Distance: 3.2 km (includes ascent)
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Elevation Loss: 210 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No
The upper and lower School of Rock are single direction trail. A wide firebreak separates the upper from the lower sections. The upper section is what comes to mind when people refer to this trail – it is predominately a ride down a ridge taking in rock out crops and slabs. While there are many natural and man-made technical features, they can generally be bypassed without difficulty. Check TTF’s before you ride – some are getting a bit antiquated and should probably be dismantled. At the firebreak, a number of trails converge so pay extra attention to follow your route.
TRAILHEAD | N49 36.312 W114 30.411
Where you park will depend on whether you wish to combine School of Rock with other trails in the area. The south side of Coleman or along York Creek road offer plenty of parking options.
The trail is accessed from the York Creek Road via OHV trails. The currently preferred route is to come in from the south using a singletrack climbing route (shown as blue/intermediate on the map). Until this option was built, the OHV trail to the west and paralleling the upper section was the usual route.
There are no trail signs so if you are new to the area, take a trail map or go with someone who knows the route. The map shows the principal trails and OHV access/connectors. There are more trails so pay careful attention to navigation if this is your first visit.
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For a longer ride, School of Rock is often combined with York with a Fork. Having completed the upper School of Rock section, you can continue down lower School of Rock or do a short jog west on to Pineapple Express/Whistling Post. At 350 m down Pineapple Express you can continue down Pineapple Express or take the OHV track to the left over to Super Trooper.