The high alpine at Sun Peaks Resort has been a summer playground for hikers for many years; boasting unique flora, cool mountain air, and absolutely epic views of the British Columbian interior stretching out to neighbouring ranges seen in the distance. This summer we’re excited to open this terrain to mountain bikers, with the introduction of our brand new ‘Altitude’ cross country trail! Officially open to the public on Friday, July 25, our marketing crew hit the dirt with a local guide to show you what all the fuss is about.
The trail begins with a mellow pedal down a scenic mountain road, offering stunning views and a warm up for your legs before the single track climb ahead. A huge diversity of wildflowers can be seen here.
The trail then climbs into sub-alpine forest. You’ll find some of the most technical riding of the entire trail here, with lots of roots and some challenging rock gardens.
Keep pedaling and you’ll find yourself ducking in and out of forested sections and traversing a number of open meadows, offering huge views and tons of wildflowers during alpine blossom season (usually mid-July to mid-August).
Boardwalks have been added as you approach the alpine, crossing streams and boggy areas still draining the last memories of a winter now long gone.
Riding through the last massive cluster of wildflowers approaching Tod Peak, the sun begins to intensify as surrounding trees shrink and disperse, and the seemingly supernatural expanse of this rugged wilderness opens up before your very eyes.
There she is - the very summit of our resort’s original namesake. Mt. Tod in all its glory. As we cruised along this flowy section of single track we reminisced about our favourite days touring around this peak, and what the future may hold for the resort with the opening of some of this backcountry terrain for the coming ski season.
As you approach Tod Lake you can feel its proximity but it’s not until you come around the final corner that it appears in front of you. We’ve reached our destination and on this balmy summer day it’s a welcome sight as we race down to dunk our heads before making the descent home.
After a quick break at the lake we dropped our seat posts a bit and pointed it down! The ride up was beautiful, scenic, and physically challenging… but this is what we’ve come for, the 7km descent back to the top of the chair.
We stopped for a brief rest at the junction with Whyte Bowl hiking trail, where you get a great view of the Top of the World and backside Burfield ski runs like Kookamungas. And away we go again…
Alas, we’re nearly back where we started at our favourite vantage. What a ride. But as we reach the top of the Sunburst chairlift where the adventure began hours before, reality sets in and we’re faced with the toughest decision of the day… which of the 38 Bike Park trails do we descend back to the village on?
- Sun Peaks Bike Park TeamPhotos
: Sam Egan | Riders: Jase Peterson & Aaron WeissSun Peaks Resortwww.trailforks.com