9 miles
Distance
2,099 ft
Climb
-2,050 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

This route accesses some of the gnarliest trails in the York Creek trail network, including the traverse of Saddle Mountain via the Big Bear trails which climb, traverse and descend the rocky ridges on Saddle Mountain, 500 vertical metres above the Crowsnest valley.

Starting at the trailhead on the east side of the Green Mountain campground property in Coleman, it climbs a mixture of old mine roads, dirt road, singletrack, and double-track, through a cut block below the cliffs on the east side of Saddle Mountain which you will soon be on top of. The singletrack 150m past the cattleguard on York Creek Road is easy to miss.

The middle section of the Big Bear climb is the most difficult, with a narrow bench-cut trail on a steep side-slope and four tight switchbacks until it gains the southwest ridge. The rest of the ride to the top is easier going with many bare rock sections and spectacular mountain views.

Starting above treeline, the descending trail meanders through volcanic rock and slabs with small drops and steep, loose rock faces to ride down. At tree line it continues to be a steep, technical trail alternating from loam to rock. Next is a gully full of step-ups, hip-jumps, and berms, leading to Sooper Trooper, a flowy trail through loamy old forest with a few optional TTFs including gaps, jumps, and bridges.

The route returns to the starting point via the Community Trail beside the Crowsnest River.

This route is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Big Bear and Sooper Trooper mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,318 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,318 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,367 ft
  • Grade
    0.101%
  • Grade max
    -39.626%
  • Grade min
    29.931%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,873 ft
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      Trail transparency
      youtuber Getting My REVENGE! | Trans BC Enduro - Day 5
      Getting My REVENGE! | Trans BC Enduro - Day 5
      32:40 | 63 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Aug 8, 2019
      Sooper Trooper
      Sooper Trooper
      3:31 | 311 | comments: 1 | favs: 1
      Aug 12, 2017
      Crowsnest Pass, AB
      Big Bear
      Big Bear
      5:35 | 817 | comments: 3 | favs: 1
      Sep 4, 2017
      Big Bear in Crowsnest Pass, AB

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      statustraildateconditiondescription
      Sooper Trooper
      Sep 13, 2019 @ 2:14pm
      Sep 13, 2019
      Back Door
      Sep 13, 2019 @ 2:14pm
      Sep 13, 2019
      Sweet Duaneage
      Sep 13, 2019 @ 2:14pm
      Sep 13, 2019
      Big Bear Down
      Aug 24, 2019 @ 12:58pm
      Aug 24, 2019
      Big Bear Up
      Aug 7, 2019 @ 9:38am
      Aug 7, 2019
      tree is still down over the trail as reported by Dave. super dry and loose on the steep switchbacks.
      more reports »
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