SUNNYSIDE IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Sunnyside downhill trail is closed while we resolve some administrative issues with Rec Sites & Trails BC. The climb trail is open to everyone including hikers and runners, but the descent trail is not open, meaning everyone has to return via the climb trail.
Thank you for respecting the closure. We will let you know when it is open.
What is Sunnyside?
Sunnyside is the new trail network being developed by the Revelstoke Cycling Association.
Sunnyside represents an opportunity for the RCA to build a modern mountain bike trail network in a forest that has not been logged and is not expected to be logged any time soon. It is also southwest facing, meaning it melts out sooner than our other trail networks, which will extend our riding season and allow us to spend more time on bikes!
Where is Sunnyside?
The Sunnyside trailhead is located on Airport Way, 12 kilometres south of downtown Revelstoke.
I’ve looked at the trail – why is the trail so wide?
Our first descent trail is a machine built intermediate jump trail. Machine built trails tend to be wider than hand built trails to allow riders a flowier descent, a different riding experience to the other trails in Revelstoke. The trail is built to International Mountain Bike Association standards.
What about parking?
A parking plan was created by Recreation Sites & Trails BC and the Ministry of Transportation before Sunnyside was approved. Parking will be limited to the existing spaces until a new parking lot is built. We highly encourage people to bike from town. If the parking lot is full, there is room to park at the mailboxes only a few kilometres north of the trailhead.
What are you going to do to mitigate impacts to the environment caused by trail construction?
We expect Mother Nature to quickly cover up most of the impacts, but just in case, we have prepared a revegetation plan and will work with Recreation Sites & Trails to repair any areas damaged by trail construction.
What else are you going to build up there?
So far, we’ve received approval to build the climb trail (Sunnyside Up), a jump trail (Haulin’ Daze), and two black descent trails. Our goal is to continue to develop Sunnyside higher up the mountain.
What about the Mount Cartier trail?
The Cartier trail is still open; however, the very bottom has been re-routed to follow our new climb trail until it connects to the Cartier trail. This decision was made by Rec Sites & Trails due to issues with a previous, unauthorized re-route of the Cartier Trail that brought it through some very muddy areas. RSTBC considered this section unsustainable, so it was decommissioned.
Can I ride my e-bike on Sunnyside?
Sunnyside’s trails will be open to pedal-assist e-bikes. All trails at Sunnyside are one-way, so there’s no chance of collision between uphill and downhill riders, which is one of the main concerns with e-bikes on two-way trails.
Can I walk, hike, or trail run here?
These trails are one way only and are designed specifically for mountain biking. Trail runners and hikers may use the trails provided they follow the trail directions. However, we suggest that trail runners, dog walkers, and hikers use the Mount Cartier trail or the two-way Macpherson trails.
Who owns or manages the land that these trails are being built on?
The trails are all located on Crown land, and most of the Sunnyside trail network is located within Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Controlled Recreation Area. The trails are authorized by Recreation Sites & Trails BC, and the RCA has a partnership agreement to maintain them.
What is the process that allows the RCA to build new bike trails like Sunnyside?
Hundreds of hours of volunteer time went into planning the first phase of Sunnyside. The climb trail was approved many years ago under a separate application and planning for the descent trails began in earnest two years ago.
We received a section 57 approval under the Forest Range and Practices Act from Recreation Sites & Trails BC, and the trails have been built in compliance with their specifications.
For more information about the section 57 process, please click here.
Who is paying for these trails?
The Sunnyside network has been built thanks to generous funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative Funding through the City of Revelstoke, the Columbia Basin Trust, Recreation Sites & Trails BC, and the members and sponsors of the Revelstoke Cycling Association.
How can I contribute?
How do I voice my concerns?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns, questions, or comments.