Distance: 3.8 km (one-way)
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 410 m
Elevation Loss: 34 m

Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Hard
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No

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Redtop is located in the Red Mountain Trails network and is a very popular trail among visitors and locals alike. The trail takes the rider to the top of Red Mountain, high above Rossland where you’ll be greeted with some incredible 360 degree views. Typically ridden as an out-and-back, the lower section of Redtop may be combined with other trails in the area to form the popular Redhead Loop. We recommended riding this fun trail in the late afternoons over the weekends or mid-day during the week, if you want to avoid heavy user traffic and have the trail to yourselves. Hikers and bikers flock to Redtop on sunny weekends and warm evenings in the summer. Please respect other trail users and give them right of way when possible.

Redtop begins by winding its way through a dark cedar forest from the base of Red Mountain up towards an access road. A short pedal along the open access road will take the rider over to more singletrack. This section of singletrack heads back into the woods for a brief and final period, before popping back out onto wide-open switchbacks winding their way up the hillside to the summit. There are some steep corners to negotiate as the trail keeps grinding its way right to the top. Take in the amazing views of Rossland, Red Resort and the south end of the Seven Summits trail from the summit of Redtop. Redtop doubles as an excellent descent, long and very flowy – just watch out for oncoming traffic when descending the trail. The full length is 3.8 km and includes a short section of access road, when ridden right from the base of the Red Mountain.

TRAILHEAD | N49 05.988 W117 48.913

The trailhead for Redtop is found at the base of Red Mountain. Take Hwy 3B north from Rossland to Red Mountain Road. Turn left onto Red Mountain Road and follow it to the parking area at the base of the mountain. From there look for the trailhead for Redtop, just west of the parking lot and near the base lodge. You may also access it via the Miners trail (halfway point) or via the bottom of the Redhead exit that spits out onto Red Mountain Road.

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