As you’re probably aware, the Goat Creek trail is closed this summer because of the Spray River bridge being washed out. Before that happened, however, I managed to get in two rides from the Canmore end – and getting caught both times in torrential downpours.
Goat Creek is one of my all-time favourite trails, for skiing and biking. I hope the Park is able to get the bridge restored before winter comes, or there will be a lot of unhappy skiers.
The Spray River trail is still open up to the washed-out bridge, which will give you approx 10K from the Banff trailhead. Goat Creek is open from the Canmore end only to the Banff boundary, which is .9K.
Getting back to my bike ride, the weather was nice when I set out but suddenly changed about 15 minutes after starting out. It poured for about a half-hour, and I didn’t have any rain gear with me. It did stop just as I reached the 12K mark so I stopped and put on a dry shirt for the fast downhill. The photo shows me in my “clean” shirt!
Most guidebooks and maps indicate that Goat Creek is 18 K. I GPS’d it and got 18.9K.