There are several options to explore when riding the Montane Traverse. My favourite option is option 1 described below.
Option 1: Ride Montane Traverse over to Tibits Quarry Trail, across Ridge Traverse and down the last bit of Meander Trail to finish your ride at the Harvie Heights Road. From there you will pedal back along the road. This option takes in the whole Montane Traverse and includes the infamous Microwave Drop – near the end of Montane Traverse.
Option 2: Ride Montane Traverse over to Johny’s Trail, which will spit you back out at the Cross Zee Ranch near the Harvie Heights Road.
Option 3: Ride Montane Traverse over to Meander Trail. Descend down Meander Trail and ride back along Harvie Heights Road. The Meander Trail descent is super fun and worth checking out if you’ve never ridden it.
Johny’s Trail (2.0 km): Johny’s Trail is a short trail composed of doubletrack and singletrack. It crosses the dried up creek bed and spits you out at the Cross Zee Ranch near the road. Take this option if you want to shorten your ride; otherwise it’s not worth doing, aside from the neat structure built to get over some fallen trees.
Meander Trail (2.8 km): This fun singletrack trail descends back down to the road. It’s a great option if you want to mix it up. The trail is super buff, making it a fast ride down.
Tibits Quarry Trail (930 m): This super fun and fast descent either spits you out at Harvie Heights or connects you to the Ridge Traverse (my preference) which takes you over to Meander Trail and out to the carpark located on Harvie Heights Road.
Ridge Traverse Trail (1.4 km): This great little connecting trail puts you on the last bit of Meander Trail, which will take you back down to the Harvie Heights Road.