Section 7

Porcupine Hills

Distance: 17.9 km
Elevation Gain: 443 m
Elevation Loss: 778 m
Surface: Packed dirt with rock exposures
Category: Steep Climbs and Descents
Difficulty: 5

This section heads north through the Porcupine Hills on a packed dirt road for much of the section, with some rough terrain that will test skinny tires. The road is fast and hard but can be very rugged and worn in places. You'll be constantly curving, diving, climbing through these unmaintained gravel roads in the dense forest of the Porcupines.

This is a unique area, and the trees are supported by the geology of the hills. Unglaciated, the Cretaceous conglomerate sits underneath the soil, retaining moisture. This moisture allows the thick forest to grow, but also creates slumps leaving undulating and steep terrain (+15% in places).

The final climb of the section is very steep on a road that does have some erosion and rock exposure. This last climb will be a challenge, especially with the distance already in the legs. Persevere up this climb as the amazing Lyndon Creek Road descent awaits. Note: The end of this section is not recommended for trucks or cars, recon by bike only. 

Section 7

Porcupine Hills