New XC Trail Opening at SilverStar

Apr 11, 2017
by SilverStarBikePark  
Beowolf


The grand opening of Beowulf is finally here. The Beowulf Cross Country loop is an epic in every sense. It has been over 4 years in the making and in 2017 the 35+ Km loop that starts and finishes at SilverStar’s village will be complete.

The name “Beowulf” comes from an epic poem, which may be the oldest existing long poem in Old English. Borrowing its name from an epic poem is a true fit for this trail, capturing the undertaking of building it from beginning to end. In the poem, Beowulf is a Viking who must come to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, and undertake two enduring battles. First, he defeats Grendel and then Grendel’s Mother who attacks in revenge. Later on, he indulges in his third and last battle with The Dragon who he defeats but is fatally wounded.

Beowolf

Beowolf

These three battles parallel the creation of SilverStar’s Beowulf. The first battle involved the initial design and scope of exploring every inch of the terrain, followed by over three years of building the trail, and now the third battle is for the riders. “We have created The Dragon, it’s your turn to take it on and defeat it,” says trail builder Jason Martin.

The 35 + km loop takes riders along ridgelines, through cedar rainforests and grassy meadows as it winds its way from the SilverStar village to the bottom of Putnam Creek and back again, covering all of the incredible terrain SilverStar has to offer. This is a must-do ride for the discerning mountain biker. “At its inception we planned for this trail to be a destination trail that would draw riders from around the world,” says Cam Sorensen, SilverStar’s Bike Park Manager. Beowulf will catapult SilverStar from being an IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) Silver Level Ride Centre to a Gold Level Centre.

Beowolf

“Five years ago we saw the changes in bike technology and anticipated that Enduro biking would see a surge in popularity” says Sorensen. It was at that time that SilverStar embarked on building a 100 kilometre plus cross-country network culminating with the building of the Beowulf trail.


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24 Comments

  • 4 0
 Woohoo! I rode a section of this trail in 2015 before it was finished. Can't wait to head back and check it out! Thank you SilverStar!
  • 3 1
 Would love to ride it. The only downside I see is that it's not a loop.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: You can full loop it. Take Cross-Mountain Trail (asphalt path) out from village. Silver Shack up to the top of the mountain. Beowulf out, down, around and back up. Beowulf links back up with Silver Shack right near the beginning of it. Then pedal Cross-Mountain back to parking area.
That's the full pull loop.
  • 2 0
 @shredb4dead: excellent, thanks. Will put it on the list.
  • 5 0
 Wow! Silverstar for the win.
  • 1 0
 I've ridden out and back on both ends. They are blue runs with very little tech. Might even be green but probably marked blue because of the distance out. As far as the section marked black on the map. My understanding from talking to the builder is first two thirds are downhill flow. I wouldn't expect much tech judging by what I have ridden so far. The last third will be a long steady climb back up to the village. Again I wouldn't expect much tech riding. I'm guessing it's labelled black just because of the distance you get away from the village. Make sure you have enough water and bear spray or banger. As far as the comment above about doing a park lap at the end of the day. I'm guessing you might want to do that park lap at the beginning of the day instead of at the end. Beowulf will be a long climb out of Puttnum Creek. I'm looking forward to the completed loop.
  • 1 0
 Ha, no way...definitely do your park loop after the Xc ride.....cause, them bermy fun flow trails at silver star are wayyyyy to addicting to quit after just one lap...before you know it, it's three days later and your face is frozen in pernagrin
  • 2 1
 I eagerly await riding the completed loop this summer. The top and bottom sections that were open last summer were really fun to ride. The climb back from Putnam seems like it might be pretty daunting though.
  • 3 0
 I wonder if it'll be open to the public, or if a park pass is required at all...
  • 1 0
 Yep it's open to the public. Although you will require a x-c bike pass.
  • 16 1
 Hi Danny611,
You will need to purchase a trail pass in order to ride this trail just like any of our other XC or DH trails. Our XC trail pass is only going to be $9/day or $69 for an XC season pass. With the time, money, and energy that it has taken to build this trail we feel that $9 is a steal of a deal.
  • 4 0
 @SilverStarBikePark: Are you going to offer a single ride lift pass this season? Would be nice to finish off Beowolf to the bottom and then get one park lap to finish the day.
  • 2 0
 @bikesandbarley: There is the enduro seasons pass and we're still finalizing day passes and if a single ride day pass will be on the books. Thanks for the inquiry, stay tuned!
  • 1 0
 Do you have to be a diehard downhiller to ride this course? Can it be done on a regular everyday mountain bike?
I just don't want to ride a course that is over my skill level.
Kevin
  • 1 0
 If you're fine with distance it will be pretty friendly for all IMO. XC high seat/plum smuggling shorts will be running wild. As well as baggy shot dudes on 140mm travel bikes. Have lid, goggles/ON.
Just understand once your way out in the Puttum Creek area you need to pedal back up to the village.
  • 1 0
 Very cool! I'll come and ride it for sure.... so nice to see a variety of trails. Congrats to @SilverStarBikePark from the Cariboo.
  • 1 0
 Incredibly excited to see this opening up and adding to Silver Star's already world-class network. Looking forward to spending some time up there this summer!
  • 2 1
 $9 bucks to peddle
Then $8 for coffee, muffin$12. Traveling all that way to get yeld at by bike patrol, fn priceless
  • 2 0
 Nice.
  • 2 0
 Nice work!
  • 1 0
 When do you think it will melt out?
  • 1 0
 This year the winter doesn't seem to want to end, but we are hoping it will be ready for tires by mid July and have the grand opening and ribbon cutting July 29. On average if should be ready for early July most seasons.
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