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

  • Riding area
  • 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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Trail Conditions
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  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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Trail transparency
Sooper Trooper
Sooper Trooper
3:31 | 170 | comments: 1 | favs: 1
Aug 12, 2017
Crowsnest Pass, AB
Big Bear
Big Bear
5:35 | 403 | comments: 3 | favs: 1
Sep 4, 2017
Big Bear in Crowsnest Pass, AB
Crowsnest Pass Rumhead Enduro 2016
Crowsnest Pass Rumhead Enduro 2016
4:52 | 800 | comments: 0 | favs: 1
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

traildateconditiondescription
Sooper Trooper
Aug 6, 2018 @ 9:41am
Aug 6, 2018
braking bumps and blown out sections but a good time reporter
Big Bear Up
Aug 6, 2018 @ 9:41am
Aug 6, 2018
very well built piece of trail, tip of the hat to crew at UROC reporter
Big Bear Down
Aug 6, 2018 @ 9:41am
Aug 6, 2018
dusty and loose, but well worth the climb reporter
Sweet Duaneage
Jun 24, 2018 @ 6:36am
Jun 24, 2018
Back Door
May 20, 2018 @ 4:29pm
May 20, 2018
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