Photo Essay: Really Freakin’ Rowdy in Revelstoke
We just wrapped up three consecutive trips in Revelstoke, BC, marking the first summer we’ve been allowed back into Canada after CoVid hit in early 2020. We had originally planned on starting up our operations in the summer of 2020, but unfortunately a pandemic shut things down for two full years. That all changed this summer, when we were able to greet three full groups of riders in Revelstoke, and show them some of the gnarliest, rowdiest trails they’ve seen. Ever.
“Holy sh*t, those were the hardest trails I’ve ever ridden.”
“I can’t believe I made it down that in one piece!”
“That was the best trail I’ve ever ridden. No wait, this morning was the best trail I’ve ever ridden! I can’t decide!”
From Martha Creek to Frisby DH to Boulder Mountain to Nakusp and everything in between, we showed these groups what we mean by “advanced riders only”…. and boy did it deliver! We’ll run you through a handful of our favorite trail areas- and our riders’ favorites too- with a selection of photos from the trips that do a good job of showing what you can expect.
Sitting just outside of town, Boulder Mountain is chock full of ridiculously fun trails: everything from flow trails to jump lines, to some of the steepest tech you’ll ever ride. There’s an opportunity to session jumps, drops, slabs, and steep chutes that will help you progress as a rider in a matter of hours. All the trails here are accessed by shuttle, and some of our favorites are: Boondocker, Rooster, Loggin’ Leftovers, Tall Timber, Bike Club, Man Quads, and of course the Detention Center!
UFC, Frisby Connector, & Frisby Downhill
Also just outside of town (basically IN town) are the Frisby trails, which are accessed with a quick shuttle to the main parking lot. The trail drops about 3,000 feet in right around 4-5 miles, and the trail gets progressively more gnarly as you get into it. UFC starts out as a flowy trail with sharp corners and some fun kickers. Frisby Connector then gets into a little steeper terrain while introducing you to some techy rock sections, and then you’re into the steeps on the Frisby DH trail. This is always one of our favorites, especially when you time it just right for hero dirt!
Nakusp (Abriel Mountain)
About 60 miles south of Revelstoke, the Nakusp trail system is a great one-off day to escape the steeps and get into a different kind of tech. Sure, there are still steep loamers like Loamly Lion, but most of the trails here are a little more mellow (relatively speaking, of course) while having super fun features to keep you on your toes. Gaps, drops, slabs, and chutes are the name of the game in Nakusp.
Just up the Columbia River valley from town sits the Martha Creek trail, which drops from the top of Sale Mountain. Typically this is accessed with a shuttle up a long 4×4 road, but on our second trip in mid July, we managed a heli drop since the road was impassable due to lingering snow (the last group hit Martha with a regular shuttle, since the snow melted quickly!). Martha Creek is full-on physical with non-stop rocks and roots, and it drops around 5,000 feet in just over 6 miles. Yes, you read that right. While there’s nothing *super* technical on Martha Creek, you can expect to be dead tired at the bottom of this trail as it’s one of the most physical we’ve ridden anywhere.
But what about Mt. Cartier? Unfortunately, we’re currently unable to ride Cartier due to a bridge being out at the bottom of the trail. It’s been a “to-do” for the BC government for a while now, but it hasn’t been repaired/replaced and so the trail is officially closed. We’re hoping it is fixed in time for our 2023 trips, as it’ll be an incredible addition to what we’ve got planned!