28 miles
Distance
6,810 ft
Climb
-6,800 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Data may be highly variable by device or mapping platform, as different software may use various data sources and calculation methods. Total elevation gain for the route is a middle estimate from multiple devices. Subject to permitting and adjustment.

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.

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Route Sections

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

Trails in Route

Bigwood2 miles
Smallwood Trail1 miles
Antler1 miles
Vallelujah6 miles

Route POI

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Details

  • Race Course
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for 2017 Singletrack 6: Stage 4 - Smallwood mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    10 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,077 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,077 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,087 ft
  • Grade
    0.007%
  • Grade max
    -48.364%
  • Grade min
    51.862%
  • Distance climb
    14 miles
  • Distance down
    12 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Smallwood Trail
Aug 6, 2017 @ 9:07am
Aug 6, 2017
Was all clear, dry but not as much as most in the area. For those not in the know, this entire area is Nelson XC so ranges from very easy to more difficult than many would consider a blue trail.
Vallelujah
Jul 22, 2017 @ 5:04pm
Jul 22, 2017
Bigwood
Jun 5, 2017 @ 8:16pm
Jun 5, 2017
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