3 miles
Distance
2,262 ft
Climb
-62 ft
Descent
01:11:52
Avg time

Bear Chutes Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Ridgemont / Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Doubletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4549 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Bear Chutes bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,201 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,522 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,727 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,522 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,723 ft
  • Grade
    15.231%
  • Grade max
    -12.275%
  • Grade min
    57.104%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    765 ft
  • Distance flat
    347 ft
  • Avg time
    01:11:52
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Status:
on May 30, 2019
Dry
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
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • 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
  • 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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      Bear Chutes Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      May 30, 2019 @ 2:59pm
      May 30, 2019
      reporter Yes, it's still there and it's still the most painful thing you can do on a bike (with the possible exception of falling off at high speed, and...
      Oct 9, 2018 @ 11:08am
      Oct 9, 2018
      reporter Closed for Wildfire Mitigation
      Aug 3, 2018 @ 7:29am
      Aug 3, 2018
      Jun 15, 2018 @ 11:59am
      Jun 15, 2018
      One small tree overhanging the climb to Big Money just near the end of the hardest section. It can be ridden through with some determination but...
      Jun 9, 2018 @ 5:07pm
      Jun 9, 2018
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      Mar 4, 2008 @ 4:11pm
      Mar 4, 2008

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      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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