Seven Summits and ????
Planning a weekend trip to Rossland to ride the Seven Summits. We are coming from N. Idaho.
We'd love to find another ride of this length and quality or longer to do on the other day. Any suggestions as to what to hit either in the Rossland area or somewhere south of there?
Although it wouldn't be a dedicated loop, it should be quite easy to piece together a ride of any length for any skill level using the vast trail network around town that is all pretty much ridable from the campground.
Stop by Revolution (it's the only bike shop in town) to grab a trail map and chat with whomever is working at the time to get you started.
For an AM ride with some stunts that are still doable on the 'pedally' bike I'd suggest both whiskey and crown point. Some skinnies, most drops are < 6', ride-arounds for most TTF's. Those would probably be a good starting point for a more experianced rider, and you'd probably still have enough energy to check out one or two other trails.
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What he said plus I'll throw in a big one that is on your way home if you take the Waneta/Boundary border crossing south of Trail BC (next town east of Rossland). I haven't ridden this one yet but from all the reports I've heard from friends it very worthwhile. The most common descriptors I hear about it, from newbies to speedsters, are "swoopy" and "wicked effin' long downhill". That combination works for me.
The trail is on Mt Abercrombie which is situated between Northport and Metalline Falls in Washington, accessed from the west side via Deep Lake Boundary Road (aka Co Hwy 9445). Having not ridden it I won't try giving directions but the guys at Revolution should know the score as it's getting to be a popular ride among the locals. Grease them with a cold 6-pack from the beverage shop across the street and they'll hook you up.
Here's a good XC route (Rossland style) from town that might point out that a bar stool is the ride of choice for the day after raging on the 7S. Trail map required, all times approximate, many bailout options.
- park at the Flying Steamshovel
- climb up Washington Street almost to Centennial trailhead, ride through yellow gate onto Centennial
- go under highway via tunnel
- climb Curly's (5mins)
- climb Miner's to junction with Redtop/Redhead (10mins)
* see recommendation below re: Full Monte trail
- climb Redtop to top of Red Mtn, good switchback practice (20mins)
- enjoy the view
- descend Redtop, continuing past junction w/Miner's
- Redtop vs Redhead option, go right because Redhead is 'mo funner
- right on road for ~200yds
- left onto Redtop connector (or whatever it's signed as)
- stare longingly at patio of Rockcut Pub, search camelback for cash (10mins)
- ride south on Centennial, cross paved road
- south on Moe's
- right then left onto Larry's, climb (5mins)
- descend Curly's, use caution as it's popular with non-cyclists
- south on Centennial, go through tunnel
- climb Monte Christo (15mins)
- left on TechnoGrind
- left on Full Monte (maybe skip the bigger ascent to Red Mtn in favour of this trail, it rocks!)
- climb Full Monte (5mins)
- descend Full Monte (seat drop if that's your style)
- right on Coffee Run (marked "back to Rossland")
- stop at Milky Way (trail is on your left after 2-3 fast minutes on doubletrack)
* option A (easiest)
- stay on doubletrack, traverse to town
* option B (down, up, traverse, down, up, sucky climb to finish)
- left on Milky Way, fun flowy down (a 2nd vehicle gives the option to set up a shuttle at the truck runaway lane at the bottom of this trail)
- right on Green Door, climb (10mins)
- climb Roger's (10 seconds)
- enjoy view @ bench
- traverse Roger's
- straight thru on Cemetary back to town, ride through the cemetary
- bidch about how steep the roads/streets are in this town
* option C (hey Speedy, how are your climbing legs?)
- stay on doubletrack for ~2-3mins
- right on upper Milky Way, gradual climb (5mins)
- left after the log ride, steep climb (2-3mins)
- right onto red rocky trail, Back of K.C.
- try making the steep switchback, right line
- stay right after switchback, climb Back of KC, can get painful (5mins)
- at junction with TechnoGrind (on right) go left on KC, climb (5mins)
- top out at viewpoint above town
- enjoy the view, specifically of Flying Steamshovel, drool
- look for your missing lungs/legs
- vow never to take directions from sadistic local again
- descend/return on KC, caution for hikers/dog-walkers from this point on
- left at TechnoGrind junction
- follow Loop Trail signs back to Centennial trailhead
- descend to bar (The Best Three Words in Mountain Biking!)
