THIS WEEK'S HIDDEN GEM: GASIFIER
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advanced
Type: Downhill Trail
Description: A classic fall line downhill trail, nothing fancy here, leave your berms and jumps at home. Just get yourself to the bottom in one piece without gassing. Harder than it sounds, this trail is the venue for the annual AFD Gravity Cup downhill race where local rippers challenge pro and amateur racers from afar.
Direction: Shuttle access only. Travel South from the Bike Park on Robb Road (gravel road). Drop a shuttle vehicle at the Hardisty Creek Crossing Interpretive area. Continue and turn left onto McPherson Road until the second left. Follow the remote access road until the wellsite and find the trailhead on the NW corner. Caution: 4x4 vehicles may be required along gravel and access roads. Please use caution when embarking and crossing the haul roads!
Trail Background: Gasifier was built in 2012 by Nathan Friesen and many volunteers, including enthusiastic youth! This downhill trail was built in preparation for the 1st AFD Gravity Cup in Hinton back in 2012. This event is happening for it's 3rd year on September 13th and 14th! Check out AFDracing.ca for more info.
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