Rossland, British Columbia - Seven Summits Trail
Summary: Adventurous mountain bikers will find the epic they’re looking for on the Seven Summits trail in Rossland BC. This point-to-point trail provides over 35 kilometers (22 miles) of technical single-track, with beautiful mountain vistas, challenging (but 100% rideable) climbs and flowing descents. The sinewy trail follows ridgelines, affording views of the Columbia River Valley and the Southern Selkirk and Monashee Mountains.
The Seven Summits Trail is diligently maintained and continually upgraded by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, a group that has effectively worked with private landowners to create one of Canada's premier trail networks.
Location: Rossland is 12 kilometers from the American border, a 2.5-hour drive from Spokane Washington and a 7-hour drive from Vancouver BC, Seattle WA, or Calgary AB. The starting trailhead at Nancy Green Pass (49°12'15.06"N, 117°53'37.83"W) is 20km north of Rossland on Hwy 3B. The finishing trailhead, located at the base of the Dewdney Trail, is 10km south of Rossland on Hwy 22.
Length: The trail extends for 30km from the start at Nancy Greene Pass to the first summit of the Rossland-Cascade Rd, and most riders will continue on the Dewdney trail for another 5 km descent to the finish. It can take between 3 and 7 hrs to complete the whole trail.
Climbing: Approximately 3,000 feet.
Difficulty: Advanced. Sustained technical single-track makes the trail most suitable for skilled and fit riders, but determined intermediates can also have a great day.
Shop: Revolution Cycles in Rossland, BC
Club: The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society
Notes: Most riders leave a car at the bottom of the Dewdney trail, and either drive another vehicle or arrange a shuttle 30km to Nancy Greene Pass. This is the most popular way to ride the trail, but fit riders have done the whole circuit from Rossland in less than seven hours. The trail season depends on the snow, but it’s usually rideable from sometime in July, to sometime in October. The trail is remote and exposed with few escape options, the weather can get wild, and there is no water on the trail, so be prepared. Contact Tourism Rossland for a free map.
Trail Steward: Stewart Spooner, stewspooner [at] telus [dot] net