Lille Coal Mine Trail

Frank, Alberta

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The trail is located in the Crowsnest Pass, near the Frank slide Interpretive Center, which is found along Highway 3. This pleasant 7.7 miles out-and-back, beginner-level trail takes you to the remains of a turn-of-the-century coal mine and traverses some picturesque rolling terrain. The wide doubletrack trail includes two major fords. Beginning along a back road adjacent to the Frank Slide Interpretive Center, it follows Gold Creek toward the distant slopes of Grassy Mountain. As you look at the slopes, the area's once plentiful coal is evident in the scar left behind by open-pit mining on Grassy Mountain. The mining here was much more recent, occurring in the early 1950s. From the start, this trail is in excellent condition. It is a wide four-wheel-drive road that descends over its first several kilometres. As it winds through the woods, the trail passes through a parkland environment made up largely of aspen with some sections of lodgepole pine. At km 2.1 (mi. 1.26), a gated road to the left bears an old, barely readable sign: “Sorry, No Personal Cheques Cashed.” Its origin is a mystery, as no buildings stand nearby. Stay on the main trail at all gated junctions along the route.
Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

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Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

by Ward Cameron (Ward Cameron Enterprises)

The trail is located in the Crowsnest Pass, near the Frank slide Interpretive Center, which is found along Highway 3. This pleasant 7.7 miles out-and-back, beginner-level trail takes you to the remains of a turn-of-the-century coal mine and traverses some picturesque rolling terrain. The wide doubletrack trail includes two major fords. Beginning along a back road adjacent to the Frank Slide Interpretive Center, it follows Gold Creek toward the distant slopes of Grassy Mountain. As you look at the slopes, the area's once plentiful coal is evident in the scar left behind by open-pit mining on Grassy Mountain. The mining here was much more recent, occurring in the early 1950s.

From the start, this trail is in excellent condition. It is a wide four-wheel-drive road that descends over its first several kilometres. As it winds through the woods, the trail passes through a parkland environment made up largely of aspen with some sections of lodgepole pine. At km 2.1 (mi. 1.26), a gated road to the left bears an old, barely readable sign: “Sorry, No Personal Cheques Cashed.” Its origin is a mystery, as no buildings stand nearby. Stay on the main trail at all gated junctions along the route.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Frank
Length: 7.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Mid-July to mid-October.
Local Contacts: Forest Ranger Station in Blairmore, 403-562-7307.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 G / 9 Blairmore.
Topo Map: Lille Coal Mine Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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