Trailforks Trail of the Month: Kitchen Sink

Nov 15, 2016
by Mark Holloway  
TRAILFORKS

Kitchen Sink, Pidherny Recreation Site, Prince George, British Columbia

Trail of the Month

Dropping off the massive wood structure on the kitchen sink
Photo by Graeme Paterson

Late in 2015, riders in the Prince George area of Northern BC were treated to the opening of yet another spectacular trail built by the YGDR Build Crew and Ruckus Skis Boards and Bikes, along with the continued support of The Prince George Cycling Club. The Pidherny Recreation Site is dotted with many outstanding trails thanks to the dedication of both organizations. But their latest creation The Kitchen Sink and its wooden features take the game to a whole new level. Wood features are certainly not new to Pidherny, one just needs to take a trip down Papa Woods DH or New England Clam Chowder to see all the wooden magic. But the features found on the Kitchen Sink are a different kind of magic and would rival any feature found on The North Shore.


The Kitchen sink
Photo by Trey Kish

The clichè, “everything but the kitchen sink” stands true for this trail. From start to finish the trail is almost 1.5km long with 14 wood features, ranging from simple ladder bridges at river crossings to signature features like the 16-foot tall ladder bridge that begins with an “S” shaped entrance and a roller coaster exit. If being 16 feet off of the ground on 3 feet wide planks is not your thing, don’t fear. Each major feature has a ride around or an alternate feature that will spill you back out onto the trail just in time to meet back up with your fearless riding partners.

The Kitchen Sink
Photo by Devon Budd
A roller coaster ladder bridge that crosses the trail if you use the provided ride around.
Photo by Devon Budd

The entrace to the next trail
Photo by Devon Budd

Myself on the upper line pops on the lower
Photo by Graeme Paterson
A Massive ladder bridge decending over the trial.
Photo by Devon Budd

The wood creations may be the shock and awe of this trail, but what's between these features will not disappoint. The trail was designed with speed and flow in mind, small jumps and smooth bermed corners are the norm, lay off the brakes and hold on. The true adventure starts once you hit the forest section. It’s here where you’ll witness the true craftsmanship and attention to detail the YGDR Build Crew strove for. The over 150 hand ripped boards it took to make the high-speed ramp is just one of many examples of the crew's dedication to making this trail a worthy addition to anyone’s bucket list.

Kitchen Sink
Photo by Mark Trumphour
Kitchen Sink
Photo by Mark Trumphour

The old man riding the upper portion of the kitchen sink
Photo by Graeme Paterson

The steep roller on the kitchen sink. Its an art piece made with a chainsaw.
Photo by Devon Budd

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With ride areas like Otaway, Pidherny and Tabor Mountain now featuring 10 lift-assisted downhill trails, Prince George has firmly placed itself on the map as a mountain bike destination worthy of checking out. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself making the trip to experience everything the area has to offer then be sure to stop by Ruckus Skis Boards and Bikes and thank the crew for their hard work and dedication to creating these amazing trails that are sure to leave you truly speechless. Don’t forget to load up the Trailforks App on you device and help the Prince George Cycling Club continue to fund future trail builds by hitting the Karma button, every little bit helps.

Prince George mountain biking trails

Riding the Kitchen Sink in Prince George BC
Photo by Graeme Paterson







MENTIONS: @Prince George Cycling Club / @Ruckus Skis Boards and Bikes / @Like a Lion Photography / @Tobar Mountain / @gpat21 / @Tkish / @Tirefunk / @markholloway / @brenthillier / @canadaka


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60 Comments

  • 140 1
 How are none of those awesome features in the video???
  • 25 2
 The video was made just before thise features were completed unfortunately.
  • 4 3
 was thinking the exact same thing.
  • 3 0
 I was hoping the same, hahaha. At least they have the skinny! The pictures make it look so incredible. I love that some trails are still being built with elevations.
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes: Agreed, They are the spectacle of this trail, along with the view. I got to ride it this summer. the steep short roller made me pucker so hard it hurt. LOVED it!
  • 2 0
 Exactly! I was thinking the photos made the trail look much more exciting than the video.
  • 4 0
 Clip from my instagram of the large bridge www.instagram.com/p/BG0nNIPt2Vw
  • 26 0
 I wanna run away from work and go build something RIGHT NOW!
  • 14 1
 As a cross country/all mountain guy the great news about Kitchen Sink and the other YGDR Build Crew trails is that anyone can ride them. There are always diversions if you want to get around something that is too big for you. Bluntly I think the big issue for Mark and his gang is trying to top Clam Chowder - it is just a fantastic trail....

PG is not all about big wood - there are great XC all mountain trails to. Don't drive through -check it out.

My suggestion is if you are from out of town and enjoy the YGDR trails help support them by dropping of some Caribou Genuine Draft at Rukus. The builders need their carbs!!!!!!
  • 6 0
 That is old school cool MTB! This is where MTB was 10 years ago and it kicked ass riding that type of trail. Giant props to the builders.
  • 4 0
 How do I suggest a trail of the month? Via TF's app? Anyone ever ridden Flat White at The golfies, Inners in Scotland? Whole thing hand built by two young lads with shovels. REAL fast flow! Hats off to you boys. It's no half Nelson but this is an illegal trail in Scotland not Squammish BC Smile
  • 3 0
 @leecozens Send me a PM with a link to the trail on Trailforks and I'll have a look.
  • 3 0
 It is probably all in my head, but some of those give me vertigo just from the images. I ride narrow single track with a cliff on one side all the time, but somehow being suspended in the air with a straight drop on both sides just freaks me out. But now I really want to go and ride it in person.
  • 3 0
 Charlie, Brent and Casey, I hope you old fellows are still enjoying this fine area. P.G. riding since your trail building days has really taken off. Great to see, hope to ride there again soon.
  • 2 0
 I wish we have all these mtb parks here in Brazil. We have Zoom Bike Park located in Campos de Jordao/SP. It is nice but is still not even close to the greatness of the American, Canadian and European Bike Parks. Sometimes I wonder why we do not have such infrastructure here. I believe most of the Bike Parks, also earn money on the winter season, due to the sky/snowboarding activities. We don't have that kind of weather here in Brazil, so, a resort or something like that, wouldn't earn money in the winter season.

