Maple Ridge Trail Run
ElevationAscent: 1,058' 323 m
Descent: -1,058' -323 m
High: 1,070' 326 m
Low: 213' 65 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A great loop in East Maple Ridge.”— Shane Hendrickson
After that it climbs pretty quickly up the mountain and takes about 3 kms before it flattens out a bit (well not really flattens,but is less of a climb). After that, you have to go on a gravel road but only for a short bit before you're back on the trails.
You then have a couple more kilometers before it gets really tough. Going up the backside of the mountain is rough but the scenery is worth it. Volunteers have cut steps in the trail where its really steep and there are a few switchbacks on the way up. Watch as you near the top as the trail runs right along the edge, and it's a steep drop off.
The trail tops out at the cell phone tower and then you're on hiking/mountain bike trails all the way down. There are lots of ups and downs to have fun on. Just watch for bikers flying down the hill. I have never had a problem yet.
Then you pop out of the woods onto a bluff where you have a beautiful view of the Fraser River (on a non foggy day). After that it's pretty much basic trails all the way back down until you hit the street again.
I have been running this for a few years, and it never gets boring and it never gets easy. There is always something new to see. Also, there are not too many people out there (especially on the backside). If you're into geocaching, there are lots of spots up there to hunt for hidden stuff.
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Land Manager: District of Maple Ridge