Sproatt Alpine Multi-Use Trail (Lord of the Squirrels)
WORCA’s trail crew and broke ground in 2014 beginning the construction of an alpine trail which will descend from near the summit of Sproatt Mountain to the Flank Trail. Trail work continued in 2015 and was completed at the end of the summer 2016. The trail is open and ready to ride! View the trail map and details on Trail Forks.
2014 Membership fees @ 15% = $4,700
2014 RMOW Grant = $20,000
2014 SWAP = $5,000
2014 Map Sales = $552.50
2014 Raffle = $3,200
2014 Longhorn/Crankworx Fundraiser $500
2015 AFOW = $20,000
2015 NTC Award = $48,000
2015 RMOW Grant = $20,000
2015 bikepirate.com Donation = $593
2015 Norco Donation = $1,000
2015 Blackcomb Glass = $500
2016 AFOW = $20,000
2016 Norco Donation = $1,000
TOTAL = $145,045.50
The Alpine Trail Program was established by the RMOW in response to feedback from the community about a strong desire for more access and trail development in alpine areas around the Whistler Valley. The RMOW formed The Planning Working Group (TPWG) recognizing that while access to the alpine may come from within the RMOW, an increase of trails in the alpine would necessarily require that funds be directed to areas outside of the municipal boundary. The TPWG focused on the Rainbow Sproatt zone as the first area of interest and over the course of almost two years and developed a plan for an exciting network of non-motorized trails that will integrate with the existing trails and uses in this area. As part of the planning process, some areas within the Rainbow-Sproatt zone were designated as hiking-only trails with the main multi-use (hiking and mountain biking) area focused in a new alpine trail network around the summit of Sproatt and Gin peak.
Access to this area will come from a new machine-built ascent trail starting off the Flank trail south of Function which will be constructed by the RMOW. As partners in this project, WORCA has taken on the construction of the preferred descent trail from the alpine area near the summit of Sproatt (1650m) to the Flank trail (700m). This trail will be constructed by hand by paid WORCA trail builders and volunteers in the summer of 2014 and 2015. The trail will be designed as multi-use for hikers wanting a more direct ascent into the alpine and the preferred mountain biking descent from the proposed alpine trail network between Sproatt and Gin. The total descent will be an epic 1,000 metres of vertical and will be constructed as an intermediate “Blue” level of difficulty. We are very, very excited about this upcoming project that has resulted from a successful comprehensive planning project led by the RMOW.
WORCA member, Petr Basel completed this great video for the BC Hydro Championship Program, thank you Petr.
You can either join a scheduled trail day, see the Trail Day Calendar to pick your day.
Can’t make a scheduled date?
If you would like to volunteer on the Sproatt Alpine trail but are unable to make the Saturday scheduled trail days then please contact our builder, Dan Raymond, directly at 604-967-3933. His work days are determined by weather and if he has appropriate work for vollies he’d love the help.
Read trail work updates from the Alpine Sproatt Trail team and the Trail Maintenance team working on trails in Whistler Valley by clicking on the dates below.
|Report Type||Date of report|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||June 20-24, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||June 27-July 1, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||July 4-8, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||July 11-15, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||July 18-22, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail Volunteer Weekend Thank you||July 23-24, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||July 23-29, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Aug 1-5, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Aug 8-12, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Aug 15-19, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Aug 22-26, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail||Aug 29-Sept 2, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail||Sept 5-9, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Sept 12-16, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Sept 19-23, 2016|
|Alpine Sproatt Trail & Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Sept 25-29, 2016|
|Trail Maintenance in Whistler Valley||Oct 10-14, 2016|
The Lord of the Squirrels trail is WORCA’s new multi-use trail project on Sproatt Mountain.
It has now reached the 4.5 km mark. The current end point is at 1400m in elevation. (Top out is at 1690m)
This season we have navigated the route through very steep and difficult terrain requiring elevated rock walls, full bench cutting and 17 bridges (proximity of cedar was a major hurdle-we managed to fly some wood up with an RMOW charter). 3km were built in 2015 (1.5km in 2014).
What lies ahead:
We are entering the subalpine zone with more space between the trees more bedrock and less duff. The drainage crossings are shallower and will only require building approximately 7 bridges. 2.5 km remain to reach “camp lake” (our end point) which means we have 2/3 of the project completed.
The route includes approximately 1 km of very easy building (cutting back heather or simply removing moss from bedrock). The remaining 1.5 km is moderate building. Our plan is to camp at the worksite to maximize productivity through a shorter snow free period.
I am confident that we can complete this epic blue trail at the approved/mandated standard (whistler standard class 3) in 2016.
Nina Cairns, WORCA Trails Director
Last week was a milestone for WORCA breaking ground on our first ever authorized and sanctioned trail WORCA can build. June 7th was the first volunteer day on the Alpine Sproatt Project that took place with 23 volunteers building approximately 160 meters of trail. Great work and a big thanks to those who came out.
It is amazing that 25 years have passed, during which time WORCA has been actively involved in trail stewardship and maintenance, finally the process of legitimizing the valuable Whistler trail network has begun.
This week a big thank you goes out to Bear Back Biking for sponsoring the June 7th Alpine day with sandwiches, snacks and welcome beverages for the hard working crew.
Alpine Sproatt Trail Volunteer Weekend July 23-24, 2016
American Friends of Whistler awards WORCA $20,000
We are pleased to announce that the American Friends of Whistler (AFOW) have donated to WORCA $20,000 to be used towards the Sproatt Alpine Trail project. WORCA is responsible for the construction of the “Alpine Dream Trail”, an 8 km multi-use trail that provides the preferred decent for mountain bikers between the alpine area near the summit of Sproatt and the Flank Trail. We thank the AFOW for their support and financial contribution towards this recreational trail network development.
National Trails Coalition awards WORCA $48,000
Thanks to the efforts put forth by key WORCA member volunteers, we are happy to announce that our application to the National Trails Coalition has been approved for a contribution of $48,000. The funding administered under the National Trails Infrastructure Program, is to be used towards the completion of the Sproatt Alpine Trail project.
Resort Municipality of Whistler
Pizzeria Antico has generously offered to donate to the WORCA trail fund $0.25 for every Mission Springs Trailblazer Pilsner sleeve sold, and $1.00 for every Trailblazer Pilsner growler sold. Visit www.pizzeriaantico.ca for more information on menus and their unique food & beverage products.
Blackcomb Helicopters have kindly provided discounted transportation of materials to the trail site. This assistance is much appreciated and provides the trails team with the supplies they require to focus on trail building.
Sabre Rentals have generously donated tools and provided discounted equipment for the Trials team and volunteers making the volunteer weekends possible as well ensuring that the Trails Team can remain onsite for days at a time not have to shuttle tools back and forth to the valley.
The Whistler Mountain Bike Trail Guide
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the Whistler Mountain Bike Trail Guide are being donated by the publisher and authors to WORCA’s trail maintenance fund.
Visit http://www.bikepirate.com/product/whistler-trail-guide/ to buy it online or search out a copy in local bike stores.