Distance: 3.3 km
Time: 15 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 12 m
Elevation Loss: 515 m
Technical Rating: Expert
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No
B-12 is one of the steepest runs located on Mount 7; the steepest being Dead Dog. It’s an expert downhill run which descends along the ridge of a canyon, offering up some great views of the Kicking Horse River below. The trailhead is located 7 km up from the base of the mountain, and serves as a good indicator for the trail to follow. If you’re not comfortable dropping in to the steep switchbacking gully that lies before you, then reconsider attempting this trail altogether. There are other trails in the area more manageable, including 5KM and True Value.
Once you commit to riding B-12, there is no going back. Get ready for an exhilarating trail offering up some extremely steep signletrack. After the first set of steep switchbacks the trail eases for just a second, before getting even gnarlier. By the time you finish descending the first 1 km of trail, the radest part, your fingers will ache from braking hard and your rotors will be steaming hot! The remainder of the trail mellows out when compared with what you’ve just encountered and includes mostly tight singletrack traversing the hillside all the way to the baseball diamonds. 400 m before the diamonds, there is an option to drop down Kamikaze, if you’re not done with riding the steeps. Otherwise, continue past Kamikaze to the fields just ahead. Ride across the baseball diamonds, or along the east side of them using the Rotary trails. Pass through the residential area and pedal east, back on to Bowle-Evans Drive. Take Bowle-Evans Drive down to the base of Mount 7 where you began your shuttle.
TRAILHEAD | N51 17.408 W116 54.613
B-12 begins at the 7 km mark, left hand side (north) of the Bowle-Evans Drive access road.
bikepirate rating: 4 Skulls
There are no Technical Trail Features (TTFs) on this trail. The few that remain or not rideable. This is a fast and loose run that may cause you to scream like a little boy.