Seven Reasons to Pedal Your Bike – Seven Summits Trail, Rossland, BC

Aug 1, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
While I have always tried to maintain a healthy balance between shuttling my downhill rig and pedaling my way to the top, I usually reach for the keys when presented with an option of day-long ripping. However, since we moved to Rossland, BC, things have changed considerably.

In addition to the seemingly endless single track from our front door, there is one epic gem of a cross-country ride that should be a must for any rider, and that’s Rossland’s Seven Summits Trail – hallmarked as one of IMBA’s Epic Rides in North America.For those of us suckered by the shuttle, you’ll still feel at home as you’ll need to drop a vehicle and drive to the top of this one-way pedal paradise. Of course, there are other options if you like the idea of road riding your mountain bike for another 20+ kms to link the ride in to a mind and body-bending loop or, even more daunting, an out-and-back epic of epics.

Despite the shuttle, however, this isn’t to say you won’t have to pedal – oh, pedal you will with 3,000 feet of gain – but once you gain the sub-alpine ridge you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular, diverse and exciting single track anywhere. The most common and probably most enjoyable way to ride this trail is North to South, finishing on the intermediate downhill Dewdney Trail (built as a packhorse trail connecting the West Kootenays to the Boundary Region in 1865).

There’s a new alternate start we learned about the day after our ride – at Nancy Green Summit, look behind the parking sign to access this new trailhead.

While I could wax poetic, I’m not going to detail every stanza of this piece of pedal poetry – I’ll let these images of our most recent ride do the speaking…Happy trails!

(Special thanks to Nicola Kuhn for gracing the stunning scenery with skill and style)

-Ryan Kuhn

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 My pops would blaze this on his 1981 specialized stumpjumper. When he started ripping there was only rigid frames. Hahah the perfect bike, I say the bike helps, but... It is truly the rider that performs.
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 This looks awesome... But You need the perfect bike for it or you ll die. Lol
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 The shots and stories that I hear about this ride are all amazing. Good work Ryan and Nicola!
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 Great report and pics! We did the same ride a couple of weeks ago. Good Times.
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 hey good to see you out nicola. nice black and whites ride on -conrad
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 Well looks like I will have to get out to Rossland and ride this trail sometime. Looks like fun!
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 I've been wanting to hit this trail for some time now, so thanks for the inspiration. I'll be there this year forsure!!
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 I was there just 2 weeks ago! Amazing trail, but very hard. It's a long way up, but then you deserve the downhill section Smile

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