February 24, 2016
I used to ride preston railroad in the 90s. Even in the middle of summer there were long swampy sections and forget about winter.
Recent trailwork has made amazing progress and these trails can be climbed in the winter.
The road to the top is good for grinding intervals, if you're after a specific workout, it is a single 1500' climb, but not exactly fun.
There is an uphill climbing trail being finished right now. Supposed to be terrific through old growth. Can't wait.
For now my recommended route is to go:
From parking at the highway take the right road (gated) for 1/4 mile or so. If you kept on it that road leads to the summit (take the right in a few miles, then the left)
Anyway, take a right at start of Northwest timber trail
Left turn Up Joyride
Down Silent swamp
Right turn down road for 1/4 mile to start of Preston
Left Up Preston (long zig zags)
Up tiger summit trail
Right turn to go up little bit of steep road to actual summit (picnic tables)
Down summit trail to where it intersects road (and the trail you came up on).
Down the trail you were on before for 100 yards or so then Right Turn on OTG (there's a rock berm you go over)
Down Fully Rigid
Back to parking lot via Northwest Timber Trail.
Total of 15.5 miles and 2700' of climbing, and only a 1/2 mile on gravel. Pretty nice way to spend a morning.
longer climbs in squamish and whistler valley