4 miles
Distance
804 ft
Climb
-857 ft
Descent
00:53:08
Avg time

Sulphur Springs Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Station Flats / Allen Bill
    Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    May - November
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #35562 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
  • 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
    -0.278%
  • Grade max
    -163.544%
  • Grade min
    50.715%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    754 ft
  • Avg time
    00:53:08
  • Avg reverse time
    01:03:18
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Status:
on Jun 16, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 2.8 (14 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
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • 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
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Sulphur Springs Trail Reports

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      Jun 16, 2020 @ 12:54pm
      Jun 16, 2020
      A few mud splotches otherwise mint between elbow and the cutoff (to go up towards pneuma & 7-27)
      Jun 10, 2020 @ 3:10pm
      Jun 10, 2020
      May 25, 2020 @ 9:19pm
      May 25, 2020
      Wet from Elbow Valley to just beyond the junction with 7-27, then good to Pneuma.
      May 18, 2020 @ 2:08pm
      May 18, 2020
      reporter Highly variable conditions. The usual wets spots are very wet, and there are a few areas that are quite snowy. Once you're on the climb, it's...
      May 18, 2020 @ 9:45am
      May 18, 2020
      Pretty much rideable all round, small amount of ice /soft snow and mud patches.
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      Routes with this trail

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      Sulphur Pneuma 727 Loop
      7 miles
      Moosepackers Loop
      15 miles
      Sulphur to Pneuma to 7 of 27
      9 miles
      Bragg to Canmore
      63 miles

      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Deinarson (Jun 10, 2019 at 15:24)
       Some great views up here!
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      GoPro: Sulphur Springs Trail, Moose, Mountain,...
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