18 miles
Distance
4,537 ft
Climb
-5,098 ft
Descent
04:55:26
Avg time

Seven Summits Details

  • Riding area
    Rossland Range
    Rossland, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Extreme
  • Alpine Trail
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #631
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Seven Summits mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -560 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,584 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,223 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,163 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,603 ft
  • Grade
    -0.592%
  • Grade max
    -45.39%
  • Grade min
    84.084%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,936 ft
  • Avg time
    04:55:26
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Status:
on Jul 19, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (25 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to seven-summits trailhead (49.204260, -117.893860)
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Seven Summits Trail Reports

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Jul 19, 2018 @ 3:57pm
1 days
Riders, do not pay attention to the temp wrong way and arrow signs. They are confusing probably to SS virgins. They are for a running race this...
Jul 14, 2018 @ 8:04pm
Jul 14, 2018
Tree down at approx 20.5km from the parking lot at Nancy Green summit
Jul 8, 2018 @ 12:22pm
Jul 8, 2018
reporter Just a few small patches of snow remaining, otherwise riding well.
Jul 1, 2018 @ 3:17pm
Jul 1, 2018
reporter The trail is cleared of windfall and is mostly in great shape (as tacky as it gets) end to end. There’s still quite a bit (a couple of hundred...
Mar 19, 2018 @ 9:33am
Mar 19, 2018
reporter
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Seven Summits, My City
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Jun 19, 2018 @ 12:05pm
Jun 19, 2018
Seven Summits, Rossland

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 2
flag 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.
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