4 miles
804 ft
-857 ft
Avg time

Sulphur Springs Details

  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    May - November
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #35562 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta 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.

Access Info

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 min
    4,760 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,424 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,815 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,762 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    754 ft
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on Jan 12, 2019
Snow Packed
Avg: 2.75 (13 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
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  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Sulphur Springs Trail Reports

      Jan 12, 2019 @ 2:08pm
      Jan 12, 2019
      Covered with packed snow until the first climb. Some icy patches, no issues riding with summer tires.
      Aug 7, 2018 @ 7:22am
      Aug 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 @ 4:49pm
      Jul 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 @ 9:42pm
      Jul 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 @ 12:09pm
      Jun 2, 2018
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