2,795 ft
Distance
385 ft
Climb
-3 ft
Descent
3,970 ft
High Point

Ammonite Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Castle Mountain
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Hiking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
  • Land Manager
    CanWel

This is the original trail to the Ammonite. It requires you to rock-hop across Coal Creek when the water is low. An alternative route involves coming in along Ammonite East.

Although this is short it is a challenging hike, based primarily along the creek bed of a steep draw. Loose rock, slippery dirt and plants abound. This is not a place for flip flops and toddlers. A number of broken ankles and legs have occurred over the years up here.

A logging road now bisects the trail in a couple of places, but flagging tape and cairns abound.

At the end of it you get to see one of the largest ammonite fossils ever found. Please treat with respect, it is unique and irreplaceable.

Access Info

Head out along Coal Creek Road, past the Rifle Range. Park on the left just after the 37 km sign on Coal Creek Road, and head into the woods opposite a little way closer to town.

Looking at the map you might be tempted to come in from the River Road end of the logging road and park half way up. The gate to that road is often closed, and the road has been significantly ditched,so your suspension will not thank you, even assuming you don't get high-centred....

More Stats for Ammonite hike trail
  • Altitude change
    382 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,585 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,588 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,970 ft
  • Grade
    13.7%
  • Grade max
    -2.3%
  • Grade min
    48.2%
  • Distance climb
    2,254 ft
  • Distance down
    335 ft
  • Distance flat
    207 ft
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