The BC Trail

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    745 Mi.

    (1,199 KM)
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    (14,223 M)
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    (2,077 M)
The BC Trail is a 1,200 kilometer traverse of southern British Columbia, starting in the Fraser Valley and ending in Fernie, on the Alberta border. Following decommissioned rail trails, gravel side roads, forest service roads, and singletrack, the BC Trail boasts some of the most spectacular views the province has to offer.
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The BC Trail traverses eastward across British Columbia’s southern border. The route starts in Cultus Lake, a stone’s throw from Vancouver — where BC’s segment of the Trans Canada Trail leaves suburban pathways for dirt — and ends in the small Rocky Mountain ski town of Fernie.

In the early ‘90s the BC Trail began as part of the Trans Canada Trail project as an effort to expand the already-popular Kettle Valley Rail Trail across the province, from Victoria to the Alberta border. While the KVR segment from Princeton to Midway remains among Canada’s most popular off-pavement bike tours, this longer route, which showcases the bulk of BC’s Trans Canada Trail, with the exclusion of the Vancouver Island section and the convoluted maze of suburban bike paths in the Fraser Valley, offers less-developed riding for the more adventurous rider. While decommissioned rail trails still make up the majority of the terrain, don’t be fooled, many of these sections are rough and are hard on gear and riders alike.

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The BC Trail is arguably the best way to explore and visit the many breathtaking regions of British Columbia. The Coquihalla River Trail, Kettle Valley Rail Trail, and the Great Northern Rail Trail link some of the larger towns together, accompanied by scenic forest service roads and the occasional reminder that B.C is home to some technical, rocky singletrack. Popular destinations like the the Myra Canyon Trestles and old railroad tunnels are met alongside less travelled gems like Gray Creek Pass and elevated views of the Columbia River. The route mixes a healthy dose of frontcountry amenities with remote sections that require a bit more skill and planning.

As an added bonus, a self-supported bikepacking race, known as the BC Epic 1000, follows the BC Trail from Merritt to Fernie every June in true grand depart format. Lennard Pretorius of Kamloops, B.C first introduced the race in 2016 with only 7 of 14 riders finishing the route, and saw double the interest and a much higher completion rate in 2017. For riders looking for a surprisingly challenging bikepacking race, make sure to check out the links found in additional resources at the bottom of this page.

Route Development: The BC Trail is only a small portion of the government-organized, Trans Canada Trail (now rebranded as The Great Trail), which claims to be the world’s longest network of recreational trails, reaching 24,000km / 15,000mi in length. See The Great Trail website to learn more. Huge thanks to Skyler Des Roches for linking the BC Epic 1000 route together with the remainder of the BC Trail, especially on the western side of the route, and for his local knowledge which helped considerably in the development of the trail you see here. Another big thank-you to Lennard Pretorius for developing and organizing the BC Epic 1000, as it’s great to see more Canadian-based events available to riders. Lennard also provided incredibly detailed beta on the route, and was partly responsible for convincing me to ride the route.

Difficulty Rating: The BC Trail was assigned a 5 out of 10 based on the distance covered and the surprisingly harsh terrain the trails follow. Although the majority of the route is not technically difficult, there are some loose, sandy, and sections with repetitive washboard that can be hard on riders. The route has plenty of services, but there are a few remote sections along the trail that have limited bailout points, which could potentially force longer than anticipated days if a resupply is needed.

