28.0 miles
5,107 ft
-5,105 ft
1 mile
High Point

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For stage 4, it’s off to Nelson and the Smallwood trail network. After 3 km of climbing on pavement, the route enters a short section of singletrack on Sproule Creek Trail, linking riders into the Sproule Creek Forest Service Road. Another 8 km of fast-rolling gentle climbing before the start of the toughest climb of the day… and maybe the week. Sweet Sally is a strenuous 400 m climb ascending high up the forested slopes of the Smallwood area. A couple more km of moderate climbing will take you to the top of the ridge, where you enter the Vallelujah trail. This singletrack is technical and challenging, and offers stunning panoramic views in all directions, including the Valhallas to the North. After a few km of rolling uphill, the trail turns to the south for some sustained descending, connecting into Antler Trail and then Smallwood Trail. A short but strenuous climb takes you to another great viewpoint, this time overlooking the Kootenay River and Nelson far below. Then you are rewarded again with the Bigwood descent back to the Forest Service Road. This fast roll along the FSR will take you to a final singletrack descent into the finish line.

Detailed Description
2017 Singletrack 6: Stage 4 - Smallwood is a 28 mile intermediate race route located near Nelson British Columbia. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 5,107 ft with a max elevation of 5,416 ft then descends -5,105 ft.
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18 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
Dougyturner (Jun 28, 2022 at 19:08)
Trail Vallelujah
Cleared up the blowdown across the top today
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bw101 (Jul 6, 2021 at 13:35)
Blah 100 trees across the trail
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alaricfish (Jul 5, 2021 at 20:08)
Trail Vallelujah
Great trail but around 60+ trees down seriously interrupt the ride and add a lot of time to cross every single one. I wish I had known... should have checked TrailForks!
  • + 0
Eagleseyre (Jun 16, 2021 at 9:31)
Trail Vallelujah
I didn’t check the trail condition and found a lot of downed trees. Some very fresh. I’d say around 50+ that are like 16”. Unridable. Bike 30sec, bushwhacked around, bike 30 sec, crawl under, bike 10 sec… throw bike over… smile, bleed, curse. Great views though, no snow.
  • + 0
Naquin (Jun 3, 2021 at 17:02)
Trail Vallelujah
Hit snow about 3km in.
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tallisman (Sep 14, 2020 at 16:16)
Trail Bigwood
Pretty good riding but I recommend to bushwack to the top from Crowsnest rather than doing the whole loop of antler and smallwood unless you really need the excersise.
  • + 1
Danksi (Jul 12, 2020 at 7:53)
Trail Vallelujah
In 2019 NCC added a new trail called ‘Below The Gods’ which replaces the need to ride down the old wagon trail at the end of Valleluja.
  • + 1
JGW (Jul 4, 2020 at 19:36)
Trail Vallelujah
Hidden gem here!! The new trail half/way down is super sweet.
  • + 0
Lyndiana (Jun 20, 2020 at 21:30)
Trail Antler
The longest short little trail in the Koots!! Always so fun!
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nfujimaki (Jun 16, 2020 at 19:03)
Trail Bigwood
Incredibly fun trail. It has very good flow throughout.
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Guywoodski FOPRTS (Nov 11, 2019 at 20:27)
An excellent easy hike with a great destination viewpoint.
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icmtns (Aug 28, 2019 at 16:38)
Would have been better the other way than what Trailforks recommends
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bramski (Jun 7, 2019 at 20:32)
Trail Antler
A few trees down. Pedals but also super windy and tricky. Not terrible, but not great.
  • + 0
Sammyc151 VVMTA (Aug 29, 2018 at 19:21)
Trail Vallelujah
Once you begin descending, the first half has some great corners, and feels like a mountain bike trail. The second half of the descent however has very few corners at all, and feels like you’re descending an old road grade. I didn’t find it very rewarding after the long grunt to pedal up there.
  • + 1
cjorge NCC (Aug 30, 2018 at 9:33)
Trail Vallelujah
Agreed Sammy C, NCC is starting a new lower section to remove most of rail grade and last bit of logging road to Antler. Should be a huge improvement when finished.
  • + 1
ErnieBike (Jul 28, 2018 at 23:02)
Trail Bigwood
The switchbacks and short steeps were perfect for a blue trail - always a run-out or a berm to save you! Nicely built and maintained.
  • + 0
koehngroup (Jul 3, 2017 at 20:50)
Trail Bigwood
Fun downhill ride from the lookout. Lots of switchbacks at the top but the wide trail makes them rideable without being too technical. It gets more flowy half way down. Some loose rock but still quite grippy. At the top there are a few technical rock drops but not too large or long.
  • + 0
koehngroup (Jul 3, 2017 at 20:44)
Fun trail both directions. Some challenging technical rock drops as you get closer to the lookout but mostly flowing. Great view from the lookout.

Route Sections

1 Timed Section
  • 2 miles distance
  • 115 ft climb
  • -1,206 ft descent

Trails in Route

Bigwood2 miles
Smallwood Trail1 mile
Antler1 mile
Vallelujah6 miles

Route POI

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More Stats for 2017 Singletrack 6: Stage 4 - Smallwood mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    2 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,105 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,105 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,106 ft
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  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)
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