New Denver, British Columbia, Canada
The H-Road trail may be ridden in either direction or combined with trails in the area to form a loop. This is an intermediate trail with an easy climb or descent. It follows and old roadbed as it contours and switchbacks up the mountainside. Even though the surrounding forest is slowly encroaching on the trail, most sections are easy to ride and the trail itself is nicely shaded for your climb up, or quick rip down. The only challenging section of trail is the one closest to the Queen Bess Spur where the trail was logged several years ago. Here H-Road use to continue on in a leisurely way across the backside of Idaho Peak; however, it now climbs severely up to the Queen Bess. The climb is built into a small section of a deactivated logging road and it’s a lung-buster. As a descent it’s not bad, although some might find the trail a little bit on the narrow side. It’s best to take care when ascending or descending this section only because of the slash lying around on the downhill side of the trail. Partway up H-Road you’ll find the remains of the Viola Gray Mine and a magnificent view of Payne Mountain. It’s fun to climb up and explore what’s left of the building, just make sure you’ve kept up your tetanus shots and you’re very, very careful about where you step.
The ratings below are based on riding H-Road from the western trailhead to the east trailhead; ascending the trail.