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  • Travel on what were some of the most expensive rail roads in the world to build through some of most scenic regions of Central B.C.
  • Trestles and tunnels up to a kilometre long, will remind you of the significance of the railroad in Canadian history.
  • Grey Creek Pass is a 1,500m climb over 17km, only those who have reached the top recognize the significance of this small hurdle.
  • Ride high above the remote valleys that link some of the resupply points together, each day brings on a new challenge and new rewards.
  • Cross from valley to valley with fantastic views into the expanse of mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes beyond.
  • The Balfour Ferry across Kootenay Lake before taking on Grey Creek Pass, it’s free and offers fantastic views of local mountain ranges.
  • The BC Epic 1000 is a self-supported bikepacking race with a grand depart each June that follows the Trans BC from Merritt to Fernie.
  • Passing through several unique geographic regions and quirky towns that provide great resupply points along the way.
  • 30km of hard packed flowy singletrack between Cranbrook and Wardner via the Chief Isadore Trail.
  • Do not underestimate the terrain. Although the route follows a great portion of the Trans Canada Trail, now known as the Great Trail, most sections are incredibly rough and are slow going.
  • Cell service is limited and often non existent between towns which can sometimes be up to 8 hours of riding, bring a SPOT or similar communication device.
  • There are wild animals along the route including but not limited to cougars, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, elk, and llamas. Bear spray is strongly recommended.
  • Snow can stick around at higher elevations along the route like Grey Creek Pass and Farron Pass, these sections are usually clear by late June.
  • The best time to ride the route is late June to September due to snow, as mentioned above, and grizzly activity between Salmo and Nelson.
  • Navigating the BC Trail is not easy and a GPS is highly recommended, make sure you have extra batteries or some way to charge it.
  • There’s no shortage of campgrounds, motels, and recreation sites along the route, many of which are labeled on the route map. Most recreation sites are free or only $12 to use, those looking to save cash should take advantage of these options.
  • Some small towns close down early in the day, and will then offer no amenities even if they are listed on the route map. If you are forced to stealth camp, do so legally and away from people’s properties. And as always, #leavenotrace.
  • There are many resupply points along the route, including fantastic restaurants, dodgy gas stations, and premium level grocery stores.
  • I carried a breakfast and a dinner on me at all times incase I showed up late to a small town, this was crucial on more than one occasion and a good habit to get into.
  • Pack a water purification system of some kind, a pump or tabs, as there is plenty of mountain runoff and small lakes along the route. I did fine carrying a 1.18 litre Klean Kanteen on my downtube and a 750 ml bottle up front, topping them both up as needed.
  • You may end up staying in a remote location, far from any store, so be prepared for an impromptu backcountry campout. Do not store food in your tent or where you sleep.
  • The majority of the route is rough, chunky, and often very sandy. Plus sized tires or a suspension fork is not a bad idea to help absorb the washboard riddled trails. One of the primary reasons for grand depart riders to drop out is not being prepared for the constant chatter while riding long days. C, chamois cream and proper hygiene are essential for putting in over 150km days.
  • All rail grade? No not really. Expect some pushing, some steep descents, and substantial elevation gain each day.
  • It is best, if possible, to arrange a pickup at the end of the route but you can pack up your bike and take a greyhound bus if that is your only option.
  • Sign the Trans Canada Trail registers in Midway, the Gray Creek Store, and any others you come across, these are used to allocate funding and aid in trail stewardship efforts.

Additional Resources

Have any questions about the route? Miles completed the BC Epic 1000 portion of the route in 5 days, 10 hours during the 2017 Grand Depart and invites any questions to be posted below.

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  • Thank you for this article.
    From Fernie this route could be extended to Banff matching TDR. I was researching that option since bus transportation from Vancouver BC to Banff AB is much cheaper than to Fernie BC. It will add additional 200km to the BC Trail.

  • Rob Grey

    nice writeup, and great photos! i couldn’t do the whole race this year, unfortunately, but was able to ride the first day to penticton, and it was a blast. truth about it not to be taken lightly, despite it being rail grade; washboard, loose, and sandy sections really wear on you after a day in the saddle. plus tires and/or suspension would definitely help, i had neither and wish i had something.

    also worth a mention is the heat, as it can get quite hot in the interior of bc depending on the time of year. water is your friend, there’s lots of it, top off your bottles regularly. also, watch for snakes sunning themselves on the trail, i saw several and almost hit a couple.

    one last thing: the pass at paleface mtn east of chilliwack lake can get quite grown in. last time i was up there the alders were… frustrating.

  • Cameron Dube

    Awesome write up and well done!

  • Thanks for the info Rob – will you take another shot at the full route next year?

  • Makes sense – we just didn’t want to extend it on a section none of us had ridden before, but maybe a quick overnighter could solve that…

  • Thanks Cam!

  • I really appreciate your hard work to present this route to wider bikepacking community. Thank you again!

  • Simon Lewis

    I was trying to piece together a route myself using the old KVR maps and books and now I don’t have to! Thanks for this!

  • fauxpho

    Math doesn’t add up on the Grey Creek Pass highlight (“20km climb with grades averaging around 15%”).
    20km at 15% = 3000m = 9900ft climb. The climb is actually less than half that elevation gain (~4800ft).
    Doesn’t make it easy, and I’m sure there are painful 15% segments, but perhaps less daunting to those considering the route to know its more like 9.5% average over 10 miles.

