I biked the High Rockies trail from its start at Goat Creek to Goat Pond which is a pretty easy 14K return trip.
You need to take the Goat Creek trail for .9K to reach the High Rockies turn-off. It’s easy to miss if you’re not watching for it. It’s at the Banff boundary sign but the marker is very small.
There are a few obstacles on the initial 2K which will slow you down. I encountered two fallen tress which I had to lift my bike over. About 50 metres from the start, the trail has been washed out for a stretch of 100 metres and only the most daring of riders would attempt it. I walked most of it.
It was nice to see the Osprey nest with birds in it. I could only see a head poking out the top. I’m not sure if it was the adult or one of the chicks.
I encountered one large puddle of water but it was easy to ride right through it.
There are numerous flowers in bloom along the trail. The best things about this stretch of trail are the magnificent scenery and the fact that it is far away from the dusty Spray Lakes road.
You can park at Goat pond and start there. The 7.6k section of trail from Goat pond to Driftwood is probably my favourite.