2.3 miles
Distance
32 ft
Climb
-1,553 ft
Descent
00:22:24
Avg time

Top Chief Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
  • Riding Area
    Nevis Range
    Fort William
  • AKA
    Red Giant
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May-Sept
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Drop, Jump, Rock Face, Skinny
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #2023 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in E-Biking
  • Year Opened
    2009

Board walk top section with fast sections and tight corners. Mid section along the ridge contains some board walk and natural bed rock with small features. Lower ridge line involves steep technical sections and an optional drop some technical bed rock sections that are both steep and rough. Bottom of the track opens up into fast flowy corners with loose surface and some jumps and features.

Was called the Red Giant, has now been renamed and regraded black as of the 2018 season

Access Info

Trail is assessed from Gondola Uplift and trail head can be found next to the Quad Chair Uplift

Bike Park

More Stats for Top Chief mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,521 ft
  • Altitude min
    586 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,107 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,107 ft
  • Altitude end
    586 ft
  • Grade
    -12.786%
  • Grade max
    -32.776%
  • Grade min
    15.158%
  • Distance climb
    551 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    280 ft
  • Avg time
    00:22:24
  • Avg reverse time
    00:08:36
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Status:
on Oct 17, 2020
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (22 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 5 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 17 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 759 rides
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      Photos

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      Jul 24, 2019 @ 2:42pm
      Jul 24, 2019

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