  • The climb begins at around 940km and peaks at 960km, there are definitely some 15% grades and also some sections that are closer to 9.5%, as you stated. Either way, it’s long and steep and took me 3 hours to get up, mostly riding, but definitely some stretches of hiking.

  • fauxpho

    The road grade numbers are well-documented: 17km climb at 8.8% average and 16% maximum gradient. Since 15% arguably means mandatory hike-a-bike for a loaded rig, I think its worthwhile carefully distinguishing between average and maximum, which the (otherwise excellent) write-up confuses. As a reader, I’m simply suggesting a very short & simple edit would improve clarity about the scale of this obstacle.

  • I hear ya, we will update asap to make things more clear!

  • We rode Gray Creek Pass on the second day of our three-month trip last year, while our bikes were still quite heavy with initial provisions, our last home-cooked meals in tupperware, and so on.

    The straight numbers: 17 km and 1500 metres of climbing from Gray Creek Store to the free camp spot just short of the summit. The climb took us 6 hours; we stopped to eat dinner on the way up, and pedaled the whole way on 24/36 granny gears.

    In hindsight this day was actually less challenging mentally than the next day into Kimberley and Cranbrook, where the net descent is still very bumpy and required more pedaling than you’d expect based on the profile.

    The other point worth mentioning is Gray Creek Pass is very remote and at 2000 metres elevation; it was early July and overnight temps dipped below freezing. Finding a suitable alpine tree to hang our food bag was challenging. All in all, I think Miles highlights this section because it truly is remote, and at the same time, wonderful.

  • Thanks Morgan! :)

  • Rob Grey

    just thought i’d pitch in my two cents. thanks for taking the time for the route description!

    as for next year, absolutely! but i’ll plan it out better and take off an appropriate amount of time so i’m able to finish, then enjoy fernie for a day or two while recovering.

    i was thinking about this route at work today, and all the sweet singletrack along the route. it’d be awesome to take a few weeks at a touring pace and ride all of the great trail systems along the way (and rehydrate at all the breweries in the adjacent towns). it’s really an embarrassment of riches in that regard: penticton and kelowna, rossland, kimberly, and fernie all have renown mtb trails. it could be a whole summer of marquee trails while touring a great dirt route through one of the most beautiful places around. it’s a great place to call home.

    now i’m just rambling…

  • Such a good point, and likely closer to what I would have done if track leaders didn’t peer pressure me into racing the route.. more to come on that.

  • Good point about the Paleface Pass. Going West to East, though, the stuff where it’s properly grown in is on the descent side. For me, it meant I could use gravity to just coast through the alder. It was like 30 minutes of deep forest bathing (i.e. getting repeatedly whipped in the face and arms by alder. Wear sunglasses.), but it didn’t slow progress in a notable way. The climb is also a bit brushy in places, but not so much that one can’t ride it – it mostly just affected the view (green tunnel). Bear spray is probably a wise accessory on such trails with poor visibility. All in all, a few hours of alder exfoliation with some great singletrack at the pass.

  • Rob Grey

    heh, yeah. i went for it even without a spot or registering with trackleaders. i guess i just wanted to see if i could keep a race pace going, even if i knew i’d be preemptively scratching in penticton. i hung with lennard until princeton, but he’s a beast…

  • Rob Grey

    agreed. i went east, then back west, and the return trip wasn’t the best. just wanted to throw a little caveat out there, for the people.

  • Another note, since it seems my warning waypoints didn’t come out on the map: On the KVR climb along the Coquihalla River, north of Hope, the route as mapped includes one wet-fording of the Coquihalla River. This will not be possible earlier in the season, at high water! To avoid wasting time, just don’t ever cross to the east side of the Coquihalla River. Where the GPS route briefly heads to the east bank, across a bridge, detour 5km kilometers on the highway shoulder.

    In late summer, the Coquihalla is relatively easily forded, and it’s nice to avoid even a few kilometers on a freeway.

  • lawdog

    “Must Know” part of the article says “There are wild animals along the route including but not limited to cougars, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, elk, and llamas. Bear spray is strongly recommended.” Really? Wild llamas?

  • They might have been behind a fence, but they definitely had a wild look in their eyes…

  • Biggermig

    Awesome write up! Thanks much for putting your time into this. Looking at train tickets to Vancouver, BC.

