2.2 miles
Distance
147 ft
Climb
-1,874 ft
Descent
00:24:01
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
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #53080 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #75447 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in E-Biking
    • 40 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for South Castle mountain bike trail 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
    00:24:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:09:58
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on May 22, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.85 (7 votes)

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  • Ideal
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      South Castle Trail Reports

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      May 22, 2021 @ 4:27pm
      May 22, 2021
      Deadly tree across trail on high speed section between branch H road and river road.
      May 11, 2021 @ 8:48pm
      May 11, 2021
      Clear of trees between Branch H and the bottom. Bridge near La Bamba still has minor damage.
      May 5, 2021 @ 11:58am
      May 5, 2021
      Couple of trees down after the first bridge, bridge has some minor damage. Mostly dry until 2.5km, Snow after. Fresh bear tracks.
      Dec 29, 2020 @ 11:44am
      Dec 29, 2020
      Several large trees down on the lower section of the trail below River Road in the bridge area.
      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...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 10 miles avg distance
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      Jun 22, 2020 @ 11:39am
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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      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.
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      • + 0
      SherPic (Aug 28, 2019 at 21:38)
       Lower section beginning end of Snoop Lion was a fun, rooty, oh so skinny trail!
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      adotwall (Jul 22, 2020 at 15:07)
       From daily special until it joins with southern comfort it is super overgrown
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      Cindypelletier (Jun 16, 2021 at 16:33)
       Top section of trail is really overgrown. Came out of that section bleeding from tree attacks lol
      [Reply]

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      South Castle Rocks - Fernie, BC - Sept 24/11
      13:05 | 781 | Sep 27, 2011 , Fernie
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