Hiker Berates Riders On Bike Specific Trail

Mountain bikers and hikers have a contentious relationship in some areas. Both groups often think they have sole ownership of the trails and this can lead to disputes.

In many places, trails are truly shared between user groups. Some places however like Vancouver’s North Shore have enough land and bike advocacy to have bike-specific and hike-specific trails. Watch as a group of riders run into a hiker with a tenuous grasp on that concept.

In this video, Jordan Boostmaster was following a friend down Meat Sweats, a classic North Shore trail. After hitting a blind drop, the riders came face to face with an angry hiker yelling that it was a hiking-only trail, even saying that it had been a hiking trail for 20 years.

Though there have been instances of bikers obstinately poaching hiking trails, this hiker is very clearly in the wrong. Meat Sweats is a purpose-built mountain bike trail complete with jumps and drops, and there was no hiking trail there before.

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The original builder’s brother even commented on the video confirming that the trail was not only bike-specific but that there had never even been a hiking trail. The woman had no leg to stand on in this interaction.

Though this video may look like a one-off of bad behavior, it has deeper implications. The North Shore has dealt with sabotage in the past which can have dangerous consequences.

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In fact, in this video, one of the builders commented the following.

Hi Jordan. I’m one of the builder/maintainers of Meat Sweats. Can you send me everything you have. Also anything that Cole has of the incident. This is going to be brought up with West Vancouver and BPP. We may be opening a police file because of this and other recent incidents.

It is not impossible that trail users angry about mountain bikers might take action that could be dangerous.

Though mountain bikers need to be respectful of other trail users, we need to expect the same from hikers, especially when on bike-specific trails.

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