How To Ride Revelstoke’s Joss Peak

How To Ride Revelstoke’s Joss Peak

It was a long winter, and it’s still showing. This year, the BC Interior’s mountain tops are wearing frosted tips into July. But just like your cousin who kept his hair bleached and listened to The Offspring through the late 2000s, all things eventually come to an end and lead into the next. Now your cousin has a man bun and listens to Bon Iver, and the Interior mountains have just about opened their alpine bounty to bicycle wheels once again. If you’re jonesin’ to get up high, Revelstoke is no doubt on your list. Over the last five years, the 6,700-person Victorian town famous for its deep snow has become equally famous for its concentration of friendly and accessible alpine mountain bike rides. Situated 6.5 hours east of Vancouver on the cruisy Trans-Canada Highway, “Revy” has five legit trails that’ll get you above treeline. There’s the infamous Mount Cartier lookout, which is also a pioneering point for heli-biking; then there’s Keystone and Frisby, which are amongst the most coveted cross-country rides in North America; and Sale Mountain, offering a blistering 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) descent if your hands hold up. But the least talked about of alpine ride is Joss Peak. Tucked into the Monashee Mountains just west of Revelstoke, riding Joss Peak is a solid day trip for most folks, tracing the geological divide carved by the doughty Columbia River and Upper Arrow Lake. Leaving the low-lying jungle at the parking lot, the trail meanders at civilized grades through lush grasses drunk with moisture from snow melt. Early in the season, the bush is tall and grabby. Riders will...