Flagging the New Flow Trail

Now that we are through with that nasty spell of smoky weather the smell of fall is in the air, and on Little Mountain that means TRAIL BUILDING. We successfully completed the new connector trail this spring and summer, and after our summer break in August are excited to be tackling a bigger fish this fall- Little Mountain's first Mountain Bike Flow trail. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of a flow trail the following link offers a semi-official definition from IMBA (the International Mountain Bike Association): https://www.imba.com/model-trails/flow-trails

The abridged version : "Flow Trails take mountain bikers on a terrain-induced roller coaster experience, with little pedaling and braking necessary. This style of trail typically contains features like banked turns, rolling terrain, various types of jumps, and consistent and predictable surfaces. Conspicuously absent are abrupt corners or unforeseen obstacles. As a rider carves back and forth, and up and down, he or she develops a rhythm and flows down the trail." - IMBA 

We've been keeping our boots broken in over the August break by scouting out and flagging this new trail. Early reports are in and the stoke is high! The trail traverses and descends through new zones on the north flank of Little Mountain -passing through some beautifully "parked out" areas of mature forest and sword fern on its way down to the younger stands of Alder where it will tie into to the HOP connector.

The trail building advantages in this area are high; open forest with lots of loamy dirt and some great natural terrain features. 

We've mapped out a super fun and flowy line which keeps a consistent feel to the trail from top to bottom for riders in the intermediate to advanced intermediate skill level range. 

Join us for our first work party Saturday, September 9th and help usher in the era of Flow!