Mountain Hero Gets IMBA "EPIC" Designation
The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recently inducted the Mountain Hero Trail on Montana Mountain in Carcross into its Epic Trails category. Only five other Canadian trails have earned the Epic designation, a term coined to describe challenging backcountry excursions worth ticking off your bucket list.
Mountain Hero is a resurrected old tramway trail that was used for an old silver mining operation that dates back to 1905. The trail was initially believed to be charted by the most celebrated corpse in poetry, Sam McGee of The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert Service. Alive, the real Sam McGee was a dedicated road and trail builder.
The 28 km restored Mountain Hero trail climbs about 1400 meters up old mining roads that eventually level off in the alpine, providing incredible views of the river system that surrounds Montana Mountain and adjacent regions. Once atop, descending back to the tree line on single track is a scream, literally. You or your brakes will be screaming your way down, and at the end of it, you'll most likely have the biggest grin on your face and your brakes will be hot. Like stinking hot.