Kill Me, Thrill Me (or KMTM) is a classic Whistler cross-country mountain bike trail, offering 5.5 kilometres of technical undulating singletrack with some challenging climbs and interesting descents. Parking is available at the base of the Cougar Mountain forest service road, and the trail enters the forest 200 metres to the north on the side of Highway 99. KMTM was built by Chris Markle, who is also responsible for Comfortably Numb (the 24-kilometer ride unofficially known as Uncomfortable Bum), among others. Markle’s trails are known for non-stop bumpy, technical, and steep ups and downs as if they were unapologetically designed to go up and over every possible bump in the terrain. The short and tough climbs will test your legs and your lungs, but each one has a reward waiting on the other side. Markle’s trail-building style makes full use of the natural terrain and uses wooden technical trail features when necessary to pack in as many rock slabs and downhill turns as possible.
The final section of KMTM follows an old access road down to the highway about 1 kilometer north of the Wedgemount turnoff, where there’s a gated gravel road and a large pullout. From here, 4 kilometers of pedaling back up the highway will return you to the trailhead. Or, if you enjoyed this style of technical riding and want to take it up a notch or two, there’s a newer trail called North of Town that begins from the end of KMTM and circles around to meet up with it again on its final descent. This 3 kilometer extension is impossibly technical in many places and really better-suited for trials riding, but that type of challenge is part of the appeal for some, and it does have some fun ridable lines toward the end. To access North of Town, climb up the gravel road from the end of KMTM for 600 metres and you’ll find the trail entrance behind the water tower. To further extend your ride, consider Out There or Young Lust (accessible from the Wedgemount turnoff) or Section 102 out of Emerald Estates.
If you like this ride and want to support local trail development and maintenance, check out the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association to see how you can help.