More of a backcountry day trip than a quick pedal, the Lord of the Squirrels trail matches a multi-use ascent trail with an 8 km long flowing blue descent through some of the most gorgeous scenery around.

Here’s your introduction to the Ascent Trail and the mouth-watering Lord of the Squirrels Descent.

Sproatt Alpine Trail Loop

The full loop follows Into the Mystic to On the Rocks to the Lord of the Squirrels descent – check out the loop and trail conditions on on Trailforks.

Keep an eye on the Resort Municipality of Whistler and the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association website for updates in case of any recent changes as well.

Be Prepared for Lord of the Squirrels

The entire loop clocks in at over 18 km, with the full distance depending on where you ride from. It’s a serious climb away from civilization, so you need to be prepared with an appropriate level of fitness, a well tuned bike, spares, food, plenty of water and clothes in case of a change in the weather – you are going to be in the alpine, after all.

Respect the Trails

These trails pass through the sensitive alpine environment. Like all trails they can be damaged if ridden while soaking wet. Being at higher elevations will they will be under snow until late in the summer, and always receive more rain than the valley. Please respect the work of the trail builders and stick to lower elevation trails if conditions are dam (Trails like Lost Lake, Riverside, Kill Me Thrill Me are options for riding when it is wet). Please stick to the trails to avoid damaging the environment, take only photos and pack out what you pack in.

Respect the Builders

Trails like Lord of the Squirrels don’t just appear – there are many people and organisations involved in building these trails as part of a bigger Alpine Trail Network program. Thanks are due to everyone involved including the Resort Municipality of Whistler, people working on fundraising initiatives, people and organisations donating to the project as well as those on the ground moving the dirt and rocks around, with the RMOW, WORCA and the Alpine Club of Canada working on the original trail construction. Thanks to the Province of British Columbia for making the trail network project possible through the Resort Municipality Initiative funding program.

Riders – please consider joining or donating to WORCA to support trail development and maintenance, and remember to high five trail builders if you see them out and about – or get involved in trail days yourselves.

For help planning your next bike trip from rentals to bike friendly accommodation and guides, is a great place to start.

View of Trail from Above
PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography
Break at Alpine Lake
PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography


Alpine Mountain Biking Whistler
PHOTO Ollie Jones Photography



Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.