18 miles
Distance
4,537 ft
Climb
-5,098 ft
Descent
05:00:42
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
    #512
  • 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 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
    05:00:42
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Status:
on Oct 18, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.6 (28 votes)

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Activity Type
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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Oct 18, 2018 @ 2:42pm
Oct 18, 2018
Snow, mud and frost layers have made the Lepsoe climb very difficult. Is it possible? Yes, but not recommended.
Sep 28, 2018 @ 6:37pm
Sep 28, 2018
Heads up for big ground hornets’ nest towards end of big meadow (Record Ridge) in middle of trail. Dewdney has a tree down roughly half way down.
Sep 27, 2018 @ 10:53am
Sep 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018 @ 5:48pm
Jul 27, 2018
In great shape - only dusty in a few spots. The signed spring water about 17km in is a great place to reload water if low.
Jul 19, 2018 @ 3:57pm
Jul 19, 2018
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...
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Trail Lists

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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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