Choose Today’s Special
Distance: Approx. 12km
Time: Approx. 2 – 2.5 hours
Fall is one of my favourite times of year to hit the trails. The crisp air and changing colours makes for a great day on the bike. With over 300 km of trails to choose from sometimes, it’s hard to decide where to go. But it’s always fun to try something different and there is a new trail in town, Today’s Special.
Head to the Old Barn in Montane and follow Montane to Lower Uprooted to get warmed up for the main climb. Cross River Road and stay left on Uprooted to Hyper Ventilation. Settle in for the 300-metre climb and take in the views along the way. At the top stay right and follow the signs to Castle Rocks. Enjoy a bit of a break from the climb, descending into the trees and traversing along some rocky sections. At the next junction stay right following the signs to South Castle. Descend South Castle, cross the old cable and Today’s Special will be on the right-hand side. There are a number of switchbacks and a few steep sections to navigate. There is a short, steep climb that brings you up to a great viewpoint. From there keep it rolling along the ridge until the Elk Valley Trail intersection. Stay right and follow this back to Montane/Roots intersection. This is a great section of trail through the trees with some fun berms and rollers. Stay left, cross River Road, then stay right on Montane back to the barn.
Please note Today’s Special is a black and will still be a little fresh with construction just being completed in September of this year. Thank you to Mike Bragg and all the volunteers for working hard to get this done!