  • Mike Overend

    Fantastic write-up and resources Miles. Thank you so much for the contribution you are making to these trails. We certainly need more information. Another resource that has just been published is that highlights the Columbia & Western Rail Trail as well as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. The goal is to host information from all the rail trails across BC as they continue to develop.

  • Thanks Mike!

  • What is the minimum tire size recommended for this route? Would it be possible (or enjoyable) on 700×42?

  • Marc Conti

    We rode this route from Penticton to Canmore this summer and the TDR section from Elkford to Canmore certainly should not be miss.

  • David

    Hi Miles! Thanks for a great write-up and description! I am planning to complete this route from the Alberta border to Vancouver in July. I’ve done lots of backpacking (over 20,000 miles around the globe over a year and a half). But its been a while. And this time I am towing a trailer with my 2 year old son. His first major backpacking trip. And that adds some anxiety! Any thoughts on completing this route while towing a toddler in a WeeHoo trailer? Any concerns with going east to west? Can you point me towards some detailed maps that will help me plan? It is tough with the level of detail available on this website. Thanks so much!


  • wickedscholar

    Reading this article made me glad to be from the Okanagan. Hope to ride at least part of this route this summer.

  • Chris Follmar

    Zoran, do you have any info, links, GPS track on that possible connection with Banff? I may be adding that to my BC Epic 1000 after Fernie this year…

  • Zoran

    That section is part of TDR route. I found section on ride with GPS site. But I could mail you personally. my email is zoran dot vasic at

  • AB

    I’m curious about bike/tire choice.. I’d love to do this route but generally hate long distance travel on my mountain bike (niner hardtail) and prefer to use my gravel bike with 40 cm tires. I’m used to riding my gravel bike on rough trails. But I’m wondering if those of you who have done this would say “no way don’t bother with a gravel bike” or “eh you could do it but it wouldn’t be enjoyable” or “you’d probably be ok”. Also, what speed or mileage per day do experienced riders generally feel like they can maintain on this route?

  • You could do it on 40mm tires, but it wouldn’t be the most enjoyable. I’m thinking a good 2.1″ is the smallest I’d want to go. For the mileage question, I think around 100-150km per day is pretty attainable for experienced riders. Some days you’ll do more, and some days a bit less, as there are some sections that are quite smooth and easy going… and then there are sections that will take a toll on your body and gear.

  • If you ever want a get a taste of it, hit me up!

  • Hi David – sorry for the late response. Some sections might be OK for the trailer but definitely not the majority of it. It would be incredibly slow going. A fellow rode the BC Epic 1000 with a gear trailer, but there wasn’t a child in that one! As for maps, I’d check out the Back Road Map Books for BC – they are generally pretty good. Also check out . Cheers!

  • Possible, yes. Enjoyable…. unlikely. A good 2.1″ set up would be preferred.

  • David

    Hi Miles, thank you so much for your reply! I’m a bit confused… I wonder if this route differs significantly from the TCT described in various books and web sources? Is the TCT a friendlier route? I see lots of photos of people with BoB trailers and the like in those resources… Is the route above trailer prohibitive because of tight corners? Too steep to tow? Or? Thanks so much for any help – tough planning a trip sight unseen from so far away!

  • wickedscholar

    I will Miles – thanks!

  • The BC Trail follows a good portion of the TCT, now rebranded as The Great Trail, but it veers off in a few sections and these areas would be tricky for a trailer. Especially with a child in tow. There is singletrack, super bumpy / washboard riddled roads, and some lifting of the bike at times that is tiring with just one bike. Maybe it could be done, but it would be slow going.

  • David

    Thanks Miles. I’ll plan to stick more to the TCT proper then, and hope for a better experience with the loaded rig! I really appreciate your feedback!

  • My pleasure!

  • Chad Curd

    @milesarbour:disqus Thanks for the great write up! Do you think the trail would be passable in early June? I don’t know anything about when snow typically clears off trails in the BC area.

    @zoranvasi:disqus is TDR short for “The Divide Route”? Sorry, I’m not up to date on my bikepacking lingo. Also, do you have any information on when there is enough snowmelt to make the trail from Fernie to Banff passable?

  • @chadcurd:disqus It’s hard to say. Last year we only encountered snow on Grey Creek Pass, but a few weeks earlier it was almost impassable on that section. The majority of the route would be fine then though. I’d keep a close eye on the BC Epic 1000 facebook page, as Leonard (the organizer) did a good job updating us on the conditions of the pass. That’s the section you’d need to worry about.

