Mountain Biking Leap Frog Trail with Jeff & Zia
Most residents of the Fraser Valley will tell you, “Winter brought me here, but the summer is what kept me here.” In summer, there is a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities, ranging from hiking to camping to fishing to cycling. However, with the hundreds of miles of trails, and more being added every year, my personal favorite is mountain biking.
I am fortunate enough to live just down the road from where the town of Winter Park has decided to do its first big expansion in several years. This has made for some superb trail enhancements and additions. Some trails have been re-routed to reduce issues with erosion, some unofficial trails that were built/maintained by locals have been officially adopted (like one of the trails highlighted later, Leap Frog), and some completely new sections have been built. As it just so happens, all these new trails are my favorite ones to ride!
One of these trails is the previously unofficial trail called Leap Frog. For years, there was a faint trail through the grass near the top of D4. Without a sign or any markers, however, this trail was unknown to all but the most adventurous locals. Having been officially included in the trail system, it is now one of the most fun trails in the Vasquez area!
Leapfrog is sure to please both intermediate and advanced riders. There is a wide variety of rock features, which all have sneak routes if a rider does not feel comfortable with the more challenging line, with a good mix of narrow single-track through the trees and moderately technical rocky sections. Want some rocks to ramp off of? Some big rocks to pedal up and over? Some even bigger rocks to huck off of? By the time it is done, you will wish it was twice as long.
But that is alright, because you can take a quick pedal up D4 to start at the top of WTB, duck off onto Akima’s Way, and finish by heading down Sundog. Last year, they re-routed a major section of WTB, including some fun rocks, bermed turns, and a couple wooden features. This extended the WTB trail, taking the place of a section that was very rocky, rooty, and badly eroded. Akima’s way has also been overhauled by adding fun wooden features and reworking a section of trail that was often muddy and badly rutted out.
The town of Winter Park has done a great job with a lot of these trails in the last couple years, making them much more sustainable and giving them better flow, which leads to a very enjoyable riding experience. If you are looking for some great new riding in the area, and it has been a while since you explored these trails, you should hop on a bike and check it out!
Jeff is the owner of Idlewild Spirits Distillery in Winter Park. Originally from New Jersey, Jeff has always had ties to Winter Park and has lived here for over 7 years. Jeff enjoys the great outdoors especially skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.