We set out from Surrey at 11am stopped for lunch at the Hope River RV Park, which doesn't sound like the most appealing experience but the sandwiches here are absolutely amazing.
|Best damn sandwiches ever!|
|Stunning views up the fraser canyon|
For our first ride of the weekend we decided to push out a little further to Desous Mountain. This trail network was a little tricky to find and we were thankful for the maps we picked up at the bike shop or else we would have never found it.
We only had the one vehicle so we had to hike up the hill, which given how slack the road was, this wasn't too much of a hardship. The big drawback was Desous has a front side and a back side, with the more epic trails being on the back side, but this involves nearly an hour long shuttle to return to the vehicles. This meant we could only do the Desous DH trail on the front side, which we found to be a bit of a misnomer. The first half of this trail was absolutely amazing with beautiful open forests, steep chutes and cool booters all over the place. This sadly tapers off into more of an xc all mountain experience, this isn't the worst thing in the world but when you are riding a Demo 8, it's a bit of a pain.
Later on in the weekend we talked to some people about Desous and it turns out it's the trail network that has been forgotten over the past couple years, because the other trails are much closer to town and easier to access. I was also informed that of the 3 trails down the back side "Sooo Long" was the only one in reasonable shape anymore.
|View from the top of Desous|
|Sweet single track on Desous|
|The first half of the trail had tons of cool booters|
Snakes and Ladders is really flat for the first half but, it is in a beautiful wide open forest with a ton of incredibly well built, and interesting elevated wood structures. There is also a suspension bridge, 2 massive wall rides, a hand full of whistler style wooden drops with ladder case pads. After all this the trail starts descending in a big way, with cool hips into corners, little step down doubles, a massive triple and tons of wicked berms.
|Super high quality wooden structures on snakes|
|Into the great wide open|
|Suspension bridge on Snakes|
|Massive wall rides|
As for the riding, I did really enjoy all of the trails I rode but I feel a lot of the documentation kind of misrepresents the type of riding going on in the area. I would have been much better served with a 6" travel all mountain bike, than my Demo 8, as the hills are really slack and almost every trail has a fairly significant pedaling component.
If you are interested check out www.ridethecariboo.com, the scenery and quality of trails here is second to none. Making this a worthwhile trip for mountain bikers of any discipline and skill level.
Huge thanks to Tim and his son Mason, for showing us around!!