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52 Weeks of Trails - Week 47- Sidewinder to 102

In case you missed it, we've introduced our challenge to you for 2014-- 52 Weeks of Trails.  Each week we'll blog about a trail (hike, bike, snowshoe, and paddle!) and we hope you enjoy and share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and/or Instagram using #52weeksoftrails.  Happy Trails!

Sidewinder 9Sidewinder 6LENGTH & DIFFICULTY

2.5 hours |  Easy - Moderate

This week's guest blog is from Off the Edge in Sechelt - a fantastic bike shop with great service & local knowledge.  They are happy to help with all your biking needs when you visit the Sunshine Coast - whether a tune up, a rental, or a new ride!

November in Canada marks the time of year when most our country is storing their mountain bikes for the season; not so on the Sunshine Coast where November 1st greeted us under sunny skies and 12 degrees-perfect weather for my annual birthday bike ride with my friends from the city.

Our day started off with a pick up at the ferry (no need to take a car for this ride). Our plan was to ride Sidewinder to 102 as an out and back and then head to Persephone Brewing for "afters".

After loading the bikes up, we headed up the hill to Sprockids Park to start our adventure. This ride can be accessed right from the ferry too but we chose to skip the first hill and start at the Lower Flume Trailhead since I drove in from Sechelt.
Sidewinder 2Sidewinder 3Sidewinder 1This is a classic mountain bike ride on the Sunshine Coast. It is a solid climb of about 1.5 hours and a 45 minute to 1 hour descent back. The line is a local favourite as well as very popular with the BC Bike Race participants...which means thousands of people from all over the world have ridden it! Its popularity may be due to it being fast, flowy, and not too technical. There are a few bridges and exposed sections, but overall, this is a very ride-able trail for all levels. It was one of the first trails I rode when I moved to the Coast seven years ago.

Most of the signage is good. You need to look for the Highway 102 signs as you ride and of course, make sure you have the Sunshine Coast Trails App.

The resting point is the turnaround point at the B & K logging road. Homemade granola bars were a great way to get our energy back up for the super fun descent.  As we made our way down, we all noticed the amazing way the sun poked in through the trees illuminating the trail and making us all very grateful for the day. There was lots of hoots and hollers as we barely made a pedal stroke to get us to our final destination.

Our finishing time back at the truck was just under three hours which included some quick stops, pictures and of course lots of talking along the way! Persephone Brewing was next on our list and we were treated to homemade wood fired pizza and a live band! It all made the signature craft beer taste even better.
Sidewinder 4Sidewinder 5We had plenty of time to make lots of plans for our next ride as we sat in the sun before I had to drive my friends to the catch the 4:30 ferry.

Overall, a spectacular day was had by all. Thank you Sunshine Coast for providing us with trail perfection and a great place to celebrate our ride! We are so lucky to live here!

MAP & DIRECTIONS:

From Sechelt, take Hwy 101 through Gibsons towards the ferry. Go through the lights at the top of the bypass (big hill down to the ferry) on to Stewart Road. Turn left up the dirt road leading to the park entrance.

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