Burnaby Mountain - Nicole's
CAUTION: The trails are challenging and difficult and your use of them is at your own risk. You will find some sections of trail too difficult to ride. Please walk these sections to prevent injury to yourself. To prevent erosion, DO NOT walk off the trail or cut new sections. DO NOT alter the trails in any way.
This trail is full of switchbacks and steep sections. There are also a few log crossings. It's one of my favorite trails on Burnaby Mountain.
This is one of the most ridden trails on Burnaby Mt. and it is one of my goto trails. A lot of work has been done on the trail over the years and the work lately has been really good. This is a trail to ride over and over again to help you build your skills and confidence.
The trail starts off really nice and not too steep, just the right amount of down grade. A couple of rooty and rocky sections but nothing too difficult. The first structure is a plank bridge to ride across and down redirects you over and around a bit of trail that is not in the greatest of shape.
Next comes some downhill with a series of switchbacks. One of the switchbaxks leads into a section of trail that in the past caused me hesitation. A plank ramp down, over some stone work and right into another switchback. For whatever reason once I reach the plank ramp I tend to stop, backup, and then ride down it.
Shortly after this is the main feature of Nicloe's, Nicole' Pole. A quite large downed tree that riding down the first half should be manditory. The trail maintaners have added wide plank work to the top half of the log that ends with a couple of not too steep plank ramp off the log. For the more adventurous you can ride down the bottom half but this part of the log has only been leveled and criss crossed with cuts for traction. The exit here is either a drop off the log or a ride down the steep side of the log. No worries, there is a ride around. Take the trail on the left to bypass Nicole's Pole.
After this is a couple of more switchbacks and then down some stone work. Nect up a plank bridge on the side of the trail. More great singletrack and switchbacks, followed by more plank work. This plank work traverses a part of Nicole's that as long as I can remember, always had a drainage issue. Lots of work went into these plank bridges and am thankful to the trail maintainers for it.
Before you finish the trail there is more singletrack and a plank bridge. The trail used to end in a muddy mess but now there is a relatively new plank ramp bridge combo to end the trail with.
I've ridden this trail well over a hundred times and it just keeps getting better and better. It is the best trail on Burnaby Mt.