The network of trails on the North Shore now covers 298 different tracks and around 156 miles. Not all of them are typical North Shore, with chicken-ladder-type bridges in the forest. There are also totally normal trails, which any technically nimble biker can negotiate.
More difficult are the speed features with jumps that lead dangerously close to the fir trees typical of the region. Helmets are therefore a great idea.
Typical weather on the Shore: The atmosphere in the forest is unique, and so is the light. Bit it smells putrid. The fir trees distract from that - mostly.
Bikers, once outlaws, are now of economic interest. And the hikers have survived too.
Sterling Lorence, the man we have to thank for these pictures, is from the North Shore and grew up with the scene. He has worked with all the greats, befriending them in the process.