The Della Creek descent is a shuttleable 1100m (3500 ft) downhill in Lillooet.
More importantly for the freeride/ downhill crowd, Della can be shuttled on a pretty good gravel road. Major hazards are wild horses and a rock slide that presents a bit of a navigation hurdle at the 1250m elevation mark. Details inside
Here are some stats about Della
- Trail length is 7.3km (all but 320m on singletrack)
- Total vertical drop is 1164m (3818 feet)
- The trail has two distinct portions both of which can be shuttled. The top portion starts in sub-alpine at 1512m (4,960 ft.). The bottom portion starts at 1270m (4,166 ft.) and descends to 348m. (1,141 ft.)
- Our average speed on these runs was 41 kmh in the lower faster portion with 25 - 30 minutes of downhill descending. You will almost always beat the shuttle driver down.
Views in the beginning of the trail
A lot of the forest around Lillooett burned in the long hot dry BC summer of 2009. Sadly, Della was used as a firebreak and we were told by the forest service that trees had been cut around the run and the downhill trail had been plowed and destroyed. When Kevin (our Lillooet local) went up in the spring of 2010 he found that the trail was salvageable. After a few days of work with MacLeod, shovel, chainsaw and lots of digging, Della lived!Enjoy the fruits of our work. There are a bunch of crashes at the end
To read more about Della, directions, more beta about the trail and the town of Lillooet see this old writeup
Elevation profile - almost all downhill
Google Earth profile