The Woodlot mountain bike trails in Maple Ridge is a great system of trails that was built specifically for mountain bikes. Due to its location, the area does not see too much traffic, so the trails remain in great riding condition most of the time. Also, there is no public road access to the individual trailheads, so access and is limited to pedaling or walking up.
From the parking area climb Dog Shit Hill, a sloppy, rocky, steep incline to connect to the climbing road. Stay right and climb the road that zigzags up the mountain. After a long, steep section, stay right and continue up instead of left. When you come out to a clearing where the trees have been harvested, stay left and continue on one last steep push to the top of Blood Donor.
Blood Donor used to start with a road gap, but the top half has been decommissioned. The trail now starts with some singletrack that leads you back into the woods and in for a ride. Build some speed and carry it through a couple of corners for some bigger gap jumps and nice burms. In the middle section there is a lot of woodwork that keeps you rolling up off of the forest floor. This section can stay wet and slippery even during the dryer weather. The trail starts to see steep and technical sections before getting back to more wood. Ending at the new road, the trail continues right into Giant Killer, a similar trail with smaller gaps and less intensity. The trail itself is loamy and smooth for the most part, but it also has a lot of woodwork and optional jumps and drops over some steeper terrain that will lead you to the next road crossing. After the road, on the same fall line, the trail becomes Hoots. One of the newer lines on the mountain, Hoots has great flow right from the start. You will twist down a tight singletrack, through overgrown forest and ferns, and into thinner forest with some technical riding and natural rock roll features that mix a little old-school riding with the new.
This run is an exhilarating ride on its own or in conjunction with other laps at the Woodlot, but it is definitely one not to miss.