13.8 miles
Distance
2,404 ft
Climb
-2,413 ft
Descent
2,300 ft
High Point

Long loop with only one repeat up Ridge Trail. Granite trail can be skipped with going straight into Ellision connector. Highly recommend going across the road for the final small loop of Nature Loop

Detailed Description
BigTrousers Ellison Loop is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near Kelowna British Columbia. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 15 trails. This route climbs 2,404 ft with a max elevation of 2,300 ft then descends -2,413 ft.
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61 Reviews & Comments

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jasonw (Aug 15, 2022 at 22:41)
Way over graded. Basically a green trail like all others in the park. Nice terrain, just not difficult if that is what you are after.
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jasonw (Aug 15, 2022 at 22:41)
Way over graded. Basically a green trail like all others in the park. Nice terrain, just not difficult if that is what you are after.
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raych (Jul 6, 2022 at 18:44)
Trail Granite
With the ride-around options, this is a green or easy blue, and no obvious exposure/cliff riding, which I have zero tolerance for. Fun trail to try some less difficult slab features.
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blackmtnside (May 20, 2022 at 13:02)
Trail You and Me
Boring climb, will do Typical Situation next time
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blackmtnside (May 20, 2022 at 13:01)
Trail Homerun
Quite enjoyed this! Nice swoopy bits at the top, lower 2/3 can be ridden quite fast with bits of side hill and chicanes with embedded cobble in the dirt to slice up line choice.
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roanz NOCS (Apr 17, 2022 at 11:38)
Ellision Connector will be designated as an up hill trail only while the new climb is being built. Expect EC to return to a down hill primary later this summer.
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Rrtjay (Apr 15, 2022 at 15:13)
In perfect shape
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Rrtjay (Apr 15, 2022 at 15:13)
In perfect shape
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KylercyjrX2 (Oct 3, 2021 at 13:56)
Trail Granite
Horrible
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Katie-schneider (Apr 1, 2021 at 22:16)
Trail Granite
Great conditions today!
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suranko NOCS (Oct 3, 2020 at 19:51)
Trail Granite
Agree that this isn’t a black however, is it ever fun! Lots of options with each rock slab that comes your way, super long with lots of flow and amazing lake views. Best trail in Ellison for sure.
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lukelikesbikesandbeers (Sep 9, 2020 at 20:36)
Trail Granite
Awesome trail!
As many have said, most of this trail is a Blue. However, there are certainly some black options to choose if you don't just blast through the main lines without scoping them out.
I'd say this is a perfect trail for a Blue level rider to tackle some trickier sections.
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sdh-outdoors (Sep 4, 2020 at 19:41)
Trail Granite
Should be a blue at most.
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Sun2306 (Aug 20, 2020 at 17:03)
Trail Granite
Lovely trail! Starts off a nice blue with some dark blue features, then transitions to some fun green bits. Great cool slabs, was a nice impression of Vernon. A little dusty.
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jkor (Aug 4, 2020 at 16:12)
Trail Granite
Agree, basically a blue trail. A nice ride!!
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joshuro (May 20, 2020 at 22:19)
I've only climbed it, never went down. It's not a bad climb and it looks like going down it would be fun.
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joshuro (May 20, 2020 at 22:19)
I've only climbed it, never went down. It's not a bad climb and it looks like going down it would be fun.
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joshuro (May 20, 2020 at 22:17)
Considering the distance of it, this climb is easy to do. Whoever built the trail knew what they were doing, the way it's built makes it a breeze.
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joshuro (May 20, 2020 at 22:17)
Considering the distance of it, this climb is easy to do. Whoever built the trail knew what they were doing, the way it's built makes it a breeze.
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joshuro (May 20, 2020 at 22:15)
Very fun trail, but sadly it's over before you know it.
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Bigmax (May 18, 2020 at 15:59)
Great flow, really enjoyed this one. The only DH trail in the network I enjoyed more was the top half of Granite.
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Fuzzxy (May 18, 2020 at 9:54)
Was clear did it yesterday . Nothing special .
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Fuzzxy (May 18, 2020 at 9:54)
Was clear did it yesterday . Nothing special .
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Fuzzxy (May 18, 2020 at 9:52)
Started on the predator ridge side . Was a sign up saying no bikes .. forgot about that and moved on . What a fun flowy trail ! Minimal climbs . Great views of the gold course . Great trail !
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Forforksake (Apr 5, 2020 at 22:58)
Trail is still closed as of april 5th 2020
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Forforksake (Apr 5, 2020 at 22:58)
Trail is still closed as of april 5th 2020
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Aquapussy (Nov 10, 2019 at 17:01)
Trail Homerun
Any chance anyone found a rectangular black bag (very heavy) on this trail or anywhere near the park? Total long shot here but reward if found!
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balgruuf (Sep 15, 2019 at 15:07)
Trail Granite
This trail is really beautiful and lots of fun to ride down. Maybe lacking in interesting trail features lower down, but I'd say its at least worth checking out. I would also recommend The Mantle if you want some more interesting rock features at the top. Don't let the double black rating and all the scary signs deter you, its not that bad. Granite is certainly a blue trail by my standards though, especially in the second half (although I'm coming from the North Shore so maybe we just rate things differently).
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R26 (Aug 26, 2019 at 21:40)
Trail Granite
We enjoyed Granite a lot but it was nowhere near a proper black run in difficulty. I understand the comments about exposure, but there wasn’t much exposure to speak of…
Black or blue, it’s fun and the climb proved pretty quick to ascend.
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Vdog101 (Jun 11, 2019 at 19:48)
Trail Granite
Loved this trail, well made and fun! A good loop ride if you ride up "The ridge" trail.
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Vdog101 (Jun 11, 2019 at 19:44)
Great trail to get you to "Granite" and "The Mantle". Not a bad climb, well marked.
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Vdog101 (Jun 11, 2019 at 19:44)
Great trail to get you to "Granite" and "The Mantle". Not a bad climb, well marked.
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ssphillips (Apr 30, 2019 at 20:57)
Is parking allowed in the main Predator Ridge parking lot?
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ssphillips (Apr 30, 2019 at 20:57)
Is parking allowed in the main Predator Ridge parking lot?
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Wificationish (Apr 28, 2019 at 19:22)
Trail Granite
Decent trail, but there isn't any steep exposure like it says. Trail description is way off, should be a blue trail.
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ganjaguru (Nov 13, 2018 at 12:09)
Trail Granite
Shout out to the trail developers. Holla! What a great ride!
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skinnyg (Oct 28, 2018 at 9:30)
Trail Granite
Don’t take this trail for granite. It’s gneiss.
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hansbauck (Oct 8, 2018 at 6:38)
Trail Granite
Not sure how to rate this. Reasonably fun, though would have been much much better as a hand built trail. The description is way off, as most places I've ridden this would be a green trail, or very easy blue and there is no exposure nor difficult slabs. We was disappointed as we were expecting a bit of a challenge. My wife is a complete newbie and rode the entire trail without issue.

