Trail Update: Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Aug 25, 2015 at 19:05
by Aaron Cooperman  

Deep in the Monashee Mountains, south of Revelstoke, BC sits one of the fastest growing alpine singletrack hotspots in North America.

Primarily operating as a ski touring lodge since 2005, Sol has expanded its summer offerings to include alpine singletrack mountain biking. Since 2013 owner Aaron Cooperman and his crew have built 20 kilometres of featured, flowy singletrack.

After a lengthy permit process, their latest masterpiece goes straight from the lodge doorstep through alpine meadows and polished rock slabs into Monashee Provincial Park. As a two-way rideable multi-use trail, it climbs to Sol Lake, then beyond to Mission Ridge.

Their next project is to extend a branch from Sol Lake to Caribou Pass at the foot of 2700 metre Mount Fosthall. This trail is slated for opening in the summer of 2017. For now, here's a look at the featured alpine mountain biking at Sol.

Buffed out alpine singletrack above Sol Mountain Lodge.
Purpose-built alpine singletrack is part of the package at Sol Mountain Lodge.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack
Trails extend into nearby Monashee Provincial Park.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack
The feature-filled trails include jumps, berms and rock slabs.

Kappler and Evans ripping down the Bunny Slope slabs.
Kappler and Evans ripping down the Bunny Slope slabs.

New Alpine Singletrack Out the Door

From the lodge doorstep, twenty kilometres of singletrack extend through meadows and forest all the way to alpine ridge-top. Family friendly trails loop through the meadows while the mainline climbing trail to Sol lake takes a direct route up past West Loop and Beacon Check before weaving amongst the numerous rock slabs of the bunny slope on the way to Sol Lake.

The trail winds in and out of Monashee Provincial Park, which has taken three years to gain approval. From Sol Lake the trail continues to ridge-top with views of the Gold Range of the Monashees and peaks further distant.

The day s first rays illuminate Mount Fosthall at Sol Mountain Lodge
The morning's first rays of light illuminate Mount Fosthall.

A mountain biker enjoys pristine alpine singletrack right out the door of the lodge at Sol Mountain Lodge in the Monashee mountains near Revelstoke British Columbia.
Singletrack extends right from the lodge doorstep.

Auger rips through the meadows on Pussy Toe Loop at Sol Mountain Lodge.
Tim Auger goes for a morning rip on Pussy Toe Loop.

Riding in the alpine meadows at Sol Mountain Lodge.
Riding in the alpine meadows at Sol Mountain Lodge.

Climbing up the Sol Lake trail.
The climb up to Sol Lake begins by crossing the meadows and climbing through sub alpine forest.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack
Crossing the bunny slope

Overlooking the Bunny Slope Sol Lake trail and Sol Mountain Lodge.
Overlooking the Bunny Slope, Sol Lake trail and Sol Mountain Lodge.

Kappler reaches for a cold one - freshly stocked at Sol Lake
Stocked with cold, local Mt Begbie beer, Sol Lake offers a great spot to rest and refresh with a swim before continuing the climb to Mission Ridge.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack
The trail continues past Sol Lake up to Mission Ridge with views of the Gold Range and Monashee Provincial Park.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Overlooking the Gold Range of the Monashees.
Overlooking the Gold Range of the Monashees.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Ripping Ridge at Sunset
After enjoying the views from Mission Ridge, riders are treated to an all out shred-fest extending over five kilometres to the lodge. Adding in Beacon Check and Sassy Toe extends the descent to 8 kilometres of feature filled alpine singletrack.

Ripping down from Mission Ridge in the evening light.

Riding in Mordor with Mount Doom in the background...no wait it s just another rock slab at Sol Mountain Lodge
Rock slabs, berms and a little air time are some of the highlights on the descent.

After climbing to ridgetop nothing beats an all out shred fest back to the lodge. Evans blows up a corner just above Sol Lake.
After climbing to ridge-top, nothing beats an all out shred-fest back to the lodge. Evans blows up a corner just above Sol Lake.

A late summer rip above Sol Lake.
A late summer rip above Sol Lake.

Evans hits a rock slab wallride.
Evans hits a rock slab wallride.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack
More features await on Crazee Train and the Bunny Slope slabs.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Featured rock slabs above the lodge.
Featured rock slabs above the lodge.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Evans gets stylish on the Beacon Check jumps.
Continuing on to Beacon Check leads riders into some jumps and drops.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Sunset at Sol Mountain Lodge
Sunsets at Sol are simply stunning.

Trail Update Monashee Provincial Park - New Alpine Singletrack

Sol Lake reflection

Night riding at Sol Mountain Lodge.
Some days the riding is so good it's tempting to ride into the night!

Matt Yaki Jordie McTavish and Rylan Kappler around the fire after a long day of mountain biking at Sol Mountain Lodge in the Monashee mountains.
Nothing beats reliving an epic day of alpine riding with your buddies around the camp-fire. Oh,except staying the night at a stylin' backcountry lodge and waking up to exclusive alpine singletrack out the door. It's a fun place to ride bikes!




For more information, visit Sol's website or trail network details onTrailforks.

Words and photos by Steve Shannon.


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17 Comments

  • + 6
 Being a revy-based dirtbag, can you ride these trails without staying at the lodge? Is there some sort of day-use fee?
  • + 10
 Hello cold-smoke we are dirtbag friendly! - Day use is welcome, traffic is good for the trails. Come help us pound em in. And we have a volunteer program if you would like to stay a few nights.
  • + 2
 ^^ amazing! After reading the article and drooling over the amazing pics .. the next thing that came to my mind (god knows why) was the potential for user conflicts and CRA''s ..... Much MTB love solmountain.
  • + 3
 Good point to bring up - it was an involved process to get permit approval to build trail in a provincial park. Permit requires trails to be multi-use (hiking, biking, trail running) - and trails designed to minimize potential for hikers to shortcut (hikers are the problem child here!) . Mulit use works here as it is a low traffic area. This is definitely public land and public is welcome. Come ride, run, hike - use the trails ! AC
  • + 4
 Hello cold-smoke we are dirtbag friendly! - Day use is welcome, traffic is good for the trails. Come help us pound em in. And we have a volunteer program if you would like to stay a few nights.
  • + 5
 Aaron great to see this coming together for you and the family.
  • + 4
 Thanks! Who is this?!
  • + 1
 Your Colltex and Hestra guy. Brian
  • + 1
 Right on - Thx Brian! Look forward to your visit. See you at BMFF. AC
  • + 1
 The potential! Sol is on its way to becoming a prime BC XC destination. Gotta check it out! The rock features alone are worth a visit.
  • + 1
 Yes - u will like the rock features - worth riding over and over. We love New Denver. You could make a day trip up here - but of course better to stay a night or two and hike as well. Cheers! AC
  • + 1
 On the bucket list!
  • + 1
 Well would you look at you go! I'm in Revy working for the fall...we should hook up.
  • + 1
 Come up for a spin. Fall is prime for alpine riding. Cheers
  • + 2
 Cool alpine riding!
  • + 1
 Revelstoke is my favorite BC town. What a great addition.
  • + 1
 Right on. We recommend a few days riding Rev alpine (Frisby, Keystone) - and come to the lodge for a couple nights. Cheers, AC

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