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Sulphur Springs

Average Rating:    (4.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

This trail is an all-encompassing lung and leg burner. It's got killer ascents up loose-rock and rooty singletrack, then merges into a fireroad climb to the top of the trail. I'ts a loop route so after a brake busting descent you end up where you started. You can take the loop both ways to conquer both sides of the climb and bomb run. The scenery of Kananaskis is unbelievable, so take a lunch and you can chow down before one of the best views I've ever seen! A local bike shop runs a race on this trail every year, so that should give some indication of the toughness of it.
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Latitude
50.9031410866125
Longitude
-114.68748092651367
Trail Directions
Take highway 22x west past Bragg Creek into Kananaskis Country and turn at Station Flats.
Trail Length
not sure...takes about 2 hours to ride
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Calgary/Bragg creek
   


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Review Date
July 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Ecogeek ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you want to ride it clean, S Springs is a real lung and quad destroyer for most people. If you like almost pure lactic acid in your veins and dizziness as the ol heart tries to push your eyes out of their sockets then you will love this trail. Otherwise you will need to do a bit of pushing if you want to keep your lungs inside your chest.
Not recommended for v hot days.
This is the 'warm up' to moosepackers!
I normally ride this anticlockwise. That way the final climb is (as noted in other reviews) a REAL B@5T@RD! Not least as to the ininitiated it will come as a nasty surprise just when you thought you were almost home and dry. Few people can clean the start of this section and even if they do, not all will make it up the rest before the oxygen debt of what they have just done crushes their dream of a completely clean ride.
This is a great training ride. Not a good first ride of the year. Not a good first ride for a noob wanting to hit some real trails. Not even a good first intermediate level ride. But, if you can handle other intermediate trails no probs and want some good training, this is as much of a fitness test as you make it that doesn't take long. Not v technical, but just try to clean it without dabbing and you might be coughing up blood by bedtime!
If you feel this trail will be a challenge, then a high-volume, soft, light & nobby tire on the back will help in the loose stuff (something like a 2.24 Motoraptor). Bar ends are nice here. Clipless pedals are a big help. Esp if you have the strength to push bigger gears smoothly on steep stuff. Adjustable travel fork makes this trail more fun on the ups and the downs. I prefer to carry the extra weight of an 85-130mm U-Turn over the 100mm Reba Team on this trail. If you are no longer 20 years old, your bike is set up for comfort with high bars and you don't have adjustable travel to drop the front end, you are going to struggle to climb parts of this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Eagle Hill and Deer Ridge is a nice easy build up before trying S Springs.
Elbow Loop (or just the N half as an out and back) makes a better day trip with better views. Also a good fitness builder before S Springs on easier trail.
Powderface.



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Review Date
August 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: BrentP ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think Pinkrobe described this ride perfectly. It's absolutely one of my favorites due to its nice mix of lung searing technical climbs, winding downhill singletrack, and undulating tempo riding through the forest. Plus it's only 30 minutes from Calgary, so you can get a good ride in either before or after work without it eating into your day. I try to ride this loop at least twice a week, and as somebody else said, it's the perfect training ride for someone trying to build their fitness and skills level for racing.

Recommended Route:
I ride it counter clockwise for the best technical challenge.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For a nice long tempo ride with great views and some good long, but not technical, climbs, I recommend the Elbow Loop a little further down the road.



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Review Date
March 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: pinkrobe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
While not the uber-ride that cox hill is, this is one of the toughest short loops near Calgary. It's one of my favourite rides, mostly because of the pain and suffering involved.

The best way to do it IMHO, is to ride from Station Flats to the 4-way intersection, go right and do the loop counter-clockwise. It's not straight up right away, but 15 minutes in you'll be looking hard for a spare lung and that extra quad. There are three major climbs. I think the first is the worst, but it's all rideable. The second one is short and steep after the road crossing, then the last one is a real b@$t@rd. It's got loose shale around hairpin switchbacks, and becomes violently steep near the top. The downhill back to the 4-way is just perfect. If you give'r, you'll have to fight to keep your bike on the trail around the blind corners, but that's half the fun. For XC riders, this is a great ride to build your fitness and makes the climb on the Bow race course by Barrier Dam easy.

Recommended Route:
to the 4-way from station flats, then right to do the loop counter-clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
moosepackers!



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Review Date
August 6, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Nicky ,  Weekend Warrior , from Calgary, AB

Summary:
The first time I rode this trail I swore I would not do it again. Well I've been back at twice since and plan to go again soon.
It's a good leg burner and the downhill towards the end after the final climb is so rewarding, before you know it, you are back at the car.

Recommended Route:
I just ride out from the parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Telephone, Tom Snow



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Review Date
October 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Darryl , from Calgary

Summary:
Very cool little path to take. I see some guys with their DH or big hit bikes on this trail, and I have nothing but respect for them if they can do the whole trail on those behemoths. This trail will work you, I think this trail is perfectly tailored for the XC Rider. You muscle your way to the top of a hill, and rewarded with a nice descent. All that cliimbing and work gets you to the end of Sulphor springs which is accentuated with a series of downhills, smooth, and technical. Very "stimulating" and challenging ride for the intermediate or advanced rider.

Recommended Route:
Park by Diamond T, and do Diamond T first. This will get you a little warmed up before you hit Sulphur springs. Diamond T is pretty easy so don't sweat it. Then you head counter clockwise around the path indicated on all the scattered maps on the trails. You'll eventually work your way back to the parking area thruough a small open field right by highway 22X. Then drive back to Bragg Creek for some lunch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Try Elbow loop for an all day hike or a good 5 or 6 hour bike ride.



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