There are some nice views though.
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suezq (Oct 18, 2018 at 16:46)
Trail Granite
It sounds like you were on a different trail
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hansbauck (Oct 20, 2018 at 8:26)
Trail Granite
No, definitely not. Chatted with some other guys from the Kootenays and they said the same thing
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Djmallett (Sep 28, 2018 at 22:34)
Trail Blisters
Tree down at top of trail where splits off from Upper Vehdol
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taouin FOSS (Sep 14, 2018 at 17:44)
Trail Granite
This is an amazing trail. Mix flow and tech with a lot of rocks. A must ride for everybody. Only downside it’s too short... So we ride it twice.
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dialedrides (Jul 16, 2018 at 5:50)
This trail has been extended (on the map) all the way to Dormie Point (now includes Dormie Pt. Connector and Upper Ellison Connector) to reflect the new trail naming system by Predator Ridge.
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dialedrides (Jul 11, 2018 at 15:24)
This trail name has been changed from Parkway to Ridge Trail. It now includes the section of trail formerly known as Outlook Cabin. Follow this route to the top of Granite Trail.
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dialedrides (Jul 11, 2018 at 15:24)
This trail name has been changed from Parkway to Ridge Trail. It now includes the section of trail formerly known as Outlook Cabin. Follow this route to the top of Granite Trail.
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superbuburuz (Apr 8, 2018 at 14:52)
Pretty muddy and patches of snow
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cdnmtbkr (Sep 19, 2017 at 15:26)
The
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cdnmtbkr (Sep 19, 2017 at 15:26)
The
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modjoe23 (Jun 12, 2017 at 13:28)
I only ask as there have been a few school trips to Ellison in the past few weeks. Maybe someone should notify WildsafeBC, just in case.
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modjoe23 (Jun 11, 2017 at 22:24)
What direction did they head off towards?
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ahesk (Jun 11, 2017 at 20:08)
A black bear with two cubs were spotted today a the start of the new Ellison connector trail. Excellent ride today.
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grolsch (May 25, 2017 at 12:29)
Tree down before turn off to typical situation
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grolsch (May 25, 2017 at 12:29)
Tree down before turn off to typical situation
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grolsch (May 25, 2017 at 12:27)
Two trees down about halfway up
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grolsch (May 25, 2017 at 12:27)
Two trees down about halfway up
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modjoe23 (Nov 6, 2016 at 13:30)
Never mind just seen the sign.
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modjoe23 (Nov 6, 2016 at 8:13)
This trail is called Cabin Trail so why has it been renamed when the new name is not on the sign? Confusing.....much!!!
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krishaw (Oct 23, 2016 at 8:04)
Which end should you start at?
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modjoe23 (Oct 23, 2016 at 10:21)
You can park up at the Fitness centre at Predator ridge and ride the Dormie Point road to the start of the Dormie Point trail but then you finish with the climb back up or park at Ellison and start with the climb. Coming from Kelowna it maybe better to start at the top.
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grambone (Aug 28, 2016 at 11:07)
Trail You and Me
This is a nice easy trail for novice riders. A great route to climb to the top of this area.
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vikb (Oct 18, 2015 at 14:47)
Trail Nature Trail
Pretty fun. Lots of flow and enough rock features to keep things interesting.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • E-Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for BigTrousers Ellison Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    1,279 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,474 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,463 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -65.7%
  • Grade min
    48.6%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Birdie Lake Loop
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Dec 20, 2022 @ 1:04pm
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All parts of these trails are CLOSED until April 15, 2023 due to development construction. There will be some alignment changes to the start Ellison Connector and the end of The Nest, happening in the spring. Please obey all signs and stay off the trail until construction is complete and the trail is reopened. Thank you! reporter
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Dec 20, 2022 @ 5:04am
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All parts of these trails are CLOSED until April 15, 2023 due to development construction. There will be some alignment changes to the start Ellison Connector and the end of The Nest, happening in the spring. Please obey all signs and stay off the trail until construction is complete and the trail is reopened. Thank you! reporter
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