Sulphur Springs Details
Riding AreaStation Flats / Allen Bill
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Bike TypeAM, XC, Fat
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
SeasonMay - November
Global Ranking#35562 in Mountain Biking
Local Popularity30 in Mountain Biking
Land ManagerAlberta Parks
If you started mountain biking in the 90s, you probably rode "Suffer Springs" on a regular basis. Site of the Ridley's Summer Solstice race for ~20 years, many riders tested out their newfangled 50mm suspension and 1.95" tires on the steep climbs and loose descents.
These days, Sulphur Springs is a lot quieter, but still popular. From Station Flats, take the Elbow Valley trail west until the junction with SS. Turning right at the junction [bottom of a small hill at the edge of a meadow] will put you on a wide trail that quickly splits into a horse trail on the left and a climbing singletrack off to the right. The two trails meet ~250m further ahead, but the singletrack is nicer. After that, the trail is wide and rolling until you cross a creek and enter The Swamp [you'll know it when you see it] that is over quickly. From here, the trail has been rerouted to ease you into the climbing. There are 3-4 distinct pitches, all in fairly good shape given the years of use by bikers, hikers, horses and cows. Cross a wide cutline and rip down the far side [tiny wallride at the bottom!]. Within 50m there is a junction with Pneuma that a lot of people take to ride up to Race of Spades, Moosepackers and other trails. You can also go downhill on Pneuma to cut off a big chunk of Elbow Valley and make a fairly quick return to Station Flats.
SS goes in a fairly straight line from the junction with Pneuma to Moose Mountain Road. Cross the road [watch out for traffic], and follow the trail past the parking area and then up in a straight shot to the top of the hill. From that vantage point you can see the Elbow Valley and 3 wellsites. The descent is fun, with a bunch of berms donated by an anonymous source. You'll reach the junction with Elbow Valley fairly quickly, and that is where most people head back toward Station Flats. If you continue on SS, you'll end up on Hwy 66, which you can cross to access the Riverview trail.
This is a gateway trail that leads you to other rides and loops. It is highly variable, with narrow and wide sections, hardpack and loose dirt. If you fancy yourself a climber, this is the trail for you.
Most access this from the Station Flats trailhead via Elbow Valley trail.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Sulphur Springs bike trail
Altitude change-53 ft
Altitude min4,760 ft
Altitude max5,424 ft
Altitude start4,815 ft
Altitude end4,762 ft
Distance climb1 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat754 ft
Avg reverse time01:08:15
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Sulphur Springs Trail Reports
Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:22amAug 7, 2018
|Trail has mild amounts of mud in the usual spots and is drying up fast. the rest of the trail is absolutely perfect with a good tack to it. Pivot...|
Jul 15, 2018 @ 4:49pmJul 15, 2018
|reporter Pretty good, all clear in the eastern end [Elbow Valley to the short cut] with a couple squishy bits but nothing significant.|
Jul 14, 2018 @ 9:42pmJul 14, 2018
|Lower parts have dried considerably from the early July rain. Upper parts are totally dry and the steep technical climbs can be loose but...|
Jun 2, 2018 @ 12:09pmJun 2, 2018
Jun 2, 2018 @ 12:09pmJun 2, 2018
2018 Shred List85 trails
Routes with this trail
|Sulphur to Pneuma to 7 of 27||9 miles|
|Mooseduro 2018 Long Course race||19 miles|
|Moosepackers Loop||15 miles|
|SS to Pneuma to RoS||9 miles|
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