Nez Perce Road Details
The climb up Nez Perce Rd. is described in Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies as “Trail #99 Nez Perce to McGillivray Ridge Repeater”. As noted in the book it is a "major gear-grinding grunt". The summit is well above treeline with excellent views of Crowsnest Mountain and the Seven Sisters, as well as most of the Crowsnest River valley from the continental divide to the Livingstone Range. It also provides access to other single-track trails in the Nez Perce Valley and to hiking on open ridges.
From the McGillivray Staging Area, ride east then northeast along a gas pipeline ROW to the top of the ridge between Wedge Mountain and Nez Perce Creek. From the ridge, descend a rough OHV trail to the dirt road beside Nez Perce Creek. Both the pipeline and the rough OHV trail is shown as the Daisy Creek Tr on the OSM base map above, if zoomed in the right amount.
Directions to McGillivray Staging Area:
Take Hwy 3 to 61 Street in Coleman; turn north and follow signs for the Gun Club and McGillivray Staging Area. Follow the main route (which becomes 63 St.) for 2.5 km where you will enter the Forest Reserve and reach a large clearing under a large power line.
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More Stats for Nez Perce Road mountain bike trail
Altitude change2,156 ft
Altitude min4,912 ft
Altitude start4,912 ft
Altitude end1.3 miles
Distance climb4.4 miles
Distance down1,856 ft
Distance flat597 ft
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