4.8 miles
Distance
1,054 ft
Climb
-1,061 ft
Descent
4,970 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.

Detailed Description
Larch Ridge - Monticola Loop is a 5 mile popular intermediate route located near Rossland British Columbia. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 1,054 ft with a max elevation of 4,970 ft then descends -1,061 ft.
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19 Reviews & Comments

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jockslater (Jun 28, 2022 at 22:31)
Trail Larch Ridge
Tuesday's wind dropped a large tree onto the upper part of the trail.
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jockslater (Jun 28, 2022 at 22:31)
Trail Larch Ridge
Tuesday's wind dropped a large tree onto the upper part of the trail.
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graymanc (Jul 21, 2021 at 17:21)
Trail Monticola
This may be one of the best built Blue flow trails I've ridden! Berms for days!!! A must do if you have an hr to spare.
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Kemacaul (Jul 18, 2021 at 0:19)
Trail Monticola
Tree down on the trail today so I had to hike my bike around it.
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CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:24)
Trail Gibbard's
It's not exactly fun once you come off of Monticola, then onto COG to find yourself climbing the access road back to the parking area. It's one of those things where you say to yourself - I want to ride Monticola again, but this climb back out just sucks!
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CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:21)
Trail COG
Too short but hoping it'll be extended to get back to the parking area where Larch Ridge starts. Going up Gibbard's is just aweful!
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CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:19)
Trail Monticola
This has to be the funnest, flowy trail in Rossland. My god, is this trail the gem of Rossland or what? It starts off a bit technical on rocks but become loamy and flowy to the end. Incredible trail to say the least. Lots of small little jumps along the way. Just pure fun! If it wasn't for the aweful climb on the access road again, I'd do several loops of Larch Ridge and/or BS to get back onto Monticola. It's just that good!
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CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:13)
Trail Larch Ridge
Really nicely built trail with some technical rock sections. Good trail gets better once you get onto Monticola. The inital downhill section is really fun. Then you get into a bit of technical climbing and the trail just flows along. The trail is actually rated indigo, not blue since it does have black diamond rated rock features, but nothing like Full Monte.
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CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:13)
Trail Larch Ridge
Really nicely built trail with some technical rock sections. Good trail gets better once you get onto Monticola. The inital downhill section is really fun. Then you get into a bit of technical climbing and the trail just flows along. The trail is actually rated indigo, not blue since it does have black diamond rated rock features, but nothing like Full Monte.
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Ronaldo99 (Aug 18, 2020 at 12:13)
Trail Monticola
Beware!! There is a large tree down over the last bridge on Monticola! In a very dangerous hidden spot on the trail. Trail builders please mark/remove! Thanks!!
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mandyw (Aug 25, 2020 at 16:34)
Trail Monticola
Can you put that as a trail report so they notice?
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roamnwander (Jul 26, 2019 at 16:41)
Did this while on a road trip. Want to return just to do it again. Up and down is awesome for true blue.
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bendtrails COTA Saw Team (Sep 23, 2018 at 16:41)
Trail Gibbard's
vast majority of this is doubletrack and a good path if you don't want to drive to the TH.
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bendtrails COTA Saw Team (Sep 23, 2018 at 16:38)
Trail COG
Not much of a trail as it's so short but endless attention to detail in design and construction. Countless small bridges with water draining very well off this trail.
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bendtrails COTA Saw Team (Sep 23, 2018 at 16:36)
Trail Monticola
Really fun decent. Enjoyed the top, rocky section the most, with the short drops and rock rolls. The bottom half is super smooth and buff and very flowy. Very well built.
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bendtrails COTA Saw Team (Sep 23, 2018 at 16:35)
Trail Larch Ridge
Great climb to Monicola, and several nice rock features to keep things interesting.
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bendtrails COTA Saw Team (Sep 23, 2018 at 16:35)
Trail Larch Ridge
Great climb to Monicola, and several nice rock features to keep things interesting.
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cartoon (Aug 10, 2017 at 14:22)
Trail Monticola
Great trail, a true blue with 3 short blue+ drops. The flow for most of MC is super fun. Larch Ridge is a perfect xc climb up. Make sue to bring your phone for Trailforks as the climb back up the logging roads to the parking lot is not marked. Probably the best blue trail in Rossland area.
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radek Trailforks (Jul 25, 2017 at 20:41)
Trail Monticola
This was a fantastic trail. Great rocky and rooty bits up top and amazing let your brakes go hill side single track.
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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Route Type
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  • Bike type
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  • Direction
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  • Physical rating
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More Stats for Larch Ridge - Monticola Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,101 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,863 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,856 ft
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  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
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  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Larch Ridge
Aug 6, 2022 @ 10:27am
Aug 6, 2022
Monticola
Aug 6, 2022 @ 10:27am
Aug 6, 2022
COG
Aug 6, 2022 @ 10:27am
Aug 6, 2022
Gibbard's
Jul 11, 2022 @ 9:53am
Jul 11, 2022
Trail was clear. Hanna Creek is passable without getting feet wet if careful.
Neptune Creek FSR
Mar 7, 2021 @ 6:21pm
Mar 7, 2021
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