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    Calgary & area trails

    Hi guys,

    I'm hoping to be out on my bike again this weekend. I was wondering if anyone else has been out and where recently....... what have the trails been like? Especially in K country.

    I obviously know that spsoon was out at Benchlands.

    X-ker..... you been out of late??

    Just looking for some info on trail conditions really.

    Anyone been out around Moose Mountain at all??


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    I personally haven't been out yet, but I know that some of the pinkbike guys were saying that the Chief Hector DH was good to go.

    Check out the 'Kananaskis 8' ride in BCBITCR to get the idea of where to ride.

    Basically, up Prairie View until the very last switchback, check to the right for a trail that drops down towards the #1. Apparently both the up and the down are in good shape, but the around - not so much.

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    Thanks Kerry,

    I will check it out in the bible, but right now it looks like it will be Benchlands for the weekend ride.

    I might go a hike elsewhere as well just to get a feel for conditions nearer to Bragg Creek.


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    Myself, Lee P and Steamer 19 headed out on Saturday to check out Benchlands. It was the first time we had all been out there.

    It was VERY icy in certain sections causing a few falls as some of the ice had dirt on top.

    It was also very muddy in parts but very good fun all the same.

    Altogether a good short ride.

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    Rode Minnewanka on Sunday.

    The initial climb after the bridge is super icy but as soon as you hit the scree slope it improves drastically, the first short downhill section is dry and fast.

    After that it alternates between mud, dust and sheet ice/snow. Totally worthwhile for an afternoon rip, if the weather stays warm it should be completetly shredable in a couple of weeks.

    I made it a couple K's past the second campground.

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    so who's going where this weekend?

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    we went to Nakiska but a small amount of fresh snow had fallen so we went boarding instead, it got pretty warm though later on so most of that would have melted is my Guess

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    any news on hector/prairie view?
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    Anyone riding this weekend?

    I'm planning on heading out to test out my new rear shock!

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    new snow in banff area stopped most of the biking, but the trails around tunnel mountain, campgrounds where all good to ride before the snow.
    Lake minniwanka might be ready too?
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    I'll be continuing my training riding, possibly on Nose Hill if its not too crowded on a long weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilirubin
    I'll be continuing my training riding, possibly on Nose Hill if its not too crowded on a long weekend.

    Never seen Nosehill crowded, I have seen herds of twenty bikers though.

    Check out the sun if you have a nice open patch of sky go for a two hour ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott
    Never seen Nosehill crowded, I have seen herds of twenty bikers though.

    Check out the sun if you have a nice open patch of sky go for a two hour ride.
    I'm thinking tomorrow, but now looks sooooo nice...

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    I know I'm not the only one out riding...

    Bowmont \ Sideshow Bob
    - Bowmont and Sideshow are dry and dusty with a few small patches of dampness. There is one section that's still wet, and if you've ridden these trails before you likely know exactly which spot I'm talking about (after sideshow, heading towards the long paved hill).
    - I haven't hit 12 mile yet since I usually give it a bit more time than sideshow to dry out and let the creek crossings drop a bit. I'd imagine that 12 mile would be worth a try by next weekend, but if anyone's ridden it I'd like to know the conditions.

    Nose hill
    - I probably don't need to tell anyone that nose hill is 100% dry

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    Friday - April 2

    Prairie Mountain
    Myself and Ferday pushed up Prairie with our DH bikes on Friday.
    The trail was dry with a few small patches of dampness. The last few hundred meters before the summit push along the ridge were a big ice field.

    I should probably mention that this is a fairly serious trail, rather steep, and certainly not for begginers. From looking at a topo, it climbs ~750m in ~3.5km. The push up was brutal and took a long time for a DH that took less than 15 minutes.

    Also, looking down at the powderface loops from the trail I'd assume that it'll still be a few weeks before any of those trails are OK to ride. (Prairie gets much better exposure to sun and wind than powderface so it tends to dry out much faster)

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    Saturday - April 3rd

    Lake Minniwanka
    The rainbow unicorns were out in full force for our usual season starting Lake Minni ride.

    Conditions were great all the way to the ranger cabin. A few small patches of snow and ice near the start of the trail, but by the time you finish the first climb you'll be done with it. On our ride back to the trucks there was a bit of snowfall which was starting to stick to the trail, but nothing too serious.

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    Moose Mountain

    I flew over Moose yesterday on my way back from Victoria and it didn't look like it had much snow on it. Although saying that, the trails in the trees will probably still have packed snow from winter hikers.

    Back on the bike this weekend.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu
    I flew over Moose yesterday on my way back from Victoria and it didn't look like it had much snow on it. Although saying that, the trails in the trees will probably still have packed snow from winter hikers.

    Back on the bike this weekend.....
    That seems like a very expensive way just to check conditions...I usually just prefer checking out this webcam for a quick look at moose. Also, this one is good for looking at Banff and the Lake Minniwanka lakeside.

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    has anybody ridden around Exshaw just before Canmore near the cement factory, if so where can I find some trail details/routes?

    cheers
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    Just got back from a great ride with Pingu down at Fish Creek. It was a little cool starting off this morning but the trails are in great shape for the most part. There is a bit of mud in some spots but mostly dry. I was a little worried with the snow fall earlier this week but if you want to get out, this is a good option. Even stuff on north facing slopes in the trees is dry.

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    Still riding snow on North Facing Slopes at Nose Hill....

    And after todays snowfall we will probably have some snow patches till May..

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    Sunday, April 11

    Moose Mountain
    (Not that it's really applicable anymore...)

