Biking Goat Creek

by Bob Truman on May 24, 2015

in Bike

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Tereza on the Spray River bridge at 9K. This bridge has been replaced twice in the past 3 years.

It’s not as much fun as skiing it, but Goat Creek from Canmore to Banff is a very enjoyable bike ride. I did it yesterday(Saturday), and I would say it’s the driest I’ve ever seen this trail. Not one mud puddle.

Hikers on Goat Creek

Hikers on Goat Creek

It’s nice that all the bridges are now in place once again, with one minor exception. A small single lane bridge at 4.3K still has not been replaced but you can cross the drainage with no problem.

At 13.4K you have to make a choice whether to take the final 5.4K into Banff on the Spray River west or East trails. I chose the hilly West trail. There are a few places where there’s a lot of gravel on the trail, so you have to be careful that you don’t hit it at full speed, at least if you’re ability level is like mine.

This biker was returning to the trailhead

This biker was returning to the trailhead

The weather was perfect with a temperature of 20°C with a light breeze. I have never seen so many vehicles at the trailhead. The parking lot was full and vehicles were lined up on the road. Keep in mind that it also serves as the trailhead for Ha-Ling peak which is a popular hike.

Since the end of ski season I haven’t been very active, so it’s always a test of my fitness(or lack thereof) to see if I can make it up all those hills without stopping. I managed to do it by sheer force of will but my granny gear got a good workout.

From the Goat Creek trailhead to the Spray River West trailhead in Banff, it’s 18.9K with a net elevation loss of 280 metres.

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Three sisters creek – after the flood

May 23, 2015
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-Past the waterfall on Three Sisters Creek at 2.5K, the creek bed is strewn with rocks and uprooted trees. The former trail has been destroyed.- Three years ago,

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Canmore Highline trail

May 18, 2015
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– Brett and Nicole at the top of the west connector of the Highline trail – Conditions are excellent on the middle loop of the Highline trail for hiking and biking.

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Canmore’s open space and trails plan – your input and opinion

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The following is from the Town of Canmore: Do you love the trails around Canmore? The Open Space and Trails Plan guides the planning of the trails and paths in Canmore (as well as parks,

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Where would you rather ski?

April 16, 2015
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-Upper yellow of the Chester-Sawmill trails- Chester-Sawmill vs Mt Shark I don’t know how many of you have had the pleasure of skiing

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That’s it for me

April 16, 2015
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-Moraine Lake Road at Lake Louise- At some point in every ski season I have to do the inevitable: go for my last ski trip, which I did yesterday(Wednesday).

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Apr 10 – New grooming on MLR

April 10, 2015
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 Hi Bob, The trails on Moraine Lake Road are freshly groomed mid day today April 10th. Attached is a picture.

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An Easter feast in PLPP

April 5, 2015
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It was the final grooming of the season in PLPP, making for wonderful tracks and snow conditions in the south end of the park. 

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10 – 25 cm in PLPP

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The PLPP Live Grooming Report indicates that most of the south trails were trackset last night including Elk Pass, Blueberry Hill, Tyrwhitt, Hydroline, Whiskey Jack, and Lookout. It further

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More trails for next winter

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By my count, there were at least 122 bridges in Banff National Park and K-Country which were damaged by the 2013 floods. The Healy Creek Bridge, referred to in this Crag and Canyon article will be a very welcome sight next winter

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What trail did you miss the most?

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There’s no sugar-coating the poor skiing conditions of the past winter. It feels like we never got into high gear, and now it’s pretty well finished. The lack of snow, and the numerous rains and meltdowns took their toll on our trails.

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15/17 in PLPP

March 27, 2015
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I’m enjoying the spring skiing in PLPP. Perhaps I’ve lowered my expectations after such a difficult winter. Perhaps it’s my skis; as Jody mentioned, the right skis at the right time of day.

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Warming hut approved for Canmore Nordic Centre

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This is a story which was in today’s Rocky Mountain Outlook Cross-country skiing to the Canmore Nordic Centre meadow is about to get cozier.

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Moraine Lake Road

March 25, 2015
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-Moraine Lake Road- If you can survive the first 4.5K, you will be rewarded with an enjoyable ski for the final 4.5K.

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Spring skiing at its best

March 20, 2015
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-Pocaterra, between Whiskey Jack and Packers- Before I get started, thank you for the birthday well-wishes. You make me feel loved and appreciated!

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Bring sunscreen and hat

March 18, 2015
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-Sarah on Elk Pass- Here are some photos to go along with Frank Howard’s trip report from Elk Pass.

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Bonus kilometres

March 16, 2015
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-Tara, Siobhan, and Ashley were trying out skate skiing for the first time at the Canmore Nordic Centre- Yesterday’s snowfall allowed me to have a pleasant ski

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8-10 cm in Canmore

March 16, 2015
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Monday March 16 @ 9 a.m: We received about 6 cm of high-density snow yesterday afternoon/evening in Canmore. Woke up to a further 2 cm

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The life-blood of this blog

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I don’t think I could successfully survive a ski season anymore without this wonderful community of trip reporters, commenters, readers and tracksetters.

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Elk Pass and Tyrwhitt

March 13, 2015
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-Last night’s tracksetting on Tyrwhitt was in excellent condition if you didn’t mind that it was soft and slow in the sunny areas-

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