3,898 ft
Distance
262 ft
Climb
-16 ft
Descent
00:25:46
Avg time

Lower K2 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Cartwright Mountain
    Summerland, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Jump
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in E-Biking
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking

A physically demanding trail with some moderate exposure and tight switchbacks. Lower K2 is often used as a climbing trail from the end of Chez Nic (and the end of Hermiston Drive) up to the pond on the east side of Cartwright. Some of the steeper, looser pitches are challenging. From the pond, you can return down the way you came up (which is the easiest option). Or if you want a more challenging descent, descend Roxy Roller, a DH-only trail with loose shale and some technical features. If you want to go higher from the pond, continue onto the Upper K2 loop and Hairway to Steven.

Access Info

Access via the top of Chez Nic trail.

This trail is unsanctioned.

More Stats for Lower K2 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    248 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,224 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,472 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,224 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,470 ft
  • Grade
    6.4%
  • Grade max
    -12.5%
  • Grade min
    27.8%
  • Distance climb
    3,284 ft
  • Distance down
    574 ft
  • Distance flat
    39 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:46
  • Avg reverse time
    00:29:22
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Status:
on May 26, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.65 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Lower K2 Trail Reports

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      May 26, 2021 @ 7:50am
      May 26, 2021
      Mar 27, 2021 @ 5:37pm
      Mar 27, 2021
      reporter Drying out quickly -- not much mud left at the north end now, all rideable and fun.
      Mar 10, 2021 @ 1:42pm
      Mar 10, 2021
      reporter Lower sections aren't too bad. The far north end still has snow and mud, not great for riding yet.
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 11:35am
      Aug 22, 2020
      Great condition
      Aug 4, 2020 @ 9:46am
      Aug 4, 2020
      Fun trail could use some signage
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 27 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 32 rides
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      AXX72 (Aug 3, 2019 at 10:18)
       Great Trail! Trail is denoted by well place logs and rock carins. One or two spots on the descent where directions need to be clearer as trail takes sharp turns. Judging by the trail wear in the wrong direction you can see 90% of people blow those corners. Just need a little bit more indicators on the downhill portion. Probably should be black rated trail as there are a number of natural drop features combined with some pretty steep shale. Oh most bermed corners are really well built.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      rollon (Aug 5, 2019 at 7:56)
       Thanks for the comments. If you can remember, which corner(s) on the DH were an issue? I'm making a DH line separate from the climb line so I've limited the amount of signage going down the climb line. I don't want riders to get lost though.
      I was torn between rating it a black or a tough blue trail. I appreciate your input on this.
      Cheers,
      Kevin
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      CalebDykstra (Apr 7, 2020 at 18:50)
       I love this trail but can be technical. It was very entertaining and has a great view of summerland.
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      • + 0
      nkast (May 8, 2020 at 7:46)
       Sweet ride, beautiful view
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      • + 0
      jritchie17 (Aug 29, 2020 at 8:30)
       Rode K2 for first time today. Demanding climb- a bit confusing to know where the trail goes on uphill - maybe just needs a few more logs pointing the direction of the trail. Still a fun add on to the Test- makes for a pretty big ride!
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      • + 0
      ChrisPatrick (Aug 30, 2020 at 15:39)
       Awesome ride! A lot of hard work was put into this trail for sure!
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