Last edited by calgarydave; 09-01-2011 at 12:31 AM.
wow, thanks for the great beta!
Looks like there's much more to do from town than I thought, and it's great to have your thoughts on how best to connect the spiderweb!
It's morphed into a family trip (sigh) but I should be able to get in two rides, and am very stoked!
Will print your directions and bring it with the map...
your beta was awesome - thanks! best I've ever gotten on these forums for making the most out of local trails. More details later...
call me at angela's b&b - I'd like to give you that six pack. here until tomorrow.
roots, rocks, rhythm
Just back from a great few days in rossland. Fantastic!
A quick report, by way of saying thanks for the advice.
Saturday - has been planning to start with seven summits, but a very late arrival, plus my son keeping us up all night after that made it noon before I was able to think about getting it together for a ride. So, decided to put 7S until the next day and look into your route. I ended up doing option B+, I would say. That is, Option B, but with both Redtop and Full Monte instead of making the choice one or the other. Great ride! Full Monte was probably the funnest thing I rode all weekend. Good to do Redtop, but would just as soon have done Full Monte 2X
Anyhow, by the time I got to Milky Way turnoff, I was running low on time and out of food and water, but that's just a convenient excuse for not going up and over option C - I had the legs for it, but thought it prudent to try not to gas myself completely before 7S. Enjoyed Milky Way (saw a bear on it, always fun) and Cemetary was like dessert.
Sunday - Seven Summits. Happened to be Poker Ride day. For my first time on this route, I didn't really want to spend it bumping elbows with 120 people, more interested in savoring it and having my own experience. Had been up to Rossland three years back, but gotten too sick to ride at all, so was really looking forward to this. So, got going a bit early (7:10) to get the jump on the hordes. Was expecting a wave of locals to spin past me, but I guess they were all taking it easy and partying it up so I had the route to myself the whole way except for chatting with the checkpoint people. For some reason, my middle chainring was malfunctioning, so moderate grades required more time in the granny than normal. That could not have possibly been related to recovering from Option B Ended up finishing in just over 5 hours, taking my time and enjoying the views immensely. Great fun, and I'm glad I didn't try to race through it.
I would have won the most embarrassing crash award had I been registered for the poker ride - washed out just uphill from the last checkpoint, drawing some blood, after being distracted by a giant hotdog and giant fried egg. The people at the station went from thinking I was killin' it on the Poker run to realizing I was just some old guy who can't hold a feet up drift. Dewdney healed my embarrassment.
In the end, I flippin' loved that ride. A visionary trail painted on an inspiring canvas. Well worth its reputation as a high quality trail.
Monday - Went for a little spin with my wife for 45 minutes, then just had to keep going back up to Full Monte, it was so great. Didn't quite get full value out of it, I have to admit. Kindof a wuss about tall wood, esp. alone and w/ clipless pedals. But aside from that it was the funnest descending of the weekend, quality wise.
Never would have figured out how to efficiently connect all these lines on my own, so thank so much for putting this together. Deserves to be looked at by all visitors to Rossland.
BTW - Everything was very clear in your directions, but never saw a sign for Curly's, or on the map. Is that just part of Larry's? But still easy to figure out.
Originally Posted by calgarydave
I just wanna ride my bike
Absolutely worth doing Abercrombie. Just rode it over Labour Day weekend. Awesome views from the summit and then a 7+ mile (12 km) swoopy, loamy downhilll from there. This trail is not ridden much; saw no one else on it (amazing considering it was a long weekend) and there's lots of vegetation crowding the trail especially further down.
Originally Posted by calgarydave
results of my little crash
Originally Posted by mikemikemike
Damn, I was out of town when you were eager to stock my fridge. C'est la vie.
next time I'm in Rossland, I'll hook you up.
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