4 miles
Distance
682 ft
Climb
-1,038 ft
Descent
00:29:22
Avg time

Smooth Salamander Details

  • Riding Area
    Castle Mountain
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #23067 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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
    -1.831%
  • Grade max
    -52.974%
  • Grade min
    36.515%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,663 ft
  • Avg time
    00:29:22
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Status:
on Jun 17, 2018
Variable
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
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  • 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
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • 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
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      Smooth Salamander Trail Reports

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      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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 17 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
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      • 53 rides
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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

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