5 miles
Distance
1,473 ft
Climb
-1,212 ft
Descent
00:39:39
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    Ridgemont / Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #30817 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    50 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Part of the Elk Valley / TransCanada Trail , Coal Discovery Trail is a classic XC trail, rolling ups and downs through beautiful forest. No gnarly sections, no crazy stunts.

In 2016 the trail was pretty much destroyed by logging, but in June 2017 has reopened as far as Pork Blue kicks out onto Ridgemont Road.

Now designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail, the CDT has been reworked with steep pitches mellowed out, roots removed, skinny bridges replaced with solid wide structures. The trail has been widened and is a very fun ride that is not too punishing even though it climbs and descends regularly.

Access Info

All sorts of options, either as an out and back, or loops off of numerous Ridgemont trails.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Coal Discovery Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    260 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,421 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,769 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,434 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,695 ft
  • Grade
    1.06%
  • Grade max
    -66.625%
  • Grade min
    81.413%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,464 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:39
  • Avg reverse time
    00:42:17
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Status:
on Oct 9, 2018
Variable
Avg: 3.65 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
LEGEND
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
  • TTF TTF
  • 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-discovery-trail trailhead (49.513268, -115.043169)
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Coal Discovery Trail Trail Reports

datedescription
Oct 9, 2018 @ 11:08am
Oct 9, 2018
reporter Closed for Wildfire Mitigation
Oct 7, 2018 @ 7:41pm
Oct 7, 2018
Some snowy and muddy sections, otherwise just wet
Sep 22, 2018 @ 2:06pm
Sep 22, 2018
Aug 6, 2018 @ 11:20am
Aug 6, 2018
Jul 15, 2018 @ 10:34am
Jul 15, 2018
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Photos

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Jul 11, 2016 @ 12:02pm
Jul 11, 2016
Coal Discovery Trail

Routes with this trail

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Trans Canada Trail (Elk Valley Trail) - Sparwood to Elko
52 miles
2018 High Roller
30 miles
2018 FMBC Low Roller
22 miles
Super High Roller 2018
33 miles

1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag S-Christopher (Jun 15, 2017 at 14:17)
 Black bear cub seen by new bridge near TR3 at noon today
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