    Regarding the TDR, it’s the Divide Route, if Grey Creek Pass is clear, you’d likely be fine to continue up to Banff as well!

  • Chad Curd

    Thanks again Miles, I really appreciate the help! To whom it may concern, the BC Epic FB page had this link to track the snow melt near Gray Creek Pass:

  • Robin

    I’m considering a part of this route for a weekend trip. As I’m in Vancouver I think I would go to Hope by the BC trail, and take the Loughheed Hw for the way back. So do you know about how long it is from Vancouver to Hope by the BC trail? I would consider to do it (to hope and bakc) in two long days, maybe 3. Do you think it is feasable? I am an experienced rider and can do more than 200km of good gravel road per day, but as you said the road isn’t that good, or is it up to Hope?

  • Hi Robin – I think it’s feasible to get done in 2-3 days of solid riding. The conditions get worse as you head East, so you’d be OK!

  • don’t forget about using the website There is very good information on that website. You’ll have some issues with a trailer on the TCT but I know of a couple who crossed BC with their two kids in tow ( using the TCT and the highways to get across during summer 2017.

  • Nathan Fenchak

    FYI, the POI aren’t included as waypoints if you download this GPX, and with no “View Full Route” link, it seems to be impossible to look at this route with the POI included anywhere other than on this page.

  • Hmm. I just checked the file and all the waypoints are there. How/where are you not seeing them?

  • Nathan Fenchak

    I downloaded it and re-uploaded it to RidewithGps, so I’m guessing soemthing isn’t set right on my side of things. However, I ended up finding the rwgps account and found the newer version of the route there, and I was able to piece together the information I was looking for between this, that, and the The Great Trail website.

    I’m gearing up for a tour next summer, and thinking about flying into Vancouver to see friends and then riding this route to meet up with the divide headed south. Flights to Vancouver seem cheaper than flights to Calgary, and I like Vancouver, so it might be a fun way to start a long summer of riding with pretty loose plans of flying home from Denver or Albuquerque at the end of September.

  • Liam Kirkpatrick

    Howdy Everyone. I’m going to be taking a crack at this route mid/late June. Looks like Grey Creek Pass might not open up in time (heavy snow this year). Does anyone have suggestions for a way to detour this section?

  • Hi Liam, don’t give up on the pass just yet. It was completely impassable the week leading up to the BC Epic 1000 last year and by the time we got there it was all clear. Check out for updates. Otherwise… you might have to just take the road South to Wynndel then head East from there along highway 3 / 95 up to Crankbrook. Not ideal, but an option for sure.

  • Michael Femia

    Once to finish, how did you guys get back to where you started? Is there any decent transit option?

  • There is a greyhound stop in Fernie, so that would be the best bet. Following the Tour Divide route up to Banff would probably open up the options a little bit, maybe hop in the back of someone’s RV…

  • Joel Krentz

    Sounds like most people do this ride from west to east, any comments on what it’s like going the opposite direction? I live outside Vancouver, planning on riding this year around end of August, was thinking of starting in Fernie and heading back home. Rather get the 12 hour bus trip over with beforehand instead of dreading it at the end.
    Appreciate any input anyone may have. Great write up, can’t wait to get started.

  • No problem at all riding it the opposite way. Can’t think of any reason why it wouldn’t work just fine!

  • Michael Folkes

    Thanks for the details you’ve shared. I’m curious, on your route between castlegar to nelson you head south to trail, salmo, then nelson. The TCT website map heads NE from castlegar to nelson. I also see their route has a lot of switchbacks west of nelson. I assume it’s just a case of you sticking with original railway grade and they’ve opted for the route acceptable to hikers?

  • Raphael

    Wonderful information put together nicely, thank you! I have one question about the elevation gain: What is the device you recorded the tour with? When i download the .gpx file into MapOut it says something around 18900m uphill while you are at 14200m. Do you have any experience with different Apps? I have figured that there are differences but this much?

  • Jamie

    Hey Miles,

    Only a week away and I’m considering touring this fantastic looking route. Were most of the riders using bivy setups or lightweight tents? I’ve never used the former myself. I enjoy a four wall shelter especially in Southern Ontario with the blood thirsty mosquitoes etc.



  • We go by what RWGPS says for those statistics, usually pretty accurate. I’ll look into it though.

