5 miles
Distance
299 ft
Climb
-3,299 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Hike-a-Bike
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #7959 in Mountain Biking

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, use 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
    -12.478%
  • Grade max
    -61.854%
  • Grade min
    20.537%
  • Distance climb
    5,259 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    636 ft
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Status:
on Nov 3, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 5 (3 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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  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 1 week
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  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
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  • One Direction
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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 or Major Issue / Red

  • 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
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  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      Folding Mountain... Trail Reports

      datedescription
      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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      Feb 16, 2019 @ 10:24am
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      | 2 comments Folding Mountain (Hike a Bike)

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag brycemtb (Jul 19, 2017 at 10:23)
       need to do this
      [Reply]
      • - 1
      flag mostpinkbike (Jul 22, 2017 at 18:41)
       DISCLAIMER: NOT FOR EVERYDAY RECREATIONAL BIKERS.
      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.
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      • + 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.
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      • + 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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