Biking Goat Creek

by Bob Truman on May 24, 2015

in Bike

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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.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Doug Henderson July 5, 2018 at 8:00 am

Hi, would hybrids with front suspension work on Goat Creek from Canmore to Banff?

Thanks!

Doug

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2 Bob Truman July 5, 2018 at 8:17 am

It would be a bumpy ride, and the gravel on the Spray River West trail could present some challenges.

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3 Doug Henderson July 6, 2018 at 11:24 am

Thx Bob. All the bikes have front suspension and a couple have suspension seat posts. Is the east trail any easier?

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4 Bob Truman July 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

The east trail has fewer hills.

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