Lille Ghost Town

Lille Ghost Town near Blairmore, AB


This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars
12 kms
1 hour
easy
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Blairmore, AB
User Park2
Well, if you're in the neighborhood, it's a ride. Not a ride I would give a high-rating on, but a ride nonethless with some interesting terrain. We decided on this one for a couple reasons. The historic town and mine of Lille was there, now there is just a stone foudation of the hotel and some slight remnants of house foundations. Interesting enough. The second reason was it was a 23km loop through the southern Rockies. Well, it was supposed to be a loop but I ran into a gate across the trail about 6km out. Most curious were the signs, so I don't know if it was a legal closure or not. But there seemed little doubt they didn't want trespassers coming through and I hate gettin' shot at so we turned around.

Up to that point it was a pleasant enough ride, crossing Gold Creek several times, sometimes on bridges and others points where you could ride through the stream. We came across a nice waterfall that made a good place for a rest.

Best to check with the local visitors bureau regarding trail closures or the status of gates or how to proceed.

NTS Map: 082G09

Elevation gain: 140 m (459 ft).

Directions:

There are are several other trails I've heard of in the area. Get yourself to the general vicinity of The Crowsnest Pass (you can't miss it, 1/2 way between Lethbridge & Fernie on Hiway 3). Stop in Blairmore.

Drive a couple km East on #3 until you see the road on the north side of #3 to the Frank Slide Interpretive Center. Follow that road up nearly to the top where there will be a hairpin turn to the right and a poor road with a cattle guard off to the left. Cross the Texas gate and park anywhere you want.


Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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