4,210 ft
Distance
521 ft
Climb
-24 ft
Descent
00:16:50
Avg time

Redtop (lower) Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Red Mountain
    Rossland, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May - Nov
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    A-Frame, Bridge, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2977 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
  • OSM Way

This description is for Upper and Lower Redtop. The trail to the top of Red Mountain is one of our finest and most popular trails. Built in the summer of 2008, with the support of Red Mountain Resorts, Redtop involves a strenuous climb to the summit of Rossland's iconic peak, followed by an exhilarating ride back down. The route is perfect for x-country enthusiasts or all mountain riders providing stunning views and captivating riding. The trail is almost entirely, purpose-built, singletrack, beginning in thick forest and gradually opening into more alpine terrain. Views of Rossland and the Columbia Valley are more revealed as height is gained.

Redtop trail begins on the Old Red Mtn Rd (400 m before Red Resort base). Another trailhead exists on the grassy slopes beside Red's ticket office but both trails join together in a short distance. The climb is efficient and enjoyable, consistently steep but never too severe, with many switchbacks to navigate the tough terrain. The Redhead trail is crossed on the lower section, then intersects with the end of Miners trail. This marks the split between Upper and Lower Redtop. Proceed up a short section of road (Dales Trail) which turns quickly back into sweet singletrack for the remainder of the journey. The upper section is characterized by side-hill traverses to rock-walled switchbacks at each end, as it zig-zags up onto more open slopes. Pass Poochys Cabin near the top and push on a little further to reach to the summit. Take a breath, admire the views, drop your seat and pedal down into the fast and flowy trail you just climbed.


Hints: Redtop is a dream ride when you have it uninterrupted. Peak periods, such as Saturday morning can cause minor conflict on the trail, with hikers and riders all striving for the same piece of trail. Avoid busy times if possible.

A great test for many riders is to clean Redtop from top to bottom. There are several challenges on the ascent, most requiring good bike handling skills and strong legs. Conserve your energy between switchbacks where the grade eases and allows a short moment of respite.

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More Stats for Redtop (lower) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    497 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,847 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,344 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,847 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,344 ft
  • Grade
    11.797%
  • Grade max
    -18.618%
  • Grade min
    32.214%
  • Distance climb
    3,299 ft
  • Distance down
    494 ft
  • Distance flat
    417 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:50
  • Avg reverse time
    00:14:21
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on Jul 28, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (7 votes)

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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Redtop (lower) Trail Reports

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      Jul 28, 2019 @ 9:30am
      Jul 28, 2019
      Blocked off Strava shortcut. There’s a few more too that need some rehab
      May 17, 2019 @ 8:25am
      May 17, 2019
      reporter The KCTS trail crew has completed annual maintenance.
      May 12, 2019 @ 9:57am
      May 12, 2019
      3 trees down.. location attached
      May 11, 2019 @ 6:38am
      May 11, 2019
      reporter Has been maintained by the KCTS trail crew up as far as the Redhead crossing. Windfall above.
      May 6, 2019 @ 12:58pm
      May 6, 2019
      Needs a chainsaw, snow blower and a rake
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 179 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,187 rides
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      Jul 28, 2019 @ 9:31am
      Jul 28, 2019
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      May 28, 2017 @ 2:41pm
      May 28, 2017
      188 |
      Jun 20, 2010 @ 4:49pm
      Jun 20, 2010

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