3.3 miles
Distance
1,049 ft
Climb
-971 ft
Descent
00:30:36
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Fernie Ridge
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #30817 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in E-Biking
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 75 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Coal Discovery Trail mountain bike trail 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 mile
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,425 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:36
  • Avg reverse time
    00:43:24
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Status:
on Jul 13, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.3 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Coal Discovery Trail Trail Reports

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      Jul 13, 2021 @ 4:46pm
      Jul 13, 2021
      Trail has now been brushcut for most of its distance from Porky Blue to Little Chainring Big Trouble. Riding well, considering the dry conditions.
      Jun 27, 2021 @ 4:34pm
      Jun 27, 2021
      Section between Porky Blue and Loose change has been entirely brushcut. Also two sections were repaired where the trail was torn up by root balls...
      Jun 22, 2021 @ 11:27am
      Jun 22, 2021
      Section between Porky Blue and Loose Change is partly brushed, but there is still some debris from brush cutting on trail. The remainder of this...
      May 28, 2021 @ 7:39am
      May 28, 2021
      Tree down, located ~4 km on the Fernie side towards Hosmer. Chain saw required.
      Apr 30, 2021 @ 7:37am
      Apr 30, 2021
      Good most of the way to Hosmer until it runs into snow and deadfall. A few snow patches and wet spots South of that but generally very good. ...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 35 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      All
      • 211 rides
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      Photos

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      Aug 15, 2020 @ 8:45am
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      Jul 14, 2020 @ 3:24pm
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      Jul 11, 2020 @ 12:32pm
      Jul 11, 2020
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      Jun 23, 2020 @ 6:39am
      Jun 23, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      2018 FMBC Low Roller
      22 miles
      2018 High Roller
      30 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      S-Christopher (Jun 15, 2017 at 14:17)
       Black bear cub seen by new bridge near TR3 at noon today
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      Coal Discovery Trail - Fernie, BC | Mountain...
      15:58 | 373 | Jul 26, 2018 , Fernie

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