5 miles
299 ft
-3,299 ft
1 miles
High Point


  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking

Warning: This is not a bike trail.
Careful research, preparation and navigation are needed. This uses the folding mountain hiking trail accessed by a steep hike-a-bike climb from highway 16 and the Folding Mountain Brewery. Watch for hikers!!!

Many trail types encountered including single-track, tight willow sections, steep rocky sections, steep rooty sections, drop away ridge lines. Scope out any ridge lines, scree rides and technical sections first before trying to ride. There are always fallen trees and other hazards

This unsanctioned trail is not supported by any local trail associations. Planning, navigation, bear spray, survival pack, cellphone/tracking, expert level riding skills and fitness required. If this is you, expect a rewarding but surprisingly quick ride with amazing views, wildlife, challenging technical riding and one of the few rides of it's kind in Alberta.

This trail is Unsanctioned, Ride at your own Risk!

More Stats for Folding Mountain (Hike a Bike) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,000 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,785 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,796 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,796 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5,259 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    636 ft
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on Nov 3, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to folding-mountain-hike-a-bike trailhead (53.212766, -117.703684)
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Folding Mountain... Trail Reports

Nov 3, 2017 @ 10:54am
Nov 3, 2017
Snowed November 1st 2017
Oct 30, 2017 @ 9:21am
Oct 30, 2017
Snow!! Probably trees down with heavy winds
Oct 12, 2017 @ 9:39am
Oct 12, 2017
Jun 18, 2017 @ 1:33pm
Jun 18, 2017
Trail is in the best shape EVER! Get up there and ride it if you like epic descents. We pushed up from the bottom (hwy) and cleared any remaining...
Nov 9, 2015 @ 2:54pm
Nov 9, 2015
Snow covered
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4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag brycemtb (Jul 19, 2017 at 10:23)
 need to do this
  • - 1
flag mostpinkbike (Jul 22, 2017 at 18:41)
You will be doing a lot of hiking and not a whole heck of a lot of biking. Just did this today. If you're staying at the campground and think you'll have a fun fast ride down, you're in for it.
Start by having a vehicle drive you up to the trail head which you then push your bike up a rutted out quad trail for an hour. Then it's up a creek and some super steep sections where you'll need a second person to help get the bike up. All in all ~3 of climbing up. Then you ride the Folding Mtn crest for a bit. Once you reach the summit there is an INSANELY nasty shale descend cross mountain walking the bike again. Then you finally begin descending on your bike down the spine with the last 1/2 hour of down being wicked awesome. All in all it took us 6 hours the whole thing. It truly deserves a double black rating and is terrifying with only about an hour of true DH biking.
  • + 1
flag map-guy YCPR (Oct 30, 2017 at 9:28)
 The best way to ride this is to hike a bike up the hiking trail from Highway 16. Park in the grass off the highway (safe for cars, not usually wet). Better to hike a bike up so you can see what you'll be descending before you decend. Plus the middle ridge section is completely rideable. This also weeds out the recreational riders from the adventurers. Plan your day around safety.
  • + 0
flag alxtomlinson (Aug 1, 2018 at 19:00)
 Haha, that's the easy route... You do not want to follow the spine south at the summit...

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Folding Mountain
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