Iron Horse Trail (Waskatenau-Ashmont Section)

Iron Horse Trail (Waskatenau-Ashmont Section) near Ashmont, 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
82 kms
16hours
easy
Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Mountain Biking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Ashmont, AB
User Park2
First lesson: Waskatenau is not pronounced Was-KAT-en-ow, it's how the locals tell you're not from around here, boy (that and the fact you're riding a Giant Trance, not a Yamaha quad).

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. We stayed at hotels in Smoky Lake, Spedden ( 8/ ) and St.Paul over our 4 day trip of this and other sections.

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

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.

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.

Vilna has a great historic downtown with period babershop & pool hall.

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

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, Waskatenau, Smoky Lake, Warspite, and more all have staging areas with parking. Some with giant pumpkins.



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

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