5 miles
Distance
1,305 ft
Climb
-1,305 ft
Descent
4,971 ft
High Point

Larch Ridge begins the loop, starting from Highway 3B, 12 km north of Rossland. The first 2.4 km, is great x-country riding, rolling grades, short climbs, a few technical challenges, that climbs up to a viewpoint and rest area. Monticola begins here, and drops quickly to the south, rollercoaster like, lots of berms, super buffed and sweet singletrack. Monticola ends at the 3 km mark on the Neptune Creek FSR, where a 30+ minute climb arrives back at the trailhead and vehicle. COG trail begins the climb, moderately physical but cooling in the dark canopy of a cedar forest. The final 4 km is all logging road and pavement as it completes the loop.

Hints: Some riders may prefer completing the climb first and leaving Monticola to savoir last. If this is the case, park your vehicle at the 2nd switchback (3 km mark) on the Neptune Creek FSR, far on the shoulder to avoid turning logging trucks. Put your seat up and start by climbing COG to Gibbards Rd. Turn right onto Gibbards, then left at the junction of Neptune Creek FSR at the 1 km mark. Follow this to Hwy 3B, turn right and pedal 700 m to the Larch Ridge trailhead.

Fit riders may wish to avoid using a vehicle altogether and ride to and from Rossland. The route is too convoluted to describe here, but involves riding through the Black Jack Ski Area, past the Ophir Reservoir, and climbing Gibbards Rd to reach the Neptune Creek FSR and eventually, the Larch Ridge trailhead. Riders must ford Hanna Creek whilst on Gibbards, which is often swollen and impassable during early to mid Spring.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    15
More Stats for Larch Ridge - Monticola Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,083 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,860 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,860 ft
  • Grade max
    -39.479%
  • Grade min
    32.014%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,687 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
594 | 1 faves

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

traildateconditiondescription
Monticola
Jun 16, 2018 @ 10:42pm
19 hours
Some good person cut the downed tree out before I could get to it.
Gibbard's
Jun 8, 2018 @ 1:07pm
Jun 8, 2018
A tiny bit of snow and the creek is not an easy crossing. However, one can get through via pedaling.
COG
Jun 6, 2018 @ 4:50pm
Jun 6, 2018
Cleared and ready to ride. reporter
Larch Ridge
Jun 6, 2018 @ 4:48pm
Jun 6, 2018
Cleared and ready to ride. reporter
Neptune Creek FSR
Mar 19, 2018 @ 9:33am
Mar 19, 2018
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