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Goat Creek Trail

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Deborah A wrote a review Oct 2020
51 contributions11 helpful votes
The Goat Creek trail is a cross country cyclist's dream.  We peddled the nearly 50 km loop from Banff through Canmore and back as a daytrip Sep 30, 2020.   We set out on the Banff Legacy Trail (BLT) that starts at the east end of Banff Ave.  The BLT is easy cycling on a mainly level paved path for about 23 km.  We routed up through Canmore past the Nordic Centre and around the Rundle Forebay Reservoir all on paved road until the gravel of the Spray Lake road started.  This section from town up through the pass to the Goat Creek Trailhead was approximately 7.5 km of steady elevation gain.  The Goat Creek trail is a beautiful 18.5 km double track traiI with scenic glimpses of spectacular mountains through the trees.  There are a few good bridges to facilitate creek crossings as well as a couple of clearings for rest stops.  Our direction of travel was mainly (but not fully) a decending grade. It is worth doing a little research prior to setting out as this review is not intended to be a thorough route guide.  Be sure to set out with water, a snack, layers of clothing, and basic tire changing tools.  We completed the trip (including breaks to check our route and for a short rests) in 5 hours in good weather.  Strong riders could trim some time off.  This is doable for any reasonably fit cyclist but for those less experienced or cautious, I would suggest a shuttle (Three Sisters Taxi?) up the Spray Lakes road (AB-742) which is a good peddling grade but is loose gravel and generates alot of dust from passing cars. Our tour took us right to the magnificent Banff Springs Hotel where we rewarded ourselves with a beer and snack on the spacious patio.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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OneWorldPeople wrote a review Sep 2020
Alberta15 contributions7 helpful votes
Sept 22, 2020 Lovely wide gravel trail. Rode from Canmore to Banff and returned back to Canmore on the Legacy trail via Trans Canada hwy. Great for novice to intermediate rider. Approx. 19 kms oneway from the trail head to Banff Spring hotel. Lots of downhills and a few good uphills. Some areas of the trail have loose rocks. Bring pepper spray. Saw bear scat in some areas. Great day!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Resort30386 wrote a review Sep 2018
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Rode through such beautiful terrain on gravel trails from Canmore to Banff. Started down a bumpy rocky road - at first felt like I was getting a skeletonal realignment :) Scenery was gorgeous and we stopped to admire on numerous occasions. We had to push our bikes uphill on numerous occasions but it allowed us to admire the wild flowers and ditch fauna. You need to be in moderately good shape to cycle it but doable for youth to seniors. After lunch in Banff we returned by the Legacy Trail - a paved bike path that hugs the main highway - which is much less memorable and challenging than the Goat's Creek Trail but really the way to go as there's more downhill from Canmore to Banff. I loved my Goat Creek Trail ride!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Audun007 wrote a review Aug 2017
Yokohama, Japan120 contributions22 helpful votes
We parked at the Goat Creek trail parking above Cannmore. we then used mountain bikes and cycled to Banff. The trail is a double gravel road with some bigges stones and some softer trail parties. when we went it was dry so the trail conditions vas very good indeed. The views were fantastic. Going from Cannmore to Banff is the easiest way to do the trail. we came back the same way after a nice lunch in Banff, and going back is more uphill indeed. We stiil enjoyed and it was a great day out
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Barry P wrote a review Jul 2017
Edmonton, Canada58 contributions20 helpful votes
After doing the legacy trail from Canmore to Banff, we decided to take the Goat Creek trail on the way back - not really sure what we were in for. We had water and sunscreen and bug spray and bear spray ... but we didn't expect the amount of vertical that we would encounter --- only discovered later that most will take the trail in the opposite direction ... wondered why we only encountered two other riders the entire time on the trail going in our direction and close to 20 going the other way ... and we did stop quite a few times to catch our breath, have some water and a snack. The trail isn't marked very well and we almost missed the turn to take us to the parking lot in Canmore - our phones died (take charger next time) and my GPS was left behind - won't do that again. Anyways, we did find the trail back to the parking lot and then had a great downhill ride into Canmore. We went with an adjustable soft tail Scott mountain-bike as well as a Jake Cyclocross hardtail ... suggest the mountain-bikes for sure for this trail. Want to do it again - this time from Canmore to Banff just to see the difference.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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