  • Nailed it – just sticking to as much rail trail as possible, also follows the BC Epic 1000 route through there. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail officially ends in Midway, then the Columbia Western Rail Trail to Castlegar. The Nelson / Fort Sheppard Railway runs from Salmo to Nelson. #historylesson

  • Cass Gilbert

    In my experience, MapOut vastly overestimates cumulative climbing/descending, sometimes as much as doubling it. In most other ways, a great app!

  • Raphael

    Alright, thanks a lot!

  • Raphael

    Perfect, thank you for the help and the fast responding. We will figure it out pedalling anyway next month. We usually also use komoot to navigate, which forecasts around 12000m elevation gain, by the way. Seems to be difficult terrain to analyze:)

  • Ren

    Are there any parts of this trail that are bike-only? Google is letting me down. And does anyone have opinions about someone hiking the whole trail? Specifically this trail, not just hikers crossing your path whatever trail you happen to be on.

  • Nothing is bike-only, hiking the entire route would be possible. However, the section between Nelson and the Balfour Ferry is all on paved road and would not be an enjoyable walk, in my opinion. A few other paved sections, but nothing as long as the one I mentioned.

  • I believe most people used bivvy setups if they wanted to “race” – a lightweight 1 person or ultralight 2 person tent could work as well!

  • Jamie

    Thank you Miles!

  • Brett Ferguson

    So you Know. We are anything but your 20 something, hairy legged, vertical scaling, ultralight carrying, zero body fat, meaner than a wild cat, endurance riders. In our case you might triple those stats. We thought you might like to know what you will be encountering between Cultus Lake and Hope. The initial part of the trail has been brushed but unfortunately no one bothered to remove the debris…divert to highway and ride to Chilliwack Lake. Chilliwack Lake is gorgeous with a wonderful new camp ground. Leaving Chilliwack lake you begin a 4 plus mile climb which becomes a goat trail toward the top. Near the top of the climb you will find two deserted bikes that appear to have been there for at least a year. These unsuspecting individuals had attempted the ride on very cheap equipment that was totally destroyed. It appeared that they had taken what they could carry and hiked out.
    Now things get interesting. Did I mention that the entire climb up had taken place during a tropical monsoon. Tropical in the sense of the amount of rain but with temps in the low 40’s. As you begin your much anticipated decent, you might notice that you seem to be continually slapped in the face with aggressive wet leaves. Oh, did I mention the Alder? It appears that in this section of the BC/Canada Trail the Alder are winning. All kidding aside be forewarned, for much of the next 6-8 miles the trail is virtually non- existent. Numerous times we had to stop and make sure we were still on route. Alder grows at an amazing rate. Another year, with no maintenance, this section of Trail will be impassable.
    Challenges and hypothermia aside one can not find more beautiful terrain..Brett Ferguson

  • Liam Kirkpatrick

    I just finished riding this route with my mother (her first ride over 25 miles!). For those looking for a more relaxing adventure, we kept a pretty mellow pace (24 days total), but never had to carry more than 3 days of food. Awesome! A couple comments for those hoping to ride this incredible route route this summer:
    -Paleface pass is tough, and very overgrown, particularly on the Hope side. I see that Brett has made a similar comment; things must have grown in more since last summer. Definitely the crux of the whole ride. Anticipate pushing your bike downhill through miles of Alder thickets. Things improve once you cross over the creek. This was also pretty snowy on June 3. I think my mom was about to drop out after we went through this on only the third day of the trip.
    -There are two pretty significant washouts between Hope and Tulameen (in the last 5 miles before Brodie Siding). You’ll either have to carry your bikes over very steep and loose terrain (with some fall potential), or detour 5 miles on the highway.
    -There a quite a few washouts as you approach Summerland, but easily detoured.
    -The GPX file as posted above misses the singletrack between Cranbrook and Wardner. Where the map above has the route getting on the highway, the trail turns right (uphill), and then contours along parallel to the highway. You don’t have to get on the road until right before Wardner.
    -Grey Creek Pass was good to go (only a few small snowdrifts) as of June 20.

  • Shasta Wright

    My partner and I are looking at doing a similar ride, starting near Castlegar. Any recommendations on getting out east without a 12 hour bus ride??

  • Flying or bussing is pretty much the only realistic way to get across BC I think. Perhaps look into flying to Kelowna, and then renting a car to where you want to start?

  • Kay

    Hello! Wonderful trail. I am a beginner and looking to do this trail to promote my companies bike component. Do you think this is feasible for a beginnger to do it in 2 weeks?