McDougall Rim

Rose Valley's classic long ride is well worth the hype!

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
20 km
Ascent
844 m
Descent
844 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
630 m
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
10˚
McDougall Rim Map

There are many fabulous rides to be had around Rose Valley, but this is probably the toughest and best of them all. The ascent is hard but it takes you through some wonderful, wild forests and puts you in position for a superb descent. The riding is varied, the views huge and the ambience typically Canadian.

Description

Park in the forested parking lot at the northernmost end of Bartley Road, and begin the route by riding up a gentle and straightforward fire road which heads north into the wilderness. After a couple of kilometres you'll reach a wooden bridge and a split in the road. Turn right and don't cross the bridge - there's a photo on this route showing the junction.

Climb up the increasingly rough and challenging fire road, keeping right at every opportunity. There are times at which the track gets too steep and loose to be rideable, but you should still be able to stay in the saddle for the vast majority of the climb.

There are a few occasions where tracks branch off, so keep checking FATMAP to make sure you're en route at each such junction.

Eventually the trail leads onto the long, undulating and rounded ridge to the north of Mount Hayman. Ride along this all the way to the small metal building which marks the summit of the peak. From here on out, it's fun all the way!

Winding through trees and linking a series of clearings - all of which provide huge views across Rose Valley Lake and the Okanagan Valley - the descent trail is always interesting without ever being overly difficult. Much of it is wonderfully flowy and the technical sections are usually pretty brief. Keep on charging all the way down to the parking lot!

When you get down, toast having completed Rose Valley's finest ride!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Hike a bike
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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