Distance: 3.4 km
Time: 20 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 66 m
Elevation Loss: 322 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: No
Whiskey is a downhill/all-mountain trail located in the south of Rossland. Separated by two access roads, Birch Main and Tiger Main, the trail comes in three distinct flavours. The first section of trail, also referred to as ‘Whiskey on the Rocks,’ begins with a 500 m climb to a high point and obvious start of the Whiskey descent. Pads and full-face helmet are optional, but not a bad idea. Whiskey on the Rocks combines rock slabs, bluffs and technical moves for an exciting start to the trail. Flowing this first section of trail doesn’t come easy and may require you to ride it a few times over so that you can properly link all the tech sections without losing your speed and having to push up in various spots. Note, you can avoid Whiskey on the Rocks all together, by accessing Whiskey lower down via Birch Main FSR. Albeit, you’d be missing out on a great section of technical trail.
The second section of Whiskey, once you cross Birch Main, is fast and fun. Lined with several Technical Trail Features, small booters, skinnies and a few tech rock slabs, this section will keep you engaged. Check you speed, keep limber and loose, and enjoy the technical flow.
The last flavour of the trail is all about the flow. It is mostly all buff singletrack trail railing into swooping corners and over several dirt jumps. The last TTF on the trail is a big one. A large five foot wooden drop onto a smooth landing, just before you pop out onto the Railgrade. You can choose to ride around it if this is beyond your ability, while an experienced rider will find this jump to float real nice onto a smooth and solid landing. Be sure to check your landing before you leap, if this is your first attempt. Once on the access road, pretty much after the drop, turn left and ride back to your parked retrieval vehicle or back down to town.
TRAILHEAD | N49 02.319 W117 47.793
The Whiskey trailhead is located at the 2 km mark on the Malde Creek FSR. A sign post is located on the left and may be hard to spot in the summer when the access for the trail will be covered by lush vegetation. Look for a well-defined pull-off to park your vehicle, at the fork in the road less than 100 m up from the trailhead. If you’re shuttling, remember to leave a retrieval vehicle at the Railgrade (off Gelez Road) and drive a shuttle to the top. The parking area for your retrieval off Gelez is easy to spot and located on the left when driving up to Whiskey. Whiskey ends on the Railgrade. Turn left (up) on the Railgrade and pedal the short 285 m to the carpark, or continue on to town.
N49 03.483 W117 47.932 (Retrieval Parking)
N49 02.319 W117 47.793 (Whiskey)
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