5 miles
Distance
1,487 ft
Climb
-1,230 ft
Descent
00:38:52
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
    Ridgemont / Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking

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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    257 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,426 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,438 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,695 ft
  • Grade
    1.044%
  • Grade max
    -66.624%
  • Grade min
    65.267%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,908 ft
  • Avg time
    00:38:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:42:17
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Status:
on Oct 11, 2017
Wet
Avg: 3.6 (5 votes)

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Coal Discovery Trail Trail Reports

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Oct 11, 2017 @ 3:31pm
Oct 11, 2017
Small tree down across trail
Sep 15, 2017 @ 5:45pm
Sep 15, 2017
reporter All trails are open again! Yay!
Sep 4, 2017 @ 8:03am
Sep 4, 2017
reporter TRAILS ARE ALL CLOSED DUE TO FIRE HAZARD - SEVERE FINES FOR RIDING OR HIKING
Aug 15, 2017 @ 10:14pm
Aug 15, 2017
Excellent shape, needs more riders!
Jun 26, 2017 @ 3:46pm
Jun 26, 2017
Couple of minor trees to climb over but good all the way to the Porky Blue entry point. Don't do Porky Blue though - access is reportedly a mess.
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Jul 11, 2016 @ 12:02pm
Jul 11, 2016
Coal Discovery Trail

Routes with this trail

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2016 Singletrack 6 - Thule Stage 1: Fernie race
20 miles
Low Roller AM
13 miles
Trans Canada Trail (Elk Valley Trail) - Sparwood to Elko
52 miles
Low Roller AM
11 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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