3.6 miles
804 ft
-857 ft
1.0 miles
High Point

Sulphur Springs Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    May - November
  • Global Ranking
  • 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.

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More Stats for Sulphur Springs mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -53 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,760 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,815 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,762 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    1.4 miles
  • Distance down
    2.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    754 ft
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on Nov 15, 2016
Avg: 2.8 (9 votes)

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Sulphur Springs Trail Reports

Nov 15, 2016 @ 8:55am
Nov 15, 2016
Hit this (as part of the Sulphur Springs Loop) on Saturday. Was in perfect shape. No muck.
Oct 24, 2016 @ 5:33pm
Oct 24, 2016
Dry in the dry spots, some snow/ice in the shady areas.
Oct 16, 2016 @ 6:55pm
Oct 16, 2016
Fair amount of snow and then wet mud down at the bottom. Otherwise dry.
Sep 4, 2016 @ 9:04am
Sep 4, 2016
Jul 24, 2016 @ 3:14pm
Jul 24, 2016
Mostly dry as of Jul 21, but still a few wet spots draining out - should be good to go by now
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74 | Oct 3, 2016 , Bragg Creek
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