4 miles
682 ft
-1,038 ft
Avg time

Smooth Salamander Details

  • Riding Area
    Castle Mountain
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

Part of the Elk Valley / TransCanada Trail; Not to be outdone by its famous reptilian cousin across the valley (Lazy Lizard) the Morrissey area has its very own Smooth Salamander. This is part of the Trans Canada and a very fun flowy section of trail that goes on for a long way.

Expect machine built trail with berms, fun switchbacks and a couple of jaw-dropping viewpoints before heading back into the dark forest where the trolls live.

Keep an eye out as it crosses various DH runs (well signed). The people coming down there will not be able to stop.

Keep going onto the Trans Canada, or do a loop up one of the steeps mentioned above.

Access Info

A left off of Branch H as you head away from town. If you are looking for it from the other end it is right next to the little bridge section of River Road where Dopamine crosses.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Smooth Salamander bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -358 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,345 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,823 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,713 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,355 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,663 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 17, 2018
Avg: 4 (1 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 smooth-salamander trailhead (49.464900, -115.041850)
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Smooth Salamander Trail Reports

Jun 17, 2018 @ 10:37am
Jun 17, 2018
New barbwire fence is blocking the end of the trail
May 25, 2018 @ 11:22am
May 25, 2018
Armageddon cleared on Smooth Salamander by 3 kings. It's slightly more techy to get past root ball now. Some photos rotated for artistic effect,...
May 24, 2018 @ 9:37am
May 24, 2018
A couple of sections of pretty major deadfall just south of 3 Kings. Definitely needs chainsaw, and at least 2 people to clear it. You can still...
Sep 30, 2017 @ 6:38am
Sep 30, 2017
Some wet and muddy sections. A lot of fresh bear sign on the trail.
Sep 15, 2017 @ 5:45pm
Sep 15, 2017
reporter All trails are open again! Yay!
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May 25, 2018 @ 11:24am
May 25, 2018
Smooth Salamander, Fernie
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Smooth Salamander, Fernie
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May 25, 2018 @ 11:24am
May 25, 2018
Smooth Salamander, Fernie
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May 25, 2018 @ 11:23am
May 25, 2018
Smooth Salamander, Fernie

Routes with this trail

Trans Canada Trail (Elk Valley Trail) - Sparwood to Elko
52 miles

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