Paradise Mines

Invermere, British Columbia

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If you're up to the challenge, this ride has few equals. It can be ridden as a 17.4-mile out-and-back, or as a 27-mile point-to-point, finishing at the town of Wilmer. Your lungs will burst as your grind your way uphill for 4,592 feet before reaching the site of the abandoned Paradise Mine. As you climb, the views seem to improve with every switchback, beginning with the open slopes of the Panorama Ski Resort and the surrounding mountains of the Purcell Range. Magic! The views expand with the climb. As you reach the summit, vistas stretch to Mount Assiniboine to the northwest and the Rockies to the east. If you’ve got the legs, this is just the ride to test them. If you’re up to the challenge, this ride has few equals. It can be ridden as a 29-km (17.4-mi.) out-and-back, or as a 45-km (27-mi.) point-to-point, finishing at the town of Wilmer. Your lungs will burst as you grind your way uphill for 1,400 m (4,592 ft.) before reaching the site of the abandoned Paradise Mine. As you climb, the views seem to improve with every switchback, beginning with the open slopes of the Panorama Ski Resort and the surrounding mountains of the Purcell Range.

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"If you're up to the challenge, this ride has few equals. It can be ridden as a 17.4-mile out-and-back, or as a 27-mile point-to-point, finishing at the town of Wilmer. Your lungs will burst as your grind your way uphill for 4,592 feet before reaching the site of the abandoned Paradise Mine. As you climb, the views seem to improve with every switchback, beginning with the open slopes of the Panorama Ski Resort and the surrounding mountains of the Purcell Range. Magic! The views expand with the climb. As you reach the summit, vistas stretch to Mount Assiniboine to the northwest and the Rockies to the east.

If you’ve got the legs, this is just the ride to test them. If you’re up to the challenge, this ride has few equals. It can be ridden as a 29-km (17.4-mi.) out-and-back, or as a 45-km (27-mi.) point-to-point, finishing at the town of Wilmer. Your lungs will burst as you grind your way uphill for 1,400 m (4,592 ft.) before reaching the site of the abandoned Paradise Mine. As you climb, the views seem to improve with every switchback, beginning with the open slopes of the Panorama Ski Resort and the surrounding mountains of the Purcell Range."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Invermere
Distance: 17.4
Elevation Gain: 4,592 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Early June to early September
Local Contacts: Columbia Cycle and Motorsports, 250-342-6164
Local Maps: NTS 82 K / 08 Toby Creek and 82 K / 09 Radium Hot Springs; Invermere and Columbia Valley map
Driving Directions: Directions to Paradise Mines

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May 2018