This is the Highwood Pass on Hiway 40. From June 15 - Dec 15, it is the highest paved road in Canada, from Dec. 15 - Jun 15, it is the highest paved road in Canada with a great big GATE across each end of it.
In the spring, it is a common destination for bike riders of all shapes and sizes, from knobby MTBs to sleek Cervélos, and even one fold-em-up.
The winter has a lot of people skiing and snowshoeing along it and possibly making a loop with Pocaterra trail in the vicinity of Lookout / WhiskeyJack / etc.
In the late spring, they typically have to plow the top of it to make it ready for cars, so you can do a gate-to gate of 54km each way for a weekend or two before the opening. Even before it is plowed, many people do it but have to hoof through anywhere from 100 to 3,000m of snow.
Other people will park at other places along Hiway 40 well before the gate, say back at K-village or even Canoe Meadows and make a Century out of it.
The enclosed tracklog is from the North Gate to the Summit and back, 17.1km each way. But you can certainly go on without a tracklog, it would be very difficult to get lost.
North Gate: West of Calgary to Hiway 40. Drive South 50.0km, park at King Creek trailhead or possibly on the road side (not sure if that's legal).
South Gate: South of Calgary on Hiway 22 to Longview, AB. Go West to the gate on the paved road on the N side of Longview at Highwood House.
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Posted By: Gpennell
- Sat May 23 15:26:50 UTC 2015
CommentAdded 6 more pictures of "nice" weather day for trip on May 22, 2015
Posted By: Gpennell
- Sat May 23 13:55:22 UTC 2015
CommentAdded 2 pictures showing the summit on May 22, 2015. Good foot + of thick snow slush (hard to walk through) at the top on the road. Still 3 weeks away from road opening.
Posted By: Nlb.weber
- Sat Feb 21 15:16:29 UTC 2015
QuestionMy group would like to cycle the Highwood Pass on the May long weekend. I would like to know if road bikes would be an option at that time? Or is it only accessible for road bikes after the road has been opened? ANSWERS are in this forum: Cycling the Highwood Pass
Posted By: GregMtn
- Sun Jun 01 02:23:43 UTC 2014
QuestionHi All, It's the end of May 2014. Anyone know (actually know) the current road conditions at the pass? If there is still snow, how deep is it? For what distance? Anyone hear of whether there is any intent to plough it? Thanks, in advance!! Cheers. MGMANSWERS are in this forum: Highwood Pass Road Conditions