Slippery and Demonic: Riding ‘Vertical’ Black Diamond Bike Trails

These riders advertise that they are pushing limits on the bike, and after watching this footage, we have to agree.

Slippery rock slabs, tight turns, and narrow, singletrack woodwork are what you get on the Stick Rock Trail at Kicking Horse Mountain in British Columbia. That is if you can stomach riding it.

In this video, the Loam Ranger riders take on two “nasty” trails at Kicking Horse: the double black Stick Rock and black diamond LYM.

“Nice easy landing,” one rider comments as they bank a turn on some narrow woodwork and head toward what looks like a sketchy drop. Then later, we hear, “Oh, this gets pretty vertical.”

Brace yourselves, because this POV footage is not for the faint of heart.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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