2 miles
Distance
147 ft
Climb
-1,874 ft
Descent
00:18:45
Avg time

South Castle Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Castle Mountain
    Fernie, British Columbia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #17520 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is a great extension to Southern Comfort. Fast and pretty open until you cross a gravel road and dive into the trees. At that point it's fast and a bit tighter.

Access Info

Head up Hyperventilation. As you near the top there is a right turn labelled Castle Rocks, and the Hypervent trail turns sharp left. Follow the Castle Rocks Trail - starts off a bit down and then starts climbing pretty sharply up to a junction point about 600 metres from Hypervent. At the junction there is a tree in the trail where the trail turns sharp left or sharp right and there is a sign. The true South Castle starts here on the right. Steep and slidey. 99% of folk will actually turn left and continue to Southern Comfort for a much more fun down. Both join up lower down.

The South Castle trail goes all the way down to Cokato Road, crossing a couple of gravel roads on the way down. For a better alternative, look out for the new (2016) Trans Canada Trail where it crosses South Castle and jump on that to head over to Roots and Montane.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for South Castle mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,727 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,301 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,028 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,028 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,301 ft
  • Grade
    -15.205%
  • Grade max
    -61.932%
  • Grade min
    37.373%
  • Distance climb
    906 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    401 ft
  • Avg time
    00:18:45
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:58
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Status:
on Jul 17, 2020
Dry
Avg: 3.85 (7 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Closed

  • 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
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
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  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Boardwalk Boardwalk
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to south-castle trailhead (49.478420, -115.030800)
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      South Castle Trail Reports

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      Jul 17, 2020 @ 2:00pm
      Jul 17, 2020
      The old road section (I thought this was South Castle?) has been brushed and mowed down to branch H (bottom of Today's Special). It's wide open...
      Jun 26, 2020 @ 4:12pm
      Jun 26, 2020
      Tree removed. All g.
      Jun 22, 2020 @ 11:39am
      Jun 22, 2020
      Tree down above river rd, below branch H. Hand saw would do. It’s a bit surprising around a blind corner so be aware!
      Jun 19, 2020 @ 8:45pm
      Jun 19, 2020
      Tree down across trail still attached at base too big to move on lower flowy section 200m above road
      May 22, 2019 @ 6:45pm
      May 22, 2019
      Can't see track very well as very overgrown
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 8 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      All
      • 209 rides
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      Jun 22, 2020 @ 11:39am
      Jun 22, 2020

      Routes with this trail

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      titleratingdistance
      Straightline Recommendation
      9 miles
      Super High Roller 2018
      33 miles
      2018 High Roller
      30 miles
      Frig Off
      9 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Kimcollins (Aug 11, 2019 at 21:32)
       Like a stair case of deep roots on the lower portion, one of the gnarliest trails I’ve ridden.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag SherPic (Aug 28, 2019 at 21:38)
       Lower section beginning end of Snoop Lion was a fun, rooty, oh so skinny trail!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag adotwall (Jul 22, 2020 at 15:07)
       From daily special until it joins with southern comfort it is super overgrown
      [Reply]

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      South Castle Rocks - Fernie, BC - Sept 24/11
      13:05 | 727 | Sep 27, 2011 , Fernie
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