17.9 miles
Distance
3,610 ft
Climb
-4,174 ft
Descent
05:19:13
Avg time

Seven Summits Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Rossland Range
    Rossland, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #1637 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #72 in Trail Running
    • #28072 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
  • OSM Way

The Seven Summits trail, completed in the summer of 2004 by the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society (KCTS), is a spectacular point to point single-track traverse of the Rossland Range. Widely acclaimed by mountain bikers, acknowledged by the International Mountain Biking Association as an official Epic, and awarded the 2007 ‘Trail of the Year’ by Bike magazine, it is the crown jewel of the Rossland trail network. Challenging, adventurous, and spectacular, it is a true epic ride.

Riding the Seven Summits is a significant undertaking, and for most riders it will take the better part of a day. It’s long (30.4km officially, but 36km if the Dewdney trail is included), unrelentingly technical, and physical demanding (1035m of vertical gain). Lung bursting climbs alternate with exciting descents and swooping singletrack through high-country meadows, dramatic ridges and mountain forests. The fastest expert XC riders can complete the entire distance in less than 3 hours, while competent recreational riders will walk some sections, and take 6 hours or more. Although the trail is free from stunts, jumps or severe steepness, it’s not suitable for beginners, with the majority of riding falling between intermediate and advance levels. The climbs are long and strenuous, however, most grades are moderate and are not overly sustained. Riders can expect the highest level of trail maintenance on the Seven Summits as the KCTS works to provide a quality trail experience for users. Typically the trail opens by July 1st, and closes in October with the first snowfalls.

The Seven Summits trail is designed to be ridden in a North – South direction, and to link with the Dewdney trail. Leave a vehicle at the bottom of the Dewdney trail on Hwy 22, near the US Border in Paterson (12 km South of Rossland) and arrange a 30km shuttle to Nancy Greene Pass. The trail begins immediately behind the trailhead kiosk at the Pass. Marathon riders and masochists can complete the entire loop from Rossland, adding a climb of Doukhobor Draw for the full experience. The Seven Summits trail is very remote, with no water available, so riders should be completely selfsufficient and prepared for mountain weather. Cell phone coverage is not consistent.

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More Stats for Seven Summits mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -564 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,601 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,223 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,166 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,603 ft
  • Grade
    -0.6%
  • Grade max
    -69%
  • Grade min
    56.4%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,189 ft
  • Avg time
    05:19:13
  • Avg reverse time
    04:23:15
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on Aug 6, 2022
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Avg: 4.45 (54 votes)
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      Seven Summits Trail Reports

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      Aug 6, 2022 @ 5:57pm
      Aug 6, 2022
      What a time ! bloody shattered, but a wicked trails, thanks to the local trail team ! water running at spring as of today 6th August. added photo...
      Jul 24, 2022 @ 6:03pm
      Jul 24, 2022
      reporter Trees cleared.
      Jul 15, 2022 @ 10:19am
      Jul 15, 2022
      Two trees down across and blocking trail. Looked like recent blowdowns, one near south end of SS section and one on Dewdney at approximately 32k...
      Jul 14, 2022 @ 6:47pm
      Jul 14, 2022
      Just a few minor sections with snow but easy to walk over. At most 100 metres of snow. Clear otherwise thank to the trail maintenance.
      Jul 11, 2022 @ 11:49am
      Jul 11, 2022
      Still about 3 km of snow around Plewman. Thanks to all that cleared the windfall!
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      • 17 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      • Last: Aug 13, 2022

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      Trail Lists

      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      cneufeld (Jul 16, 2021 at 18:53)
      Rode it today for the first time . Awesome trip ! No smoke. That first climb is a doozy and I found the down hill pretty challenging - such a huge descent
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      barrup (Jun 14, 2021 at 10:01)
      We rode it as an out and back in 2018. 46 miles 10.088' climbing. Super fun day.
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      • + 2
      CSharp (Sep 25, 2020 at 10:36)
      What an epic ride! Starts of with a gentle 5-10% grade and easy climbing with variable loam and some rocks. Then, starting about half way up the first 3-4km, the climb gets more steep (10-16% grade) and more technical with roots and rocks all the way to the first peak. The first descent is interesting as you go to the back side along the ridge towards Red Mountain. Pretty much all the downs are chunky, just rocks and more rocks. The second ascend is probably the toughest climbs of all on the Seven Summits. The 3rd and 4th climbs are not as hard. The 3rd climb has a lot more switchbacks and somewhat technical as you have to get through more rocks on the climbs but all doable. The final downs is still chunky and you can't get any flow and speed until the remaining 2km. Great scenery at the peaks and the smell of the forest as you're going up is amazing! Expect at least a 4 hour moving time and a 7 hour trip time - it'll feel like you've gone through 7 actual peaks at the end of your ride.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Jbluteau (May 11, 2020 at 20:59)
      Can it be ridden in both directions? Terrible idea?!
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      • + 0
      fri501pm (Jul 13, 2019 at 7:36)
      Awesome trail with great views. This is NOT a black in terms of technical difficulty. Good fitness is necessary. There is a piped spring that crosses the trail at 11.3 miles. It is currently flowing.
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      • + 2
      Chorton (Apr 1, 2018 at 16:14)
      Rode this last year. An “epic” ride to say the very least.
      Will never forget it’s sheer awesomeness.
      [Reply]





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