3 miles
Distance
1,049 ft
Climb
-971 ft
Descent
00:39:00
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • 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
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #30817 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Part of the Elk Valley / TransCanada Trail , Coal Discovery Trail is a mellow XC trail, rolling ups and downs through mostly open terrain with a few sections in the forest. No gnarly sections, no crazy stunts. 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.

The Trail is accessed from the North via Ridgemont Road or from the South end via Big Trouble Little Chainring. Note that it's very challenging to climb Big Trouble Little Chainring so if you're going North-South and not into that then consider exiting to Ridgemont Road via Loose Change.

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
    77 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,506 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,769 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,612 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,689 ft
  • Grade
    0.443%
  • Grade max
    -55.575%
  • Grade min
    66.766%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,425 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:00
  • Avg reverse time
    00:42:17
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Status:
on Jul 31, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.65 (6 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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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  • less popular
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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
      Directions to coal-discovery-trail trailhead (49.524400, -115.025130)
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      Coal Discovery Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 31, 2019 @ 10:39am
      Jul 31, 2019
      Jun 24, 2019 @ 5:59am
      Jun 24, 2019
      Coal discovery trail is open north of Big Trouble Little Chainring. The logged sections of the trail have been rebuilt to TCT/TGT standards. ...
      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
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 23 rides
      • 43 miles avg distance
      All
      • 178 rides
      •  

      Photos

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      7 |
      Jul 31, 2019 @ 10:38am
      Jul 31, 2019
      6 |
      Jul 31, 2019 @ 9:50am
      Jul 31, 2019
      147 |
      Jul 11, 2016 @ 12:02pm
      Jul 11, 2016

      Routes with this trail

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      22 miles
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      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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