9 miles
Distance
2,146 ft
Climb
-2,097 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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Details

  • 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
    -39.023%
  • Grade min
    30.23%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,783 ft
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Big Bear in the York Creek riding area in Crowsnest Pass, AB
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The Third of Stage 2 in the 2017 Canadian National Enduro Series race #2 in Crowsnest Pass, AB
Crowsnest Pass Rumhead Enduro 2016
Crowsnest Pass Rumhead Enduro 2016
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Dec 10, 2016
Doing runs on each of the 5 stages for the 2016 BC Enduro Series race in Crowsnest Pass.

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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York Creek Road to Ironstone
Nov 11, 2017 @ 7:10pm
Nov 11, 2017
Road is plowed for logging to past the turnoff to Ironstone Fire Lookout. Snowpacked surface not too slippery without studs. reporter
Big Bear Up
Sep 28, 2017 @ 4:02pm
Sep 28, 2017
Big Bear Down
Sep 28, 2017 @ 4:02pm
Sep 28, 2017
Clear dry and dusty for big bear and super trooper
Back Door
Jul 31, 2017 @ 7:24pm
Jul 31, 2017
Dry
Lower York Creek Climb
Jul 15, 2017 @ 9:47pm
Jul 15, 2017
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