2 miles
Distance
458 ft
Climb
-2,388 ft
Descent
00:31:39
Avg time

Al Matador Details

  • Riding Area
    Morrissey Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Global Ranking
    #25520 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    15 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Gnarly downhill, body armour recommended. Slightly easier than Dirt Diggler, but not much. Flows into 48 Hours and Dopamine. The drops and jump into the gravel pit at the end, including the gravel pit gap jump are about as big as you can get, so beware!

Access Info

Truck drop needed to Morrissey Microwave towers, then head North along the ridge.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Al Matador bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,931 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,837 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,768 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,837 ft
  • Grade
    -20.928%
  • Grade max
    -79.798%
  • Grade min
    60.682%
  • Distance climb
    2,200 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    166 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:39
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Status:
on Sep 15, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to al-matador trailhead (49.456680, -114.996050)
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Al Matador Trail Reports

datedescription
Sep 15, 2017 @ 5:45pm
Sep 15, 2017
reporter All trails are open again! Yay!
Sep 4, 2017 @ 8:03am
Sep 4, 2017
reporter TRAILS ARE ALL CLOSED DUE TO FIRE HAZARD - SEVERE FINES FOR RIDING OR HIKING
Jul 17, 2017 @ 7:29am
Jul 17, 2017
Alpine got a facelift. Some brush cutting still required in the middle section, other than that it's good to go.
Aug 7, 2016 @ 8:44am
Aug 7, 2016
Major blow downs over significant portions of trail
Aug 7, 2016 @ 8:44am
Aug 7, 2016
Abandon - major blow downs over significant portions of the trail. Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Major erosion (major ruts or...
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Photos

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Sep 1, 2017 @ 7:24am
Sep 1, 2017
Al Matador, Turner Valley
206 |
Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:43am
Aug 17, 2016
Al Matador, Fernie
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Dec 17, 2010 @ 7:21pm
Dec 17, 2010
Al Matador, Fernie
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Dec 17, 2010 @ 7:21pm
Dec 17, 2010
Al Matador, Fernie

3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag alaskaskier (May 30, 2018 at 15:47)
 Looks like Al could use some attention with a chainsaw. Big tree down not 50m above the top of the Morrissey shuttle road
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  • + 1
flag megsMTBlife (Jul 23, 2018 at 21:46)
 Hey @alaskaskier - just wondering what the rest of the trail is like? Many other trees down? Is it work riding or does it need too much work - and if it needs work, what type of work? Thanks! We are looking to ride it tomorrow.
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  • + 1
flag alaskaskier (Jul 28, 2018 at 7:33)
 Hey @megsMTBlife, unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to ride the rest of the trail yet (hoping next weekend). I just posted this comment after hiking up to hit the step-down at the bottom. Thinking about doing a bit of a hike next weekend with some tools after I'm done riding one day. If you rode it, let me know how it was!
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