IMBA EPIC Ride - Seven Summits, Canada
The Seven Summits trail, completed in the summer of 2004 by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS), is a spectacular point to point single-track traverse of the Rossland Range. Widely acclaimed by mountain bikers, acknowledged by IMBA as an official EPIC, and awarded the 2007 ‘Trail of the Year’ by Bike Magazine, it's the crown jewel of the Rossland trail network. Challenging, adventurous, and spectacular, it is a true EPIC ride.
Lung bursting climbs alternate with exciting descents and swooping singletrack through high-country meadows, dramatic ridges, and mountain forests.
The Seven Summits trail is designed to be ridden in a North to South direction, and to link with the Dewdney trail. Leave a vehicle at the bottom of the Dewdney trail on Hwy 22, near the US Border in Paterson (12 km South of Rossland) and arrange a 30km shuttle to Nancy Greene Pass. The trail begins immediately behind the trailhead kiosk at the Pass. Marathon riders and masochists can complete the entire loop from Rossland, adding a climb of Doukhobor Draw for the full experience.
Food and drink
The Seven Summits trail is very remote, with no water available, so riders should be completely self-sufficient and prepared for mountain weather.
Cell phone coverage is not consistent and poor or unavailable in places.
Riding the Seven Summits is a significant undertaking, and for most riders, it will take the better part of a day. It’s long (30.4km officially, but 36km if the Dewdney trail is included), unrelentingly technical, and physical demanding (1035m of vertical gain).
The fastest expert XC riders can complete the entire distance in less than 3 hours, while competent recreational riders will walk some sections, and take 6 hours or more. Although the trail is free from stunts, jumps or severe steepness, it’s not suitable for beginners, with the majority of riding falling between intermediate and advanced levels. The climbs are long and strenuous; however, most grades are moderate and are not overly sustained. Riders can expect the highest level of trail maintenance on the Seven Summits as the KCTS works to provide a quality trail experience for users. Typically, the trail opens by July 1st and closes in October with the first snowfalls.
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