3 miles
238 ft
-2,459 ft
Avg time

Sheep Creek Details

  • Riding Area
    Rossland Range
    Rossland, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Dewdney Backside, Big Sheep
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #39667 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    Crown Land

The Sheep Creek trail, formerly known as 'Dewdney Backside' is an all-mountain style singletrack that drops west, from the Cascade Summit into the remote, Big Sheep Creek Valley. The trail is narrower, rougher and less featured than the east side Dewdney trail, however, Sheep Creek is more aesthetic, a little more challenging and just as fast and thrilling. It contains mostly intermediate riding down old singletrack, broken by several steep, loose logging roads. Lower into the valley the trail encounters a couple of tight corners and some rock challenges, including a final boulder field before it ends onto Big Sheep Creek Rd.

The KCTS began managing and maintaining the Sheep Creek trail in the summer of 2009, as requests for more downhill trails became apparent. This 5 km section of the historic Dewdney trail, which was original built in 1865 as a pack route to the goldfields in the East Kootenay, had seen little maintenance in 150 years and was in need of care. The corridor now sees annual clearing, with tread work being performed regularly. The trail sees more use now than ever before and for riders has become an excellent downhill ride through forested slopes in a spectacular setting.

Hints: The first 1 km of trail follows a slight bench above the Old Rossland Cascade Hwy and then crosses the road for the first and only time. Look slightly uphill to a post and trail which can be hidden by the bank. Likewise, further down the trail, try to observe where the trail leaves the logging road, which are all signposted.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sheep Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,221 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,382 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,607 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,602 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,382 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,266 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    342 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jul 5, 2018
Avg: 3 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • 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
  • Other Other
Directions to sheep-creek trailhead (49.029793, -117.895886)
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Sheep Creek Trail Reports

Jul 5, 2018 @ 7:18pm
Jul 5, 2018
Several trees down on top section, just after road.. Also the whole trail needs brushing..lots of wheel/derailleur snappers top to bottom
Mar 19, 2018 @ 9:33am
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018 @ 9:25am
Mar 19, 2018
Jan 14, 2018 @ 7:48pm
Jan 14, 2018
Jul 25, 2017 @ 4:57pm
Jul 25, 2017
reporter The KCTS trail crew cleared all the windfall. Very dry, and rough in places.
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Routes with this trail

Double Dewdney
30 miles

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag bcpunk MTBco (Jan 21, 2015 at 21:38)
 are people still riding the backside these days? I host a trail riding weekend in christina lake each year and was wondering if this was still rideable.
  • + 1
flag barry-mclane (Mar 20, 2015 at 15:29)
 Still rideable. People shuttle it every now and then. It's not maintained regularly though.

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