9.3 miles
Distance
1,757 ft
Climb
-1,727 ft
Descent
1 mile
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!

Detailed Description
Big Bear and Sooper Trooper is a 9 mile moderately popular intermediate unsanctioned route located near Coleman Alberta. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 25 trails. This route climbs 1,757 ft with a max elevation of 5,882 ft then descends -1,727 ft.

29 Reviews & Comments

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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:32)
Used it as a climb. Works well
Mike
LifeOutdoors.com
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PinkbikeMike (Oct 17, 2021 at 12:22)
Trail Big Bear Up
Fantastic climb with mega views at the top
Mike
Lifeoutdoors.com
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ryancartiers (Aug 28, 2021 at 16:09)
You have to turn left on the road & cross the texas gate to find the single track trail to finish bottom section on
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ryancartiers (Aug 28, 2021 at 16:09)
You have to turn left on the road & cross the texas gate to find the single track trail to finish bottom section on
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clarke-bb (Aug 10, 2021 at 12:49)
Would rate this closer to black than blue. Too many rocks and roots for my liking. Also have found there is a lack of trail markings/signs in general on the York Lake trail system compared to Fernie trails.
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clarke-bb (Aug 10, 2021 at 12:49)
Would rate this closer to black than blue. Too many rocks and roots for my liking. Also have found there is a lack of trail markings/signs in general on the York Lake trail system compared to Fernie trails.
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knkraus (Jul 31, 2021 at 9:27)
Trail Big Bear Up
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knkraus (Jul 31, 2021 at 9:26)
Trail Big Bear Up
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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sjc88 (Jul 25, 2020 at 15:09)
If you like pedalling up steep loose shit, you'll love this. For the rest of us it sucks. Next time I'll try the other way up...
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SamD05 (Jun 21, 2020 at 19:18)
Trail Back Door
Long climb, but worth it to get to school of rock
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SamD05 (Jun 21, 2020 at 19:18)
Trail Back Door
Long climb, but worth it to get to school of rock
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SamD05 (Jun 21, 2020 at 19:18)
Trail Back Door
Long climb, but worth it to get to school of rock
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flyin-ryan (Jul 13, 2019 at 12:39)
Awesome. Not sure why its Red. There are a few sections that require thought and maybe a quick walk down. All rideable for advanced riders.
Do it. Views are great at the top.
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DaveW2 UROC (Jul 20, 2019 at 12:28)
I agree. Changed to Black.
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ItsColdInHere (Sep 5, 2021 at 18:05)
I'm happy it's a Black since I probably wouldn't have ridden it if it were Red.
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rigg4d (Sep 5, 2017 at 6:14)
Lots of betms snd little jumps. Really fun!
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rigg4d (Sep 5, 2017 at 6:14)
Lots of betms snd little jumps. Really fun!
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rigg4d (Sep 5, 2017 at 6:13)
Some pretty technical sections but a lot of fun
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rigg4d (Sep 5, 2017 at 6:12)
Trail Big Bear Up
Tough and technical climb!!!
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Details

  • 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
  • Ridelogs
    2
More Stats for Big Bear and Sooper Trooper mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,325 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,325 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,354 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -59.3%
  • Grade min
    42.3%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,767 ft
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