Sulphur Springs Details
If you started mountain biking in the 90s, you probably rode "Suffer Springs" on a regular basis. Site of the Ridley's Summer Solstice race for ~20 years, many riders tested out their newfangled 50mm suspension and 1.95" tires on the steep climbs and loose descents.
These days, Sulphur Springs is a lot quieter, but still popular. From Station Flats, take the Elbow Valley trail west until the junction with SS. Turning right at the junction [bottom of a small hill at the edge of a meadow] will put you on a wide trail that quickly splits into a horse trail on the left and a climbing singletrack off to the right. The two trails meet ~250m further ahead, but the singletrack is nicer. After that, the trail is wide and rolling until you cross a creek and enter The Swamp [you'll know it when you see it] that is over quickly. From here, the trail has been rerouted to ease you into the climbing. There are 3-4 distinct pitches, all in fairly good shape given the years of use by bikers, hikers, horses and cows. Cross a wide cutline and rip down the far side [tiny wallride at the bottom!]. Within 50m there is a junction with Pneuma that a lot of people take to ride up to Race of Spades, Moosepackers and other trails. You can also go downhill on Pneuma to cut off a big chunk of Elbow Valley and make a fairly quick return to Station Flats.
SS goes in a fairly straight line from the junction with Pneuma to Moose Mountain Road. Cross the road [watch out for traffic], and follow the trail past the parking area and then up in a straight shot to the top of the hill. From that vantage point you can see the Elbow Valley and 3 wellsites. The descent is fun, with a bunch of berms donated by an anonymous source. You'll reach the junction with Elbow Valley fairly quickly, and that is where most people head back toward Station Flats. If you continue on SS, you'll end up on Hwy 66, which you can cross to access the Riverview trail.
This is a gateway trail that leads you to other rides and loops. It is highly variable, with narrow and wide sections, hardpack and loose dirt. If you fancy yourself a climber, this is the trail for you.
Most access this from the Station Flats trailhead via Elbow Valley trail.
Local Trail AssociationCalgary Mountain Bike Alliance (www.cmbalink.com)
More Stats for Sulphur Springs mountain bike trail
Altitude change-53 ft
Altitude min4,760 ft
Altitude start4,815 ft
Altitude end4,762 ft
Distance climb1.4 miles
Distance down2.1 miles
Distance flat754 ft
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Sulphur Springs Trail Reports
Oct 16, 2016 @ 6:55pmOct 16, 2016
|Fair amount of snow and then wet mud down at the bottom. Otherwise dry.|
Sep 4, 2016 @ 9:04amSep 4, 2016
Jul 24, 2016 @ 3:14pmJul 24, 2016
|Mostly dry as of Jul 21, but still a few wet spots draining out - should be good to go by now|
Apr 17, 2016 @ 5:28pmApr 17, 2016
Apr 12, 2016 @ 6:12amApr 12, 2016
|Zero snow. Wet in the usual areas. Finished the trail with some fine dirt spray on downtube but no muck.|
Routes with this trail
|Banded Peak Competitive Track 2016 race||18.6 miles|
|727 Special||15.5 miles|
|Moosepackers Loop||15.1 miles|
|moose mtn - pneuma 7-27 hotlaps||8.9 miles|
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