The winter season is almost over. But we can’t be sad when the start of bike season is upon us. In the months before the snow is back on the ground, we can look forward to flowing single track, gnarly lines, hero dirt, and stunning alpine rides. So, as much as we love winter; the start of summer is A-ok with us.
This might be the most exciting biking season in Revelstoke yet. Not only do we have an ever-growing network of trails primed for epic rides, but this season marks the first year of lift-accessed mountain biking in Revelstoke, as Revelstoke Mountain Resort unveils the Fifty Six Twenty trail. Slated to open as soon as the snow melts, this trail promises 15kms of flowy, machine-built trail spanning the entire 5620 vertical feet of Mt Mackenzie. From the alpine meadows of the upper mountain, through the lush rainforest to the base, this trail will give you one more reason to ride in Revelstoke this summer.
With so much choice, it’s hard to know where to start. It’s impossible to ride everything fun in one weekend but here are our suggestions:
Warm up with a lap of Miller Time, a nice cruisey loop through the forest, designed to be accessed by adaptive bikes, and a crowd pleaser with families of all shapes and sizes. This trail is accessed from the Griffith Creek parking lot, the hub of Mount Macpherson. Cruise up to Flowdown via Leap Frog and Dusty Beaver. This intermediate trail is (as the name suggests) flowy and fun and the (almost) 5kms of flowy single track fun brings you to Serenity Now to complete the loop.
Flow Down Loop from Griffith Creek:
Hit the Big Eddy Pub for a lunch stop and then head on out to Boulder Mountain for some downhill biking in the afternoon. You’ll probably want to set up shuttling for laps of Boulder, as the trails are downhill only. Start out with an intermediate trail, like Loggin’ Leftovers, then move on up to whatever your nerves can handle.
If you’re hitting Revelstoke in the summer months (after mid July most years), a bike trip wouldn’t be complete without some high alpine riding. For the more adventurous rider, try the Keystone Standard Basin. This 11km (one-way) ride into the backcountry features a techy climb leading into flowy alpine trail. Not for the faint of heart, this ride requires both bike and backcountry know-how, but the rewards are incredible!
Keystone Standard Basin:
If easier alpine access is what you are after, the Frisby Ridge trail is equally beautiful, but a little less demanding. While it’s an intermediate trail, it’s still in the backcountry, so proper preparation is essential. To get there, drive to the Frisby Ridge parking lot up the Frisby Ridge FSR (good vehicle clearance is necessary), and begin the climb into the stunning alpine through the sub alpine rainforest. Be mindful of the caribou closure which is in effect until July 15 each year. You can now ride an additional 5.7km of alpine bliss on the Frisby Vistas trail, (total ride – 17.7kms (one way)).
If you’re looking for more descending on Frisby, we’ve answered Moab’s Whole Enchilada, with a meal of our own! Known around here as “The Whole Teriyaki,”, take the Ultimate Frisby Connector (UFC) onto Ultimate Frisby as you reach the bottom of the Frisby Ridge trail. Disclaimer: The UFC and Ultimate Frisby are expert only trails, and they do not follow the same flow as Frisby Ridge.
Once you’re done with your day, head into town for a well deserved pint at one of the many bars and restaurants. Maybe even sneak a look in our local bike shops. After all, it’s a well known fact that the perfect number of bikes is the number you already own + 1!
Group Ride Opportunities:
Thursdays – Consider joining the Pedal and Pint ride, this group of loose Larrys (and Lassies) finish their rides at the River City Pub. Meet at 6pm at the Revelstoke Community Centre each week.
There are also many events and races throughout the season- find out more from the Revelstoke Cycling Association.
As with any outdoor activities, it’s important to make sure we enjoy our surroundings but leave them in tact for others. Please ride responsibly and respect the environment. Avoid riding wet trails and ensure that you never leave a trace. Please consider donating to the club as our trails are all built and maintained on the backs of our volunteers.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our mountain biking itinerary for more trail ideas.