3 miles
2,272 ft
-64 ft
Avg time

Bear Chutes Details

  • Riding area
    Ridgemont / Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking

This a a disused jeep track, and very steep. It offers great views from the top, but most people call this a hiking trip. It provides access to Big Money and the Watering Hole.

It is probably the pinnacle of cardio climbing in the Elk Valley. A combination of steep after steep, some loose sections, some sidehill sections and some rocky bits mean that if you can ride this from the Rifle Range junction without putting a foot down you can consider yourself amongst a very small elite group.

Access Info

Climb Ridgemont Road from the junction with Coal Creek Road and take the first right. If it looks too steep to be realistically rideable you're on the right road. You can also hook onto it by riding whatever you fancy through Ridgemont up to Branch B Road and then ride up Branch B until it summits on a sharp left switchback. Bear Chutes bisects the switch back up a rocky incline and heads steeply up. You could also turn right and had down the lower section. This would be a serious waste of vert.

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More Stats for Bear Chutes mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,208 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,516 ft
  • Altitude max
    1 miles
  • Altitude start
    3,516 ft
  • Altitude end
    1 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    763 ft
  • Distance flat
    453 ft
  • Avg time
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Bear Chutes Trail Reports

Jun 21, 2017 @ 10:40pm
Jun 21, 2017
reporter Perfect condition, other than astonishingly steep
Jun 4, 2017 @ 3:54pm
Jun 4, 2017
In great shape other than a bit of snow shortly after the crux of the climb.
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Routes with this trail

2016 Singletrack 6 - Thule Stage 1: Fernie race
20 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag Kilaeua (Aug 23, 2016 at 16:22)
 It's a beast of a climb. Reward is Big Money so it is probably worth it but wow that was work.

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