10.4 miles
Distance
1,155 ft
Climb
-979 ft
Descent
01:23:55
Avg time

Elk Rim Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Fernie
    , British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Local Popularity
    80 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

This is a 20 kilometer, 400 meters elevation gain/loss loop to the confluence of the Elk River and Kootenay. The trail is in great shape and there is good signage.

This is a very mellow single-track ride around this area. Be aware that dirt bikers (although forbidden) may be seen.

This route is believed to have been used in 1897 by two bicycle riders coming from Kalispell to provide a much-needed communication link between the East Kootenays and the wider world.

A traditional Ktunaxa trail, this trail was first used by Europeans in 1864 to carry supplies to the gold rush at Wildhorse Creek and smuggle gold back to the US to avoid the 25% BC Tax.

Trail was also travelled by David Thompson (1807-1811), Father De Smelt (1850s), Blackiston and John Palliser (1858 ). Lots of history at this location.

NO EBIKES ALLOWED

Access Info

From Fernie, drive towards Cranbrook, turning left onto the 93 heading South for about 15km. You will cross the big bridge over the Elk River, and climb steeply up the highway. After crossing the Elk River Bridge climb 1.2 kilometers to the top of the south bank and turn right onto a dirt road and across a cattle guard. Will see the parking lot and toilet at the trailhead.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Elk Rim Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    176 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,501 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,910 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,732 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,907 ft
  • Grade
    0.3%
  • Grade max
    -44.2%
  • Grade min
    38.7%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    01:23:55
  • Avg reverse time
    01:17:40
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Status:
on May 28, 2021
Ideal
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Elk Rim Trail Trail Reports

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      May 28, 2021 @ 3:19pm
      May 28, 2021
      Apr 9, 2021 @ 3:48pm
      Apr 9, 2021
      Riding really well
      Apr 4, 2021 @ 7:51am
      Apr 4, 2021
      Apr 2, 2021 @ 3:25pm
      Apr 2, 2021
      Loop 2 - Good conditions, mostly dry with a few softer sections
      Mar 27, 2021 @ 12:18pm
      Mar 27, 2021
      Good conditions, some spots where it's a bit greasy but not muddy and drying quickly
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 22 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 154 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 47 rides
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      1 Review & Comments

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      cjlane (Apr 9, 2021 at 15:44)
       Tail is perfect. If you bring the dog, bring water as it’s very dry.
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      Early Spring Riding! Elk Rim Trail
      21:00 | 55 | Apr 9, 2021 , Fernie
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