You may heard of epic mountain biking on the Seven Summits, a classic Kootenay mountain bike adventure. Rossland, BC, home to Red Mountain Resort and an amazing mountain bike trail network is also home to the Seven Summits trail.
I’d heard the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS) trail crew had just finished working on the Seven Summits and it was in primo condition.
The actual Seven Summits trail starts at Nancy Green Pass, north of Rossland and finishes 36 kilometres later, just north of the US/CA border near Patterson, BC. The black rated trail is a masterpiece hybrid of reworked packhorse trails and sinuous single track. In 2004 the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society complete it. The trail winds it’s way along the crest of the Rossland Range gaining over a thousand metres along the way.
The ride can be done in a couple of ways, organize a shuttle or commit to a full day of biking and ride the full lap. I’d recommend the latter. Starting from Rossland it is possible to ride the majority of the 72km and 2500m elevation gain on single track and double track. There are enjoyable short sections of highway on both ends of the trail. The second to last climb, Dukhobor’s Draw, is a real grind at the end of the day!