You guys were very helpful in planning my Western BC trip last summer, so I thought I would try to get some input this year too. I know it's not just down the street, but figured many of you have ridden the areas.
I have a suggestion of the extra day for some riding in the Slocan, but everything else is as written.
copypasta from my mtbr post:
A buddy and I are headed to Spokane on the 20th of September for 10 days of Eastern BC biking. We did 10 days in Western BC last summer and fell in love with the beauty, abundance, design, and gnarliness of BC trails. I think either of us would love to stay permanently, but alas we need an income. Despite being enslaved by the man, we have decided to embark on another epic summer trip.
We will both be on all mountain 150mm and 160mm bikes.
We plan on camping but don't have anything set up due to the fact we like to be flexible and open to change.
Arrive in Spokane, pick up some supplies, head north and get bikes assembled. Any riding will be close to Rossland and short/shuttled. I would love to sneak in a night ride if anyone local is interested.
Not sure where we are planning on camping, but looking for a free spot to throw down a tent. Might make a reservation at a private campground just to assure a place to sleep.
Seven Summits: I have contacted Mountain Shuttles and plan to ride it Sunday the 21st, as we will be short on time the 20th. Head to Nelson for a place to camp. Will check Kokanee Creek and any private campgrounds along the way. Really looking for a free site off of a FSR.
Nelson!!! I have the guide book, and plan on putting in two 8-10hr days of riding. We will probably take a lunch break each day and then try to hook up with anyone we can meet for an afternoon ride. Hopefully a local will take pity on us. I plan to try and ride everything that we can, sans trails that are for the immortal.
Day 5 Half Nelson Half Revy
Ride for 4 hours on anything that we missed on Days 3-5 and haul ass to Revvy for the afternoon shuttle deal with Matt from Wandering Wheels. Have access to someone's land/yard to throw down a tent. Still looking for that primo spot.
Martha Creek DH and Boulder Mtn Area
Will stay in the same spot unless there is a problem or we find a better solution.
Day 7 Frisby Out and Back plus the Frisby DH.
Same deal on camp
Day 8 Keystone Standard Basin to Peak(long version)
Day 9 Hit something we missed on the way back to Spokane
Day 10 Fly home and be very sad for another year.
What we need:
We have the one day as a wild card, but think that it will most likely be spent in Nelson unless one of you fine folks gives me another idea.
Which pubs and restaurants should we hit? Avoid? Anything cool that we should try to see or check out other than trails?
Beta on good, free campsites. PMs are welcomed and info will not be shared. We are used to lots of roadside camping in the US, but we spent a lot of time driving FSr's last summer and didn't find many good spots in the vancouver to pemberton corridor. Is this common for Western BC too?
Thanks in advance and I'll rep where appropriate.