This trail is not easy! It does have plenty of extreme options, but intermediate riders will find it a good challenge. Some of the stunts are brimming on the extreme, a couple of drops and log-rides, but most of them are rideable by intermediates like myself. I've only ridden it in the summer time, but it does look like it would be slippery in the wetter months, with all the rock and root that litter the trail. A great summer ride that you should really follow up with ?Ladies Only?.
This route will separates the shuttlers from the cardio XC riders, or does it?
The map says it all; ride up seven switcbacks (going beyond the popular Upper Oilcan) to 'Seventh Secret', and then flow all the way back, catching Leopard, Kirkford, Crinkum Crankum, and the lower Fromme trails.
Take the Second Narrows or Lions Gate Bridge to Hwy 1, and exit Lynn Valley Road. Drive up to the intersection of 'Mountain Hwy', turn left, and park where you can. Ride up to the yellow gate at the top of the road, and start counting switchbacks.
Note: Parking is an issue up here. Try to ride all the way from lower malls, or at least avoid parking on McNair, as a bylaw was recently passed forbidding evil mountain bikers (and their evil gingivitis?) from parking here and offending the neighbours. On the flip side, if you enjoy Fromme, make sure you contact NSMBA.bc.ca and fill out a survey which will help show local council that these trails are very much used, by North Shore residents and visitors alike, and that properly solving the parking issue would be a service to the entire community.Few hidden ladder bridges and jumps. Do not ride in bad weather (for erosion control). This trail is not 'hardcore', it is probably one of the most enjoyable mixes of north shore riding with lots of little ledges, and a must do for intermediate riders, it connects up with lots of other trails that basically flow down Fromme, and, give you a great ride.
More Mt Fromme mountain biking trails can be found here.
Go to the top of Mountain Hwy in North Vancouver and you'll see a gravel road with a gate. If the gate is open drive through and park when you reach two green water towers. If not park on the road and continue up the gravel road. When you are riding up the gravel road note that you'll will be riding around big Switch-backs. When you're nearly at the 7th Switch-back you will see a sign that says 7th Secret.
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Posted By: ChrisO
- Thu Jul 12 00:23:37 UTC 2007
CommentLove the new video. I've seen these guys on the Fromme trails before. It's pretty amazing what they can get down.
Posted By: btokarchuk
- Wed May 24 07:50:44 UTC 2006
CommentClarification ( the tone in the latter was a bit unintentionaly harsh ): It seems the GPS data on this trail takes you through burnaby and beyond, can this be updated to just include the trail?
Posted By: btokarchuk
- Wed May 24 05:22:41 UTC 2006
UpsideNice intermediate trail that flows nicely. There are roll offs on almost all of the trail. It's a nice climb to the trail head. CommentI love this trail, i've been doing it since i started seriously mountain biking a few years ago and it's a great combo of cardio to get up and a nice fluid line on the way down.
I must point out though, that as of the posting of this review the GPS data attached is almost completely useless and a rating of "1 hour" to complete is completely unrealistic if you count the pedal up.
Posted By: ChrisO
- Wed Aug 10 23:56:48 UTC 2005
CommentThere's a new sign at the top of seventh secret, making it much easier to find. Not such a secret anymore, but this trail is too good to keep quiet. An alternate route, keeping at the same level of difficulty would be to head right at the bottom of 7th, head down the road for 150m, and drop down Pipeline. Turn right onto the Baden Powell, down to the creek, up the other side, and drop down either the Dempsy or Lower Crippler trails. Including the climb this is a 2-3hr ride
Posted By: boommman
- Wed Jan 05 08:58:17 UTC 2005
Upsidensmba has worked this trail over. it is in great shape Downsideit ends? Commentfun and fast, great flow.
Posted By: Democritus The Mal
- Mon Jun 07 23:56:57 UTC 2004
UpsideGood challanging trail after the good cardio work out to get up there. DownsideSome of the stuff was slippery due to a light rain. CommentLotssa good fun!
Posted By: freeridebryce
- Tue Jul 22 19:26:50 UTC 2003
UpsideSome cardio action, a good pedalling downhill DownsideNot very challenging technically CommentA good trail for the easy when you want a good cardio workout. its better followed by Expresso or Ladies
Posted By: dougw
- Sat Jul 19 06:47:39 UTC 2003
UpsideTrails are all in great condition. DownsideYou have to bike up to get to them. CommentThis is an awesome line