Iron Horse Trail (Ashmont-Elk Point Section)

Iron Horse Trail (Ashmont-Elk Point Section) near St. Paul, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
50 kms
14hours
easy
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
St. Paul, AB
User Park2
A reclaimed Rail Trail and 'Linear Park' administered by a consortium of area municipalities and veteran trail builders. Interesting path takes you through a number of towns so you don't even have to pack a tent if you don't want to.

Nor do you have to do it all. The handy proximity to towns means you can do whatever section(s) you want.

Nice looking trail in surprisingly scenic countryside. Sure it's flat(ish) but really, really pretty countryside. You will be pleasantly surprised if you don't just HAVE to have singletrack and steep grinds to ride up & down.

The entire trail is described in more detail in 5 other trailpeak entries, "Search Trails" and type in Iron Horse to find the 5 listings. Refer to the individual sections for detailed GPS logs.

An in-depth website covers most aspects of the trail, please see http://ironhorsetrail.ca/ for more info.

The most scenic area of this section of the trail starts (if Eastbound) about 6km East of St. Paul. The trail gently drops down the Crookedheel Creek Ravine, past sloughs, 'DragonFly Alley' (my name for it after getting pegged off in the face about a dozen times by DragonFlies) and quiet, scenic countryside.

There is another interesting spot just East of Ashmont, the 'WYE' where the trail splits to the NE leg to Cold Lake and the SE leg to Heinsberg.

I can also highly recommend the sink in the men's room of the Co-op gas station on the East end of St. Paul as a place to find that slow leak.

This trail is in the general area of:

Directions:

You can pick it up just about anywhere along it's length, Waskatenau in the West, Cold Lake in the NE, Heinsburg/Elk Point in the SE, St.Paul, Vilna, etc.

Vilna, Ashmont, Spedden, St. Paul, Edourdville all have staging areas with parking.

You could even camp at a number of places along the line such as the WYE (above) and Edourdville.




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

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