Goat Creek Trail is a nice, easy 18km (one way) bike trail from Canmore to Banff (or vice versa or both). Easy if you start at the Canmore end. There is 1000' of elevation drop from there to Banff, with the odd uphill section. The trail follows a dirt trail at the beginning and widens to an old road by the end, with numerous bridge crossings in between. Ends at the Banff Springs Hotel parking lot. Lots of hikers (walkers) near the Banff end.
From Canmore drive south on the Spray Lakes road about 9km. Large parking area on the west side of the road.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Feb 27 00:43:04 UTC 2017
UpsideGreat workout XC skiing with lots of ups and downs. Not too busy for the most part. DownsideNot groomed with one track available sometimes for the first 13.5 km when leaving form Canmore and crowded for the last 5.8 km to Banff. CommentWe are primarily hikers-scramblers and skied only 3 times in three years so doing that 38.6 km day of XC skiing was extremely challenging for us. I don't know what we were thinking but it's done even though we could barely walk the next morning! It's a nice spot but we went to Moraine Rd and Mount Shark the last couple of years and it was much nicer in terms of views even though way busier than here.
Posted By: tjfluet
- Thu May 26 01:29:51 UTC 2011
Commentdid that trail on saturday may 21- mostly dry, some muddy patches and a few snow/ice patches but nothing you couldn't easily ride over/around. Likely melted by now. fenders would keep your back cleaner but it was no problem. We left our car at the trailhead, rode to banff, took the paved Legacy trail back to the hotel in Canmore, then canmore cabs picked us up and took us back to the car for 20.00 Other cab co's were 40 or 50, or wouldn't go up there at all.
Posted By: jrestoule
- Thu May 26 01:15:50 UTC 2011
Questionwe are cycling through canmore (have arrived tonight) and would like to take the trail but were concerned about snow cover or impassable spots. Can you advise tonight? Thank youANSWERS are in this forum: trail condition
Posted By: tjfluet
- Sat May 14 03:22:38 UTC 2011
QuestionAnyone know the easiest way to get Back to Canmore from Banff ? Or is it possible to leave a vehicle in Banff in the early morning, shuttle to the Canmore trailhead, the ride to Banff, hit the hot springs, and pick up the car?ANSWERS are in this forum: shuttle / taxi back to Canmore? Goat Creek trail
Posted By: SlayerQC
- Sun Jul 19 07:45:54 UTC 2009
UpsideMTB: From canmore, it's a fast downhill. Nice scenery. -- DownsideA little on the easy side, lots of slow riders. CommentFun to ridedown from the canmore side. Quite wide, mostly gravel. some nice short uphills. Fast if you want it to be, most seem to go sloooow. Many hikers. As easy as it gets, I guess.
Posted By: munharrison
- Mon May 19 04:52:16 UTC 2008
UpsidePrimarily downhill, well travelled trail so getting lost isn't an issue. DownsideSharp rocks. Bring spare tubes, I got 2 flats in one day. CommentThis is a good trail but setting up the shuttle means quite a bit of driving.
Posted By: vb_skier
- Mon Jul 11 04:57:30 UTC 2005
UpsideNice long aerobic workout Downsidedouble track the whole way, gets congested the closer you get to banff CommentEasier to go Canmore-Banff than vice versa, nice rocky double track with a couple of decents and long climbs.