|Kicked it off with Jumpingpound to Cox Hill|
|With pretty much all the climbing behind us, getting ready for a nice long descent!|
|Only my first ride on this trail this year :( It's a longer ride now since you have to start somewhere else and the ride back to the car!|
|Some open meadow and ridge riding closer to home leads to this interesting perspective|
|Afternoon thundershowers are turning everything a beautiful green!|
First up was Brewer Creek to Panorama. The ride is well described in Doug Eastcott's Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook, the Bible for mountain biking around here! The route also served as Stage 1 of the 2008 Trans Walkies, although they travelled the opposite way we had planned. I rode with my brother, my friend Martin, and his buddy, Pierre.
With rumours that the last descent may be a little overgrown, we were a little skeptical, but thankfully we knew there was a way around that as the TR stage entered from a different trail, albeit with some boring gravel road rather than exciting singletrack. Anyways, we set off on the long 25km logging road access, found the road had washed out just before the trailhead (still passable on the bike) and any easy picking parking spots were already occupied by hiker's vehicles. So we parked at the bottom of the last steep hill, by a small bridge.
|Up at the lake! A nice stop after some steep climbs in the trees and some open meadow riding.|
|Due to the nature of the ground, the trail loses its definition, but this and the next picture should help! Climb the ridge to past where Pierre is standing (top left) and drop into the scree!|
|The descent continues from the bottom of this scree slope.|
And that continued with a short, but fun descent, before some steep climbs along sidehills that required some pushing, both of our bikes, and of our abilities to try to clean some sections!
|loose scree sidehills, keep an easy grip on the handlebars!|
|Great spot for a lunch stop|
|Some fun along the ridge back to the top of Panorama ski hill|
Great ride. I would like to try to do the last descent properly, I've heard it's awesome, but it is a good idea to call the bike shops first to see if they know what kind of condition it is in (overgrown?). It would be cool to access that descent from the top of Panorama. It would be fairly quick, and no need for a long car shuttle. Another suggestion would be to ride Brewer to Pano, but start earlier on the road to make the car shuttle shorter.
Well how do you live up to that? Well you go out and do a different one the next day! We rolled out along the Spillimacheen FSR with the plan of riding up to the Bald Hills. Unfortunately Martin was called to go fight a fire. In an interesting plot twist, he was in the same area, and we even saw the helicopter he was in, parked in a meadow!
10kms of slight rolling uphill over rougher trails brought us to the base of a short climb up into the alpine. With some pushing and some riding, we were once again in an amazing place!
|It was like an entire network of Frisby Ridge up there!|
|Climbers should recognize those mountains, though they are used to seeing them from a different angle. I hope Parks Canada opens up Beaver Valley-Copperstain to mountain bikers so that we can access from the other side, go point to point, etc...|