Goat Creek is one of my all-time favourite trails, and May 1st is the earliest I’ve ever biked it. I don’t get my fill of skiing Goat Creek in the winter, so I need to bike it a few times every summer as well. It’s as dry as I’ve ever seen it.
Goat Creek trailhead above Canmore had 10,000 vehicles in the parking lot and they were lined up for half-a-kilometre on each side of the road. I assume most of these vehicles belonged to hikers who were going up to Ha-Ling peak. I only encountered about 20 bikers/hikers on Goat Creek and High Rockies.
After 900 metres on Goat Creek, I made a detour onto the newly-built High Rockies trail to see if it was muddy or dry. I was only able to go 1.5K before it became too muddy for my liking. I suppose a die-hard mountain biker would have continued, and I could see the tracks of others, but I don’t find it to be much fun, not to mention the damage it does to the trail.
The Trans Alta osprey is back on its nest. There’s a tall pole near the power station where the nest is visible and one of the birds was chirping. Not sure if they have eggs or if they are just renovating in preparation.
To an osprey, a power pole is a perfect nesting site, so commonly, in order to not electrocute the birds, power companies build nesting platforms near the powerlines as a safer alternative.
Back up to Goat Creek where the trail was in excellent shape. Any low spots with mud were easily skirted and I didn’t get any splatter anywhere. The trail only became drier as I approached Banff.
Goat Creek ends at 9.5K at which point it connects to Spray River West and takes you to Banff. The total distance is 19K.