7 miles
723 ft
-2,717 ft
Avg time

Frisby Ridge Details

  • Riding area
    Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Closed until July 15, 2017
  • Alpine Trail
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

This is a purpose built mt. bike trail, constructed by bikers, for bikers. A truly great trail with magnificent views, abundant wildflowers, and excellent riding. The trail climbs from a cutblock up through very impressive mountain hemlock sub-alpine forest and into the alpine meadows, cresting on a rolling ridge with views in all directions. It dips down to a small lake and turns back.

Access Info

The Revelstoke Cycling Association (RCA) with support from Recreation Sites and Trails British Columbia (RSTBC), has issued a Voluntary Closure of the Frisby Ridge XC Trail:

Lengthy sections of the trail - some of which are located in fragile alpine zones - have deteriorated or been damaged to a point that significant upgrades and remediation work is required. Several additional sections of trail could face similar issues unless they receive substantial interventions. The current condition of the trail has resulted from:

• Limitations of the original trail tread to withstand significant increase in traffic.
• Weather event coupled with fresh trail work and over-eager bikers through September 2015.

The first 2 weeks of September 2015 were especially damaging to the trail. The long-weekend that year was preceded by very heavy rain and unseasonably cool temperatures. Just weeks prior to this, the RCA trail maintenance crew undertook extensive dirt work to address drainage issues on some of the wettest areas of the trail. Unfortunately, long-weekend crowds and those that followed through the cold, wet September did not chose to find other trails to ride. The cold temperatures meant that the trail tread could not dry out and recover between rain events. The fresh maintenance work was still very soft and many hard-worked areas simply turned into quagmires under the heavy rain and biker traffic. Faced with mud holes and standing water, bikers began riding and walking off trail to link dryer sections together resulting in significant trail creep and damage to the sensitive surrounding areas.

The Revelstoke Cycling Association is undertaking an extensive upgrade and remediation project that will take place over the remainder of the 2016 biking season. This project will address drainage and erosion issues throughout the length of the trail and will utilize a combination of machine work and hand crews.
The RCA and RSTBC have issued this voluntary closure due to the current condition of the trail, the sensitive nature of the alpine environment and the nature of the upgrade and remediation work required. The risk of further damage to the trail and surrounding area is real as detours around work areas in fragile alpine zones would inevitably lead to more habitat damage in these areas.

For reasons of public safety, this Voluntary Closure will become a mandatory, Official Closure once the trail work begins in early August 2016. This closure will remain in effect until the rehabilitated trail re-opens for riding in July 2017.

Due to the annual July 15 mountain Cariboo closure and seasonal snowpack, The RCA was only very recently able to ground-truth the extent of the damage and disrepair to the trail. The RCA shares in the disappointment about the trail being closed for the remainder of this season, but we are confident and optimistic that the sacrifice and work of this year will create a better trail that we can all enjoy and be proud of for years to come. For a great alpine XC experience, we encourage riders to use the more technically challenging and advanced Keystone Standard Basin Trail. For a flow-trail descent similar to Frisby Ridge, try Flowdown at Mount Macpherson.

The RCA strongly encourages the riding community to embrace this opportunity to strengthen their commitment to ongoing trail stewardship not only in Revelstoke, but for all trails everywhere.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Frisby Ridge mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,993 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,265 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,611 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,258 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,265 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,916 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Oct 13, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.55 (28 votes)

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Frisby Ridge Trail Reports

Oct 13, 2017 @ 12:44am
Oct 13, 2017
Really wet! Snow patches and mix of frozen and melted mud. Come back 2018.
Oct 3, 2017 @ 9:41pm
Oct 3, 2017
Don't ride above tree line this year anymore . Turn around once you hide the views.
Oct 1, 2017 @ 4:05pm
Oct 1, 2017
Light dusting of snow at the top, really grippy conditions, a bit cold on the way down so bring some layers!
Sep 16, 2017 @ 7:25am
Sep 16, 2017
Perfect for riding Frisby right now. Trail is in great shape, the smoke is gone and there are no bugs. Get after it before the snow flies!
Aug 28, 2017 @ 7:44pm
Aug 28, 2017
Trail is in good shape wild Flowers are in full bloom beautiful ride
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4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag jeffsworks (Jun 27, 2017 at 13:15)
 Will Frisby be open/rideable by Sunday, July 2nd? Coming up from Vancouver for it.......
  • + 1
flag jimmyfiander (Jun 27, 2017 at 20:15)
 Not open until July 15th
  • + 0
flag supermrgolf (Aug 7, 2017 at 22:04)
 Dry and Dusty today
  • + 0
flag RevyHen (Oct 3, 2017 at 21:38)
 Things are getting pretty wet once you get above tree line. To keep the trail in good shape for next year I ask everyone to not ride past the tree line for the rest of 2017.
Please respect the trail!

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