18 miles
Distance
4,537 ft
Climb
-5,098 ft
Descent
05:05:03
Avg time

Seven Summits Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #599 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 50 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
  • 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
    05:05:03
  • Avg reverse time
    05:32:25
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on Jul 28, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.55 (44 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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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Seven Summits Trail Reports

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      Jul 28, 2020 @ 8:43am
      Jul 28, 2020
      Running good.
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 3:41pm
      Jul 11, 2020
      Down to about 5 minor short snow sections. Thanks to the vast majority of a surprising amount of early season riders who r not riding around the...
      Jul 11, 2020 @ 10:04am
      Jul 11, 2020
      Only a couple places with snow across. There is no difficulty on the short snow sections, so please try to stay there instead of making a new...
      Jul 8, 2020 @ 1:59pm
      Jul 8, 2020
      No more than 10 sub 50m segments with snow. Very rideable and gorgeous views. The few times we had to dismount were almost welcomed after steep...
      Jul 7, 2020 @ 5:15am
      Jul 7, 2020
      reporter Just a few short sections of snow remaining over the top, but otherwise cleared of windfall and in great condition. Please try to walk on snow...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 18 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 95 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      • 367 rides
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      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

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      Seven Summits / Dewdney (IMBA Epic)
      22 miles
      2017 Singletrack 6: Stage 3 - Seven Summits race
      22 miles
      Seven Summits and Ride Around
      44 miles

      3 Reviews & 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.
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Jbluteau (May 11, 2020 at 20:59)
       Can it be ridden in both directions? Terrible idea?!
      [Reply]

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