With a deep history of biking on old railway beds, miners' trails and whisky running routes, Rossland is one of the founding bike destinations in BC and is also known as the Mountain Bike Captial of Canada. Rossland has full-time, paid trails crew that maintain and label our huge myriad of trails, over 200 kms of them in fact.
The extensive single-track system and variety of rides lure adventurers from all over the world. Novices to experts will certainly find something to suit their skills. For easier rides, explore the hundreds of kilometers of old wagon roads, rail grades and pack trail left over from the town's mining heyday. Serious bikers can spend a day riding the infamous Seven Summits Trail (see below), or one of the many downhill single track trails accessible right from town.
The Seven Summits
The Seven Summits trail, completed in 2004 by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, is a spectacular point to point singeltrack traverse of the Rossland Range. Widely acclaimed by mountain bikers, acknowledged by IMBA as an official 'Epic' and awarded 'Trail of the Year' by Bike magazine (2007), it is the crown jewel of the Rossland trail network. Challenging, adventurous, sustained and breathtaking in scope, the Seven Summits is a true epic ride.
For most riders, the Seven Summits is a significant undertaking, consuming the better part of a day. It's long (36km with Dewdney), unrelentingly technical, and physically demanding. Lung-busting climbs alternate with exciting descents and swooping, maintained singletrack through sub-alpine meadows, dramatic ridges and mountain forests. The fastest XC riders can complete the entire distance in less than 3 hours, while competent recreational riders will walk some sections and can take 6-8 hours. Although the trail is free of stunts, jumps or severe steepness, it is not suitable for beginners, with the majority of riding falling around the intermediate level.
Typically, the trail opens sometime in July and closes with the first snowfalls in October. The trail is very remote, with often no water available and large sections of no cell phone coverage. Riders are expected to be completely self-sufficient and prepared for mountain weather.
Guides and Tours
Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching offers coaching, guided tours and shuttles to the various trails surrounding Rossland. Private lessons, women's only lessons/rides and youth lessons are also available.
Stop by Revolution, located downtown, for updated trail information, bike gear and servicing or to pick up a free trail map.
Types of Trails and Season
All trails are well-marked with signs, and are rated for various levels: gentle, intermediate, advanced and expert. The professionally maintained trails offer winding single-track, technical downhill and stunted rides. Whether seeking a short loop, an all-day epic, or a multi-day bike trip, riders will find first-rate routes and magnificent scenery in Rossland.
Biking season runs from April to late fall, depending on the weather. The summer months (July to August) are particularly busy with biking activity.
For maps and detailed trail information, check out the map below. Trail maps are also available Revolution Bike Shop downtown or online here.