Gray Creek Pass is known to many bikepackers, moto enthusiasts, off road adventurers and hikers. It is part of the Great Trail and also part of the BC Epic 1000. Keeping with the times I decided that my adventures should be close to home for 2020. This was one of the last outings before we settled into fall.
I’ve never done the BC Epic. I am guessing Gray Creek Pass is one of the toughest sections. Riding the pass has been on my list for a couple of years now to get a taste before I eventually ride the BC Epic some day. My plans to ride Gray Creek Pass have been thwarted in the past due to wildfire or work conflicts and the short season to go over the top. Gray Creek Pass is also part of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) and super popular with motosports enthusiasts too.
So in September of 2020 I decided I better get this one scratched off the list before we get our first snowfall as I didn’t want to carry unnecessary gear during the climb for cold weather. The goal was to get to Kimberley but when I found an epic campsite on the St Marys river I decided it wasn’t important to make it to Kimberley as I had sufficient supplies. Did I mention I was running out of day light? Yeah. That too.
There is an option to park vehicles in a park and ride space at the ferry in Balfour if wanting to skip the highway from Nelson to the Ferry. I recommend the ride from Nelson as it is scenic and gets those muscles warmed up for a seriously long day climbing. For more information on this route see the BC Epic or Great Trail websites. The elevation gain listed is one way as the route is only showing a one way trip.
Map and GPX
- The ferry ride across Kootenay Lake.
- The scenic alpine at the top of Gray Creek Pass.