Keystone Standard Basin Trail

Rating: 5 stars.

Use: Biking, Hiking.

Difficulty: Moderate, Difficult to Standard Basin.

Distance: 22 km return to Cabin. Another 11.4 km return to Standard Basin.

Description: The very popular Keystone Cabin Trail. Originally built for backpacking back in the 70’s this trail has now become a bucket list trail for those coming to Revelstoke to sample some of our outstanding alpine mountain biking and trail running. Though it was not groomed for mountain biking specifically, like its counterpart the Frisby Ridge Trail, the trail suits itself very well for mountain biking with the exception of a few burly sections off the start and across scree slopes midway through the ride. Recently the ‘second half’ of the trail to Standard Peak itself has started to receive a lot more traffic as well. Recent work to clear the trail and increased traffic has beat the trail in again making it a fantastic extension to the already mind blowing trail. 

Directions: Drive north of Revelstoke on Highway 23. About 8 km past the Mars Creek bridge  turn onto the Keystone FSR. 16.2 km on this road will get you to the trailhead.

Trailhead GPS:

  1. Keystone FSR: N51 23.262 W118 25.207
  2. Keystone Trailhead: N51 23.694 W118 21.653
  3. Keystone Cabin: N51 25.315 W118 16.580
  4. Standard Basin: N51 25.315 W118 16.580

Useful Maps:

Keystone Standard Basin Trail Overview Map PDF

Keystone Standard Basin Trail Detail Map PDF

Keystone Standard Basin Trail KML file on Dropbox

 

Ben Wilkey at Keystone Cabin. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Ben Wilkey at Keystone Cabin. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey collection.
August snowstorm. Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The Rock Slide. Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The Rock Slide. Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Beautiful single track. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Beautiful single track. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Keystone Trail. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Final descent to parking lot. Ben Wilkey Collection.
Final descent to parking lot. Ben Wilkey Collection.
The top of Standard Basin. Alex Cooper Collection. Canes Peak in the background.
The top of Standard Basin. Alex Cooper Collection. Canes Peak in the background.
Looking south from Standard Basin towards Revelstoke. Alex Cooper Collection.
Looking south from Standard Basin towards Revelstoke. Alex Cooper Collection.
Carly Moran riding down from the summit of Standard Peak. Alex Cooper Collection.
Carly Moran riding down from the summit of Standard Peak. Alex Cooper Collection.
Riding through endless meadows. Alex Cooper Collection.
Riding through endless meadows. Alex Cooper Collection.
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8 thoughts on “Keystone Standard Basin Trail

    1. Hey Joel, I have read a few different numbers regarding how far standard peak is past the cabin. Is it 6 k or more like 9k? Heading out Monday morning.

      Thanks

      Adam

  1. Great hike, 6 k in as far as creek side. Trail well kept, very impressed. The bikers were all polite….always an issue with a large group of hikers.

  2. Spent two nights out in the Keystone Basin camping overnight at the cabin. It was absolutely gorgeous with the alpine flowers in bloom early this year. The cabin is large enough to sleep multiple groups however doesn’t appear to get lots of overnighters during the summer. We set up camp and went for day hikes from there. The trail that continues on from the cabin takes you back about 8km to the mountain range further east past beautiful little lakes and creeks and even waterfalls across the gorge. Hiked up top of the ridge for lunch and enjoyed the day. A great little place for a multi day hike. Did about 40km in total and enjoyed every minute of it!

  3. I went back to Standard Peak for the second time today. The trail beyond the cabin is rough, but it’s in pretty good shape considering how little it’s ridden. After the cabin, the trail continues through some alpine meadows, before descending into a valley. You then climb up back into the vast alpine meadows beneath Standard Peak. There’s only a few trees down, but they only posed a problem on the way up. It could use some brushing in sections.

    The trail is very bikeable and lots of fun most of the way. It fades in and out in the alpine meadows below Standard Peak, so you get to do some route finding between sections. To get to the summit, follow the rough trail to lookers left of the peak, then once you get tired of pushing your bike, leave it behind, gain the ridge and take the easy scramble to the peak. You can see all the way to Begbie from up there.

    It’s about 40K and 6,000 feet elevation gain round trip from the Keystone parking lot, or so I’ve been told. If you want to do a truly epic ride in the Revelstoke area, this is it.

  4. Hi!
    Just a question… will the keystone standard basin trail be opened these days? We think to ride over there in a few days… What would be the other trails to absolutely not miss (all mountain to freeride style, advanced level seeking for fast or technical but as fun as possible).
    Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.
    Guillaume, switzerland

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