3 miles
Distance
168 ft
Climb
-2,334 ft
Descent
00:14:48
Avg time

Al Matador Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Morrissey Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #25520 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,167 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,838 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,005 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,005 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,839 ft
  • Grade
    -15.5%
  • Grade max
    -100.7%
  • Grade min
    36.6%
  • Distance climb
    2,028 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    646 ft
  • Avg time
    00:14:48
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Status:
on Jul 13, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • 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 Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • 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
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Al Matador Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 13, 2020 @ 10:07pm
      Jul 13, 2020
      Ridge traverse still has snowy patches, but once you drop into Al Mat it's running great. Downed trees have all been cleared.
      Jul 4, 2020 @ 2:58pm
      Jul 4, 2020
      Road to the top is all good. Traversing the ridge is about 2/3 snow covered still, including much of the descent before Diggler. Once you’re...
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 8:57am
      Jun 11, 2020
      The climb is all good until you are 2/3 up. Then it's covered in snow. The ride to the trail head, along the ridge, is also full of snow. I was...
      Jul 11, 2019 @ 10:03am
      Jul 11, 2019
      reporter All clear
      May 15, 2019 @ 1:05pm
      May 15, 2019
      Not ready to ride, FTA applying for a grant to revitalize this trail.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 5 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 8 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 14 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      97 |
      Sep 1, 2017 @ 7:24am
      Sep 1, 2017
      295 |
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 11:43am
      Aug 17, 2016
      296 |
      Aug 18, 2009 @ 9:57pm
      Aug 18, 2009
      | 2 comments
      191 |
      Jul 22, 2007 @ 11:16pm
      Jul 22, 2007

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 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.
      [Reply]
      • + 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!
      [Reply]

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