3.1 miles
695 ft
-2,914 ft
Avg time

Sheep Creek Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Dewdney Backside
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Crown Land

The Sheep Creek trail, formerly known as 'Dewdney Backside' is an all-mountain style singletrack that drops west, from the Cascade Summit into the remote, Big Sheep Creek Valley. The trail is narrower, rougher and less featured than the east side Dewdney trail, however, Sheep Creek is more aesthetic, a little more challenging and just as fast and thrilling. It contains mostly intermediate riding down old singletrack, broken by several steep, loose logging roads. Lower into the valley the trail encounters a couple of tight corners and some rock challenges, including a final boulder field before it ends onto Big Sheep Creek Rd.

The KCTS began managing and maintaining the Sheep Creek trail in the summer of 2009, as requests for more downhill trails became apparent. This 5 km section of the historic Dewdney trail, which was original built in 1865 as a pack route to the goldfields in the East Kootenay, had seen little maintenance in 150 years and was in need of care. The corridor now sees annual clearing, with tread work being performed regularly. The trail sees more use now than ever before and for riders has become an excellent downhill ride through forested slopes in a spectacular setting.

Hints: The first 1 km of trail follows a slight bench above the Old Rossland Cascade Hwy and then crosses the road for the first and only time. Look slightly uphill to a post and trail which can be hidden by the bank. Likewise, further down the trail, try to observe where the trail leaves the logging road, which are all signposted.

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More Stats for Sheep Creek mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,218 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,382 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,609 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,600 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,382 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,265 ft
  • Distance down
    2.3 miles
  • Distance flat
    621 ft
  • Avg time
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on May 18, 2016
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Sheep Creek Trail Reports

May 18, 2016 @ 5:58am
May 18, 2016
reporter The KCTS ail crew have now cleared all the windfall, and after brushing work completed last Fall, the trail is in as good as condition as it ever...
Apr 4, 2016 @ 3:34pm
Apr 4, 2016
Snow packed.
Jan 6, 2016 @ 1:07am
Jan 6, 2016
Sep 17, 2015 @ 6:03am
Sep 17, 2015
reporter No issues.
Mar 30, 2015 @ 3:49pm
Mar 30, 2015
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag bcpunk MTBco CL (Jan 21, 2015 at 21:38)
 are people still riding the backside these days? I host a trail riding weekend in christina lake each year and was wondering if this was still rideable.
  • + 1
flag barry-mclane (Mar 20, 2015 at 15:29)
 Still rideable. People shuttle it every now and then. It's not maintained regularly though.

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