Day 6: Keystone Standard Basin Mountain bike ride

 
 
 
 
 
  
We had a very good home cooked breakfast at the B&B, and then even though it was still raining we headed out to ride at the keystone standard basin. From Revelstoke we drove north on Hwy 23 for about 50km, until we came to the turning for the logging road up to the trail head.
We drove about 15km up the logging road until we got to the keystone standard basin trail head. It was raining lightly at the trail head, so we put on our waterproofs and headed out on the trail.
The trail headed up from the car park through an area of open vegetation as it was raining quite hard I didn't take any pictures, then the trail headed up through woods, the roots and rocks were very slippery as we headed up the trail. And the lack of traction in the wet had us pushing a couple of times. A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

The clouds were down as we rode up the trail, it was wet and cold. As can be seen in the pictures the singletrack was very narrow in places, I didn't get much video footage on this ride, as the cold played havoc with the battery's in my helmet cam, and I'd forgotten to charge my spare battery's.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

Keystone Single track on the way out Video (43 MB)

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

The trail headed through alpine meadows that were lush with vegetation, if it hadn't been covered with snow earlier on in the week, the flowers would have looked great.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

At time it stopped raining , but that didn't stop is from getting wet as all the vegetation that was hanging over the path was wet, and there were numerous steam crossing. At time the trail flowed nicely along even in the wet. In a couple of spots there was still some snow under the trees. We were the only people riding along the trail.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

Keystone Standard Basin singletrack Video (41 MB)

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

Keystone Standard Basin Singletrack Video (4 MB)

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

At time the clouds cleared and we had fleeting views of other mountains.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

The trail headed down across some meadows and through a larger stream , and then had to negotiate a couple of large snow drifts. Clare wanted to go back at this point, but I managed to talk her into carrying on a bit further. We then headed up a very steep gradient on loose rock, which headed up and round an outcrop of rock.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

As we rode along through the scree slopes we saw and heard Marmots and Pika's amongst the rocks, they were not afraid of us and just sat on their rocks watching us, as we rode past them. Even staying ut when we stopped and took some pictures of them.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride At the point the trail started to head up again steeply , Clare said she didn't want to go any further so we turned around and headed back the way we had come. A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

In places the slope was very steep

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

We were suprised to see a couple of humming birds as we rode back along the trail, but they were too quick for us take pictures of them.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

As we got closer to the start of the ride it started to stop raining and clear up, It was shame we had turned around before we got to the end as the weather would have much better on the way back.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

The descent back through the lower woods was much more fun that the ride up.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

Back down towards the trail head, we finally got to see snatches of view across the valley, but the cloud was still down.

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride

Keystone Basin Trail Head

A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride A very wet Keystone standard basin singletrack mountain bike ride
Keystone Map

I'd enjoyed the ride even with the wet and cold, but I would only come back and do it again if it was a dry day !!

At the car park it had stopped raining, but a new Hazard became evident mosquito's although they were quite sluggish in the cold they started to come after us , so we packed the card as quickly as we could and set off back down the logging road.

Ride Profile
We then drove back to Revelstoke and stopped at Zala's Steak & Pizza House I had a huge pizza and clare had pasta , the food was quite good. We then drove back to Griffin Lake B&B. I was getting sick of the long drive to the B&B from Revelstoke and next time we come to the area we wont stay so far out. Piza at Zala's Revelstoke

DAY 7