17.9 miles
4,596 ft
-5,157 ft
Avg time

Seven Summits Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
  • OSM Way

The Seven Summits trail, completed in the summer of 2004 by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS), is a spectacular point to point single-track traverse of the Rossland Range. Widely acclaimed by mountain bikers, acknowledged by the International Mountain Biking Association as an official Epic, and awarded the 2007 ‘Trail of the Year’ by Bike magazine, it is the crown jewel of the Rossland trail network. Challenging, adventurous, and spectacular, it is a true epic ride.

Riding the Seven Summits is a significant undertaking, and for most riders it will take the better part of a day. It’s long (30.4km officially, but 36km if the Dewdney trail is included), unrelentingly technical, and physical demanding (1035m of vertical gain). Lung bursting climbs alternate with exciting descents and swooping singletrack through high-country meadows, dramatic ridges and mountain forests. The fastest expert XC riders can complete the entire distance in less than 3 hours, while competent recreational riders will walk some sections, and take 6 hours or more. Although the trail is free from stunts, jumps or severe steepness, it’s not suitable for beginners, with the majority of riding falling between intermediate and advance levels. The climbs are long and strenuous, however, most grades are moderate and are not overly sustained. Riders can expect the highest level of trail maintenance on the Seven Summits as the KCTS works to provide a quality trail experience for users. Typically the trail opens by July 1st, and closes in October with the first snowfalls.

The Seven Summits trail is designed to be ridden in a North – South direction, and to link with the Dewdney trail. Leave a vehicle at the bottom of the Dewdney trail on Hwy 22, near the US Border in Paterson (12 km South of Rossland) and arrange a 30km shuttle to Nancy Greene Pass. The trail begins immediately behind the trailhead kiosk at the Pass. Marathon riders and masochists can complete the entire loop from Rossland, adding a climb of Doukhobor Draw for the full experience. The Seven Summits trail is very remote, with no water available, so riders should be completely selfsufficient and prepared for mountain weather. Cell phone coverage is not consistent.

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More Stats for Seven Summits mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -560 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,584 ft
  • Altitude max
    1.4 miles
  • Altitude start
    5,163 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,603 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8.2 miles
  • Distance down
    9.0 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,682 ft
  • Avg time
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on Sep 23, 2016
Avg: 4.6 (26 votes)

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Seven Summits Trail Reports

Sep 23, 2016 @ 9:44pm
Sep 23, 2016
A couple dirtbag motorbikers decided to ride most of the trail, lots of rocks turned up.
Sep 19, 2016 @ 8:45pm
Sep 19, 2016
Trail is in great shape
Sep 14, 2016 @ 12:00pm
Sep 14, 2016
Trail is in great condition, no downed trees, a little loose and dusty near the finish.
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:28am
Aug 30, 2016
Trail is in great shape. Some (3 if I recall correctly) trees down between km 23 and 27. There was evidence of very recent clearing, so these...
Aug 18, 2016 @ 10:12pm
Aug 18, 2016
trees @ 2.6 and 17.5 mi On aug.16 2016
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Technical Trail Features (TTF)


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55 |
Sep 16, 2016 @ 8:35am
Sep 16, 2016
Seven Summits, Winfield
390 |
Sep 23, 2015 @ 1:02pm
Sep 23, 2015
Seven Summits, My City
396 |
Sep 23, 2015 @ 1:01pm
Sep 23, 2015
Seven Summits, My City
390 |
Sep 23, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Sep 23, 2015
Seven Summits, My City

Routes with this trail

Seven Summits / Dewdney
21.9 miles

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