5 miles
1,346 ft
-894 ft
4,011 ft
High Point

This route is most often used as a climb to access trails in the Southbelt: Whiskey, Cherry Poppins, Crown Point, SMD, and the Flume.

It also is a great out and back ride.

Drakes through to Tamarack is a great x-country ride. It covers a variety of riding conditions through a diverse environment, ranging from meadows and deciduous groves, to dark cedar forest. The riding for the first half is mostly undulating singletrack as it rolls through Drakes and Doukhobor trails. Tamarack is a long, consistent climb to a spectacular view point. Put your seat up high, flick into granny gear and power up this beautifully built singletrack trail to the top of Malde Creek FSR.

From the top trailhead, options include either turning around and descending the same route down for a super playful, flowy, intermediate descent of Tamarack Mtn, or otherwise, continuing across Malde Creek FSR to reach the trailheads of more difficult trails such as Whiskey, Cherry Poppins, Crown Point, SMD, or the Flume.

Historical Note: This area to the south of Rossland was heavily logged at the turn of the last century when the town was bustling with gold fever. The 'Doukhobor's' (a Russian pacifist sect) were brought in to log the Draw adjacent to the trail, and hence the name.

Hints: The southern end of Drakes trail exits onto Drakes Farm Road after 3 km of engaging singletrack riding. Drakes Farm Rd continues for 1 km of doubletrack (road), where all intersections are marked and recognizable. Follow the signs for Doukhobor Draw as the route often alternates between narrow singletrack and wider road.

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More Stats for Drake's / Doukhobor / Tamarack mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    452 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,428 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,497 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,948 ft
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,889 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      Doukhobor Draw
      Oct 30, 2018 @ 5:06pm
      Oct 30, 2018
      Doukhobor trail is closed between Drakes trail and Tamarack trail until further notice due to active logging. The KCTS plans to re-establish the trail in Spring 2019. reporter
      Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:52pm
      Sep 20, 2018
      Drake's (upper)
      May 25, 2018 @ 8:37am
      May 25, 2018
      Some snow and standing water in places but it's rideable
      Drake's Farm Road
      Mar 19, 2018 @ 9:33am
      Mar 19, 2018
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