September 25, Rossland - IMBA Epic Seven Summits Trail

Francine drops down the ridgeline on the Seven Summits Trail

This trip was the highpoint of our trip to Rossland BC.  We have ridden our mountain bikes in Rossland on two previous trips, but never had the energy to tackle this burly route.  The ride is 22 miles when combined with the exit on Dewdney trail.  Total elevation gained on the point to point ride is 4,500 feet.   Much of that climbing is above 6,000 feet with a highpoint of 7,200 feet.  Thanks to a shuttle from Kootenay Mountain Shuttles we ended up with 6,300 feet of descending on a full mix of mountain singletrack.

We arrived at 7:45am at the Rossland Museum, to join about 7 other bikers signed up for the shuttle.  We had a group from Bend and a single guy from Fernie.  The single guy was out front, and we didn't see him all day.  The other group from Bend, who had been riding for 4 days, ended up behind us, and except for hearing them at the bottom of one of our many climbs, we were basically alone all day.

Did we say POWDER Skiing?  It rained tons on Saturday and Sunday, so conditions were supreme.   Trail conditions can get quite dusty in interior B.C.  We had watched the weather waiting for the right weather to book our trip and we totally nailed perfect conditions.  All the switchbacks were solid, dirt was perfectly damp and tacky, and for the first 20 miles or so, we had no dust.  Just damp, tacky, perfect dirt.

There are many, many climbs on this 22 miles ride.  We were hoping to finish in 7 hours, and finished in 6 hours twenty minutes.  For a ridge trail ride, we were in the trees mostly.  Our first climb was 2,000 feet, which was quite the warm up.

After 18 miles on Seven Summit Trail, we still had the Dewdney Trail, with 4 miles of descending, 2,281 feet.  It kept going down and down.  Some parts were somewhat hammered, but overall, they added many sweet sections, that were super fun, and conditions were great.

The day started off cold, even with many frosty sections

Summer heat would be uncomfortable out in the open, but temps were cool for us

Old Glory mountain in the background

Perfect, tacky dirt almost everywhere

September 24, Rossland BC - Larch, Monticola & BS trails

Rest break on Larch Trail
After getting the scoop from the super friendly guy at Revolution Bike shop on where to park, we headed north on Hwy 3B about ten minutes out of town.  We drove down Neptune Creek logging road, and parked at Gibbards Trail(road).  This saved finishing all the loop by climbing out on the road.

Climbed back out the logging road to the Highway 3B, and made our way up to the Larch Ridge trailhead.  Here we descended Larch Ridge trail, passing the top of BS Trail, which we plan to hit on the 2nd loop, and climbed to its end at Monticola.  Had a sweet descent on Monticola, to our lowpoint of the day.   Crossed the road and climbed C.O. G. to Gibbards, and climbed Gibbards till it spit us out at our car.  Here we continued on up, retracing our steps somewhat, but this time, we turned up earlier on an old doubletrack, and took the steeper dirt road up to Larch Ridge trail.  We repeated this short section of Larch Ridge to the top of BS Trail.  Dropped down BS and called it a day.

Short day.  7 miles and 2000 feet climbing.  Keeping legs fresh for tomorrow.

Kevin at the end of Larch Ridge Trail, and start of Monticola descent

Kevin with Red Mt. in the distance

Grinding up Neptune Creek Forest Service Road

September 23, Rossland BC

This morning we got up bright and early and made the drive to Rossland B.C.  Normally it takes us forever to get out of the house, but we packed most of the car the night before, and were out of the house by 7am.  We made good time, five and half hours, and literally had no one on the road, we only passed one car on the back roads to Rossland. 

We were so early, our condo unit at Red Mt. was still not ready.  We drove around town and watched the skies open up, as a rain squall passed through the area.   Glad we weren't out on our bikes!

We did get checked into our unit and made it out for a quick lap.  Checked out Paydirt Trail.  Super fun, and with the damp soil was riding great.

Sept 15, Canyon #2, Wenatchee, Wa.

As members of Evergreen Mountain Bike Association, we have been getting updates on new trails getting built all over Washington state.   We had heard that approximately 8 new miles of trail were almost complete in Canyon #2 above the town of Wenatchee.   We have ridden this area a couple of times, with the highlight being the Stairway to Heaven trail.  It's a really well built climbing trail to get you up high. With the addition of the new trail, this area is definitely worth a drive.   As we rode through the new singletrack, several people were out working hard on the new trail.  Felt a little guilty just riding through.

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Sept. 9, 2018 Esmerelda Loop, Teanaway Valley

Good views, Good trail, Great Ride

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August 31, Ellensburg, Wa.

From Switzerland to Ellensburg.   I guess they both have cows.   Have not posted up much in the last month since our return from Europe.  Francine has gotten a couple of rides, but I have been pretty much enjoying not biking.   Also, got a little spoiled with the gondolas/ trams/ trains in Europe.   It was nice to cut out large chunks of climbing.   Well, I finally was feeling motivation to get a good climb on.   Headed to one of our favorite spring rides in Ellensburg.  The Manastash ridge area has a great assortment of trails that our pretty much sun baked hard pack this time of year.   With temps forecasted for low seventies the weather was perfect.   We even tried out a couple of new downhills.  Great day proving that you don't need to go to Europe for great riding.  Actually, when we were in Italy, one German guy wondered what we were doing in Italy when everyone he knew wanted to go ride the Pacific Northwest.   Did about 15 miles with about  3,000 feet of climbing.