Typically, the trail opens sometime in July and closes with the first snowfalls in October. The trail is remote, with no water available and large sections of no cell phone coverage. Runners are expected to be completely self-sufficient and prepared for mountain weather.
For most rehear, the Seven Summits is a significant undertaking, consuming a full day, if not multiple days. It is long, sustained, and physically demanding. Lung-busting climbs alternate with exciting descents and swooping singletrack through sub-alpine meadows, dramatic ridges and mountain forests.
Most runners park at the Dewdney trailhead (finish), and utilize a shuttle to the Nancy Greene Pass trailhead (start).
The trail starts with a long climb to the summit of Mt Elgood, which is a test of pacing and stamina. The next undulating section through the alpine is the most scenic. Unnecessary Ridge is a long, and in places very rough descent to Gibbards Junction. Another big climb up Mt Kirkup and a descent from Grey Mountain gets you to Red Mountain Ski Resort and the only reasonable option for a bailout (via South-side road).
Another climb onto White Wolf Ridge, a short descent then another climb gets you to the top of Record Ridge. From here it's still a long way, but mostly descending. Lots of strenuous running and a unique grasslands section get you to the top of the Dewdney Trail. From here, you can make your way back to Rossland on the Old Cascade Hwy, but most will choose to descend the Dewdney Trail to their waiting vehicle and well-deserved cold beers.
Shared By: Brian Smith