Revelstoke's Keystone Standard Alpine Dreaming (Part 1)

Sep 2, 2014 at 21:39
by Lee Lau  

Keystone Standard Basin

BikeFest Revelstoke is a celebration of Revelstoke's trails and the mountain biking scene. It was held this year on the August long weekend. Not needing much excuse to visit Revy and bike its trail treasure (as we did in the previous Pinkbike writeup) we were stoked to book it out of Vancouver and head halfway across the province.

Keystone Standard Basin was our first ride. We rode here for the first time in 2002, when it was one of the worst kept, secret alpine gems in the region. Finally the trail was outed in a "Kootenay Rockies" guidebook as being located North of Revelstoke. Once you've been here, ridden the trail and soaked up the experience you can understand why the secret got out. Since then we've been back 3 times (2007, 2008 and now, 2014). The Keystone Standard trailhead is located 50km up Hwy 23, then 15km up the logging road (route description here). You get to the parking lot at 1750m and a short jaunt up a trail into the alpine. If you hit it right you'll be riding through alpine flowers; we did!

With the increased use by bikers this trail has seen some maintenance by local volunteers but still has kept its character as an out-and-back gem characterized by easily accessed alpine singletrack and stunning views. We were joined by longtime local Doug Sproul who was part of the crew that worked on the trail.

Revelstoke riding Keystone Standard alpine
Trailhead, Horseflies were fierce!

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Once in the Alpine the flowers were going off! Hard to concentrate on riding with these views. Monashees in the background.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Doug ambling along cruising to Keystone Peak.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Heck yeah the Pivot in the alpine.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Rerouted section of trail.

Revelstoke riding Keystone Standard alpine
Great rock bridge put in by a crew that Doug was a part of four years ago!

Revelstoke riding Keystone Standard alpine
Classic Keystone shot by some of Doug's rock work.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Another classic trail shot with view looking south to the Monashees.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Old school hiking switchbacks!

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Trail that seems to wind on forever even on the descent back down.

At BikeFest Revelstoke
Nice to ride by the verdant meadows.

Revelstoke riding Keystone Standard alpine
Sir Sandford in the Adamants is the big cheese of the Adamants.

Revelstoke riding Keystone Standard alpine
PB representing!

Where to Stay

Previously we've always stayed at the Wadey Campground, but with the long weekend, Singletrack 6 and baseball games going on we opted to stay at the comfort of the Best Western Plus. It was nice to enjoy the air conditioning, swimming pool and buffet breakfast each day! It seems that Best Western delivers outstanding quality at least in Revy both in Summer and Winter. That fact is recognized by others as rooms book up early in busy times of the year, so plan and plan ahead if you want to treat yourself to one of their monster, comfy beds!

Thanks to Sarah W and Ryan for the hospitality. Many thanks and applause to both Samantha and Serenity who both kept such superb composure when basically the entire Trans Canada corridor lost internet connectivity the day before the long weekend!

Front Desk, Bikes in the Truck in the parking lot! FOOD!

Stay tuned for Part 2 in a few weeks' time.
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  • + 11
 Always mystified to see people care so much about the safety of their handlebars.
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 I get it! (after at least 5 minutes liking back through the photos)
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 Great article and photos, Revelstoke is unreal! I missed Keystone when I hit Revy this summer (did Frisby, Sale, and Mcpherson) but after seeing this I know I need to go back!
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 I don't know if you guys did, but the trail keeps going past the cabin for another 8-10 km roughly. I cleared a whole lot of deadfall on that section a year ago in hopes of people using it and going further into the backcountry. The trail is not in as good shape as the first 12 km since it hasn't had any maintenance for over 10 years, but hopefully bikes will use it more and wear it in. It takes you right to the basin below Standard Peak I think it's called. Then a bit of hike a bike or simply hike to get to amazing views. It takes 7-8 hrs round trip from the trailhead for a pretty average day around RevelstokeSmile
  • + 1
 Thanks Joel - we missed it this time around. I badly want to see it given that its got incredible views of the Adamants
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 Good write up, inspiring photos. There's a POD in there somewhere for sure. @chopperwank"played out easy listening music"? - Stay down under, if you can't respect The King.
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 Any Canadians interested in coming to Utah and me showing you around and then vice versa up there in Mecca? My list for places to ride there is anything from Vancouver Island to Calgary and ideally over a 2-3 week trip.
  • + 5
 I love the word ''Alpine''!
  • + 3
 Rode it yesterday. Smile
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 Why am I here and not there?
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 I live in Revelstoke and still havent gotten to ride this trail i hate it so much here. nobody lets you ride with them so unless you have a truck of your own your not getting to any of the trailheads.
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 What the...? People pedaling on PB?!! Gorgeous country...
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 How do I become a Canadian?
  • + 8
 You must have a floppy head, otherwise you can't.
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  • + 1
 Nice write up Lee! Probably my favourite trail right there!
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