Damn it. I gotta move to BC.
  • 2 0
 Christchurch New Zealand has a new bikepark that's going to be finished in a month or two. It's a 365 day a year bikepark only chairlift - no skiing, snowboarding etc. Only other users will be tourists/people going on the zipwires they've made. We had a whole load of people saying there wasn't demand, tickets wouldn't sell etc, but as soon as they opened presales it sold out of season passes. If you could get someone with the cash/vision involved in an area of Brazil that had the cash for it I don't see why you couldn't do the same thing.
  • 2 0
 @medievalbiking: that would be a dream man. But as you said. It is a matter of having the money to do the investment and having the patience to wait for the money to get back in their pockets. Still waiting for this day.
  • 3 0
 Awesome to see the trail, crew, and area get more recognition! PG is seriously underrated, from the great trail networks, to the community that is supportive and positive.
  • 3 0
 quitter Wink
  • 3 0
 We miss having you up here! We're lucky to have so many great trailbuilders in town.
  • 3 0
 @hgriesbauer: Absolutely! @ldhbaker is too humble to mention that he played a huge part in getting this place to where it is today. Thanks Liam!
  • 1 0
 I miss a lot of things about PG, too! Mainly the bike community and the trail quality / accessibility. So nice to see the momentum increase and trail development continue!
  • 2 1
 I can just imagine this in the UK, greasy as fuck climbs followed by sketchy wooden features that would throw you off because they are so covered in grease and mud. Oh and it'd last 3 weeks before either the FC removed it because some clown broke a leg on it or some old ex politician demolished it on the sly
  • 3 0
 Without cracking into the FC nut I'd like to respond to this. Your environment is wet but you lack Cedar. Hence your woodwork is sketchy. A good carpenter starts with the right materials.
  • 1 0
 Hot damn. Finally a trail that doesn't just throw planks on the ground and call it a ladder. My only concern is at that height the planks should be spaced apart more. I see a giant monolithic slab of slippery. Space between the planks give something for your tires to mold and grab on to.
  • 1 0
 If this is an authorized trail in a managed area how did they get approval to build these structures? They do not fit in the provincial standards.
I am not stirring here but I do want to know as we have difficulty getting approvals to build with wood on our managed trails. anyone involved with the pg area please pm me with info.
  • 1 0
 This trail will keep you on your toes the whole way. The new addition Lazy Susan is very cool as all the trails in the Pidherny network. You sweat and are putting out but don't realize it till you have stopped and notice the drips from your helmet. Pushing flow from one unit to the next.
  • 4 0
 Cool write up on an amazing trail!
  • 3 1
 Awesome trail, but that whole area needs better signage, spent an hour doing hike a bike to find some of the trails by the end was to tired to enjoy any of them.
  • 13 2
 @kgbspy Trailforks!
  • 3 1
 @markholloway: Fair enough Mark, but you still need to sign it, unless your suggesting that we ride with our app open and the phone strapped to the bars. Signage is not a foreign french film....
  • 2 0
 @naturechild15: theres a big sign for kitchen sink right off the side of the road on the left!
  • 3 1
 Clarification: Papa Woods was Thomas Schoen and crew, not YGDR. Both do amazing work though!
  • 1 0
 Looks like it got corrected, cheers.
  • 10 0
 @cerebroside: It's been re-worded. No disrespect meant to any of the builders.
  • 4 0
 @markholloway: no worries! So stoked to see this trail made "Trail Of The Month" and PG is keeping up the good work. I'll never fgorget the summer we've built Papa Woods. One of our best projects. Amazing MTB community and highly underrrated trails.... well, that's changing. Huge shoutout to the local club and the Ruckus crew... you guys are amazing!
  • 1 0
 Regardless of there being none of the sweet ladder features in the video, it really made me want to ride that trail. Looks like a sweet ride!
  • 1 0
 Stunning wood structures! people still want to ride this stuff. PG has a wicked riding scene! My bucket list is getting longer.
  • 2 0
 Ya boys! Can't wait to ride it again.
  • 2 0
 That's some serious woodwork!
  • 2 0
 You had me at Wood stunts.
  • 3 1
 Edit went wrong, where are the ladder bridges?
  • 1 0
 It's kinda weird, I hate riding woodwork, but I'm glad people are still building features.
  • 1 0
 i would love to ride this trail
  • 2 0
 Looks awesome
  • 1 0
 Awesome trail. Great work boys.
  • 2 0
 A thing of scary beauty
  • 1 0
 That is my dream trail.......love it!
  • 1 0
 I've always wondered where they find those perfectly curved logs.
  • 2 1
 Love the Cheesy porno music Wink
  • 1 0
 Wow Great work. Impressive
  • 1 0
 Anyone know of a video with the wood features?
  • 2 2
 Impressive craftmanship, though I'd personally take dirt and rock over wood any day of the week.
  • 1 0
 Whoever built this, is an artist!
  • 1 0
 Spectacular trail. Well done ladies and gentlemen.
  • 1 0
 Planning the road trip now!
  • 1 0
 Song title??
  • 1 0
 hashtag googly eyes 3
  • 1 0
 It`s super fun to ride.

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