3 miles
718 ft
-338 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Ridgemont / Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Global Ranking
    #23935 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This can be accessed at either end for a very mellow ride through the forest near Coal Creek Road. Couple of minor climbs but nothing too tough. All the local kids' bike camps use it to introduce kids to single track, normally truck dropping them at the far end from town as it is mostly downhill from there. Some interpretative signs along the way with Fernie's history.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Coal Creek Heritage Trail (East) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    380 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,537 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,949 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,537 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,917 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,209 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 15, 2017
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
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
  • 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 coal-creek-heritage-trail-east trailhead (49.492290, -115.020460)
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Coal Creek... Trail Reports

Sep 15, 2017 @ 5:45pm
Sep 15, 2017
reporter All trails are open again! Yay!
Sep 4, 2017 @ 8:03am
Sep 4, 2017
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 11:24pm
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Coal Creek Heritage Trail (East)
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 11:23pm
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Coal Creek Heritage Trail (East)
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 11:23pm
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Jul 22, 2018 @ 11:23pm
Jul 22, 2018
Coal Creek Heritage Trail (East)

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag hockeygod (Jul 22, 2018 at 22:56)
 Below is an overview provided by my 10 year-old son,Devin. We (including my 8 year-old daughter) rode this trail Thursday, July 18, 2018 from the Aquatic Center to the end, then took the road back. It was hot (30+C), and even though it had rained a bit over night to keep the dust down, the trail was dry, clear and good riding. I saw a couple of old bear scats but no recent evidence of bears. Tonnes of Saskatoon berries along the trail, particularly near the first couple of km. The trail is well-marked and has several great signs which include interesting pictures and information about the history of the trail. (Two of the sign locations are out of order on the map - the church and another one. But you will see them all.) Total time for the way out was about 2.5 hours with stops. An adult could likely do this in about an hour...

It is a pretty cool trail; there are two passports kids can collect on this trail. (See Fernie Mountain Biking Club site at www.bikefernie.ca/junior-rippers-trail-passport .) Once you get a couple km in, there is a barb wire fence which you can go over / around; the trail is not closed. A large grouse charged us shortly afterward; she must have had babies somewhere nearby! You drop out onto the road for about one km then after you pass the rifle range, you turn off on the left to get back on to the trail. The trail wanders through the forest and as you get farther, there is a old mine entrance, a fallen church and eventually the "Old Town" site which you can see some of the bolts, screws, nails, and even the tools that they used to build some of the houses. On the way back you can ride the road if you do not want to ride trail. The road only takes about 15-20 minutes to return to the parking lot!

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