9.3 miles
1,757 ft
-1,727 ft
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.

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    Mountain Bike
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    • Hike
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    • Snowshoe
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    AM, XC
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    One Direction
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More Stats for Big Bear and Sooper Trooper mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    2 hr 39 min
  • Altitude min
    4,325 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,325 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,354 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,767 ft
Avg: 3 (1 votes)
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Super Trooper- Crownest Pass [Part 4]
Super Trooper- Crownest Pass [Part 4]
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Jun 23, 2023
Big Bear- Crownest Pass [Part 3]
Big Bear- Crownest Pass [Part 3]
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Back Door
Sep 24, 2023 @ 4:37am
1 day
The normal techy climb. Lots of loose rocks and will see more traffic now with Boulder dash fully open.
Crowsnest Community Trail
Sep 21, 2023 @ 9:31am
Sep 21, 2023
Big Bear Down
Sep 8, 2023 @ 1:01pm
Sep 8, 2023
Throat smasher across the trail on fast section. Sorry I forgot to pack my Silky and too big to drag out of the way.
Sweet Duaneage
Jun 30, 2023 @ 12:23pm
Jun 30, 2023
A nice trail (up and down) for advanced beginners and intermediate (and beyond) to get to some great views. The first part is a bit rocky which made it a bit challenging to climb (I walked).
Sooper Trooper
Jun 10, 2023 @ 2:51am
Jun 10, 2023
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  • By DaveW2 UROC & contributors
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