A fairly demanding ride, all up (500m+ in 8.7km), then all down, followed by 6km of hiway back to the parking lot. To be fair, there are some nice views along the way, especially when you get to Baldy Pass. Good training route, good workout, not flowey.
From the parking lot, you ride through the UofC grounds, past the little lighthousey thing, and up the Bill Hoar Crescent or something where a couple mobile homes are. The singletrack up starts from the end there. There is an alternate path up using the double track road that starts about 800m North up the highway and adds 1km onto the loop.
On the way down, you lose 300m in the first 2km down from the pass (15% grade) and it is a technical, rocky, rooty 4.5km descent. 2 words of advice: All Mountain.
Past the 2km of rocks and roots the trail opens up a bit and runs along a very gravelly stream where it is easy to lose sight of the trail, but no problem, just keep going down and it spits you out on the hiway where you turn right and start riding back to the cars.
This is near:
West of Calgary to Hiway #40 - Kananaskis Trail (about 63km) and go South for 10.2 km to the University of Calgary field station / Barrier Forestry Trails parking lot. Park in the hiking parking / picnic loop.
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Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Tue May 04 01:33:29 UTC 2010
UpsideA very nice bicycle trip that provides you with a variety of environments and good views DownsideThe 6km along Highway 40 CommentA good days mountain bike trip. However, the initial climbing is enough to drian all of your energy. A good choice for early spring or late fall.