5 miles
1,305 ft
-1,305 ft
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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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
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,687 ft
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
Layers winter
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
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  • Icy
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  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
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Monticola Rossland BC- Top to Bottom
Monticola Rossland BC- Top to Bottom
trail: Monticola
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Aug 15, 2018

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Aug 9, 2018 @ 1:49pm
Aug 9, 2018
The logging company is in road building on their property between the reservoir and Torreson’s cabin. My understanding is that they will be loggin from there up through Jeldness and Aqueduct. This means if you are riding back to town from Monticola/COG you will have to take other XC ski trails to get out. They are Boomer up to a long way back on the highway or to drop down to Mugwump and exit via Mayer road back to the normal Mann Rd area. The possible good news is that this logging might reopen the possibility of a dedicated mtb single track/XC classic trail from below COG to the Black Jack Parking. Fingers crossed!
Larch Ridge
Jul 11, 2018 @ 5:43am
Jul 11, 2018
Trail is in great shape, nice and tacky after the recent rain.
Jul 11, 2018 @ 5:43am
Jul 11, 2018
Large tree across trail 1/3 of the way down. Trail is in great shape despite the tree down, nice and tacky after the recent rain.
Jul 11, 2018 @ 5:43am
Jul 11, 2018
Trail is in great shape, nice and tacky after the recent rain.
Biathlon Loop Connector
Jul 11, 2018 @ 5:43am
Jul 11, 2018
One small tree down, can be hoped over.
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