    Went out for a quick loop with K-Star and Ferday, but since we were a bit pressed for time we ended up riding up the fire roads - which really isn't that bad at this time of year since the gate is closed.

    We parked at the bottom of moose and rode up the fire road to a Billy Dog descent. From Canyon Creek road we did a lap of Shoulda before riding back up Elbow and descending down Brakeless back to the car. Aside from the odd patch of snow and the occasional wet spot everything was in great shape.

    Also talked to Hizzity who was out riding on Saturday and apparently the pneuma ascent was also in good shape.


    **sigh**
    and now we play the waiting game again.
    **shakes fist at sky**

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    ahhh we'll have snow until Canada day so put the bikes away and break out the skis...it's global warming you know!

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    You can always be snowed on in the mountains, it doesn't drop below a 50/50 chance until after the May long weekend.
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    Biked the benchlands in Canmore yesterday evening. The trails are very dry and dusty, no significant muddy spots.

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    lake minniwanka is ready too (after the first bridge, is muddy as always) but after that is dry, with a few trees down.

    The trails in the tunnel mountain/campgroup area are dry too.
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    Moose Mountain

    Myself and Steamer 19 headed upto Moose yesterday and rode Pnuema to the top. The lower parts of the trails are muddy, as are the higher sections - with sections of ice.... but only near the very top.

    Came back down the same way....

    There were plenty of other bikers at the parking lot but only saw a few other riders on the trail, so not sure what they had been riding on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pingu
    Myself and Steamer 19 headed upto Moose yesterday and rode Pnuema to the top. The lower parts of the trails are muddy, as are the higher sections - with sections of ice.... but only near the very top.

    Came back down the same way....

    There were plenty of other bikers at the parking lot but only saw a few other riders on the trail, so not sure what they had been riding on.
    We were out there on Saturday and did Billy Dog, Should'a, and Brakeless and all were in great condition - mostly dusty over hardpack with a few small sections of wet.

    Sunday I kept in town and did a bowmont loop with a bit of exploring out towards Valley Ridge. As expected, everything was in good condition and I wouldn't be surprised if 12 mile coulee was ready for the season as well.

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    12 mile is good to go. A few patches of mud, but nothing too bad.

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    lake minniwanka, all the canmore G8, banff tunnel mnt/ camp ground, and praire view/ camp hector are all dry.

    might check out the lower part of jewel pass later this week too.
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    Refresh my memory. What is and where is 12 mile Coulee?

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    12 Mile Coulee is a little creek that feeds into the Bow through Tuscany. It's a nice little singletrack trail that can be ridden in conjunction with the trails in Beaumont Park.

    Please be respectful if you ride there. I seem to get the odd hiker/dogwalker who believes bikes do not belong there. I worry a day will come when bikes are banned. I try to smile and slow down for other trail users and promote an atmosphere of goodwill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stokes
    Refresh my memory. What is and where is 12 mile Coulee?
    Singletrack that is a nice extension to the usual bowmont \ sideshow Bob loop. Preferred direction is to start in Tuscany and drop down towards the river.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWDW
    Please be respectful if you ride there. I seem to get the odd hiker/dogwalker who believes bikes do not belong there. I worry a day will come when bikes are banned. I try to smile and slow down for other trail users and promote an atmosphere of goodwill.

    Some good advice to follow for pretty much any riding you do around the Calgary area, especially in-city though.

    It's hard to get banned if the other user groups like you and generally have good experiances with your user group...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWDW
    12 Mile Coulee is a little creek that feeds into the Bow through Tuscany. It's a nice little singletrack trail that can be ridden in conjunction with the trails in Beaumont Park.

    Please be respectful if you ride there. I seem to get the odd hiker/dogwalker who believes bikes do not belong there. I worry a day will come when bikes are banned. I try to smile and slow down for other trail users and promote an atmosphere of goodwill.

    Thanks, I have been there just didn't recognize the name.

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    Some video clips........

    Got a helmet cam a while ago and been testing it out so I thought I would post some vids here.

    Benchlands;




    Silver Star;





    Kicking Horse;



    Pnuema, Moose Mountain



    Hopefully the link work!

    Cheers

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    .....hmm didn't work!

    Here's the link to my youtube page instead........

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Pingu383

    Cheers

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    Nice vids. I think I need to do more exploring around Benchlands. Only been there a couple times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spsoon
    Nice vids. I think I need to do more exploring around Benchlands. Only been there a couple times.


    Cheers.

    Last time I was up there we headed over to the east side of the river....... there is actually a loop that you can do there. Quite short but still good fun.......

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    Hey Guys I live in Airdrie, was wondering where a good place for me (a total noob) would be to start. Right now I am just biking on the trails around my town getting into better shape, but I bought a mountain bike for dirt not asphalt. So where is a good place to go for a newbie. I was thinking Nose Hill, but is there actually any trails that are even mildly entertaining there (remembering that I am a noob). Just seems like the last time I was there it was all paved and some straight trails, but then again its been a long time since I was up there.

    Hopefully get a reply since the last post was like 3 years ago. lol.

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    Desidus,

    Nose Hill is great for what it is. There are trails that wind around throughout the park other than the paved trails. If you cruise around the park you will quickly discover the more entertaining trails. I also understand there will be some kind of skills park built there in the future.

    In light of the recent flooding, this won't be a banner year for mountain biking in our area as a lot of the access to a large concentration of the riding areas has been compromised.

    If you are interested in staying in the Calgary area I would also suggest the Eastlands beside C.O.P. and Beaumont park. Fish Creek is also good, but further away from you.

    Best of luck!

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    Fish Creek is about the same distance really (or at least travel time).. but that area is close to my folks so I could visit them before I head out.

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