Silvercup Ridge Mountain Bike Adventure

Perfect gravel

It was a perfect day for a long ride, so I headed up to Trout Lake, BC at 430am to go ride the Silvercup Ridge trail. The 26km ridge ride can be turned into an incredible loop if you start on Highway 31. When I ride it next time, I’ll park in Trout Lake and start the ride from there, Highway 31’s gravel is too good to pass up!

An overnight thunder shower made for tacky gravel and trail conditions.

I rode from the NW to the SE, which seems to provide the best flow. The Forest Service Road turns into a bit of an alder tunnel after a couple of kilometres and then transitions into an awesome stretch of off camber single track. There are a few downed trees you’ll have to manage.

Epic huckleberries!
The next couple of KM’s test your mettle, steep off-camber single track climbs its way through massive cedars, hemlocks and firs.
After some bushwhacking, semi-savage hike-a-biking, the trail breaks onto the ridge.
Treeline majesty!

The nature of the of the ride is epic views, panoramas, alpine cruising and some hefty hike-a-bikes up old pack horse trails and moto tracks. this is a multi-use trail, so yield to hikers and horses and don’t be surprised to see quads and dirt bikes.

I am not one for selfies, but I figured you might be getting sick of landscape shots. More hike-a-biking.

The gravel grind back to the vehicle along Trout Lake is so good. All in all, it makes for a solid day of riding, my GPS a made a slight error, I figure it was about 3700m of vertical and 71 KM round trip. You could do it in a couple of days if you wanted, there are some wicked campsites along the way. Personally I preferred riding it with a light pack so I could enjoy the ups and downs a bit more than I would have with camping gear.

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