83 parking lot or return via the Castle Creek/Monument 78 trail to the original trailhead at Monument 83.









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Excellent information on Manning, you guys. Thanks alot.

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Has anyone tried taking the lift up Whistler Mountain with their mountain bike, then biking down? It's advertized as "North America's most comprehensive, lift-accessed mountain bike terrain park". There's a 2 for 1 in the Entertainment Coupon book, if anyone is interested.

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I haven't biked on it, but I have hiked up some of the biking trails during the off-season. All I can say is that those guys are nuts. There is one photo I took of a sign with a skull and crossbones with an arrow pointing down. Hanging next to it was a bike tire. Later on in the hike we came across some pretty gnarly bike jumps as well.

They seem to have quite a few bike trails, and they use the same kind of rating system that they use for the ski runs. The one I was hiking up was a black diamond, hence the skull and crossbones.

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I've been up to Whistler Mountain Bike Park and enjoy it a lot!!There are plenty of trails for people who are not into launching-for that you should be riding a big travel bike and be experienced.I have to say though,I get bored of doing just downhill and like to climb because the torture keeps you in shape!!In Manning you can also climb the lookout road across the highway from the lodge-great views from the top and plenty of marmots too!!<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>
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I have biked at Blackcomb before. It's getting to be quite popular there. Some of the trails are great, keep in mind you need a bike that can withstand it. At least a basic dual suspension. Make sure you bring biking gloves. I made the mistake of not having them one time, and my hands were raw by the day's end. The expert trails are really for experts, lots of ledges, and technical. There are lots of ramps, jumps, logs, ladders & the like too! You need a higher end bike for these, unless you want to risk doing damage to yours. You can rent one in the village for a fairly reasonable cost. The beginner trails are great too. If you are insistent on trying the expert trails, prepare to move fast, because the speed I have seen some of these guys do on the trails is incredibly fast, and make sure not to stop in the middle of the trail! Hope this helps!

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