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    Banff-Canmore Training Camp of sorts...

    I have a week to play with in early June and a flight to Calgary...anyone have suggestions for specific rides or resources for riding in Banff and Canmore. Want to do 4-6 hr days, would rather ride some fun singletrack coupled with some good fireroad tours. Thanks for any help.

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    Check online for a copy of Doug Eastcott's Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies, it's basically our trail bible for the surrounding areas.

    Depending on how long you were in the Canmore \ Banff and your skill \ fitness I'd suggest a few of the following...
    To the North of you:
    - Park at Lake Louise. Ride both the Moraine Lake trail as well as the Ross Lake trail

    Out of Canmore \ Banff:
    - Lake Minniwanka out'n'back to the ranger cabin
    - Canmore Nordic Center orange trail (pick a half) to Rundle riverside trail to town of Banff, back via Goat Creek, drop down reclaimer to finish - you can toss in a loop of the highline afterwards if you've still got the legs

    To the South of you:
    - Park at Barrier lake, ride the Prairie View \ Jewell loop. Cross the road, ride the Baldy loop
    - Elbow Loop out in Bragg Creek
    - Jumpingpound Ridge to Cox Hill. Can be done as a loop with a gravel road (ugh). or...
    - Can also piece together an 80km loop that includes jumpingpound ridge \ cox hill and also includes pieces of sulpher springs, elbow springs, powderface, prairie creek, sibbald flats, and Tom Snow trails.

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    Shuttles R 4 Pussies
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    A great fire road loop is the Elbow Loop. It has a bit of everything... amazing scenery, lots of elevation change, high speed downhills, flowing forest trails, etc. I always enjoy this ride.

    Here's a pdf excerpt from the afore mentioned Doug Eastcott book, for this ride. You can get the book from, or (if you're in Canada) at any Chapters/Indigo book store.
    Screw the shuttle, I'm riding to the top. You're all worthless and weak!!!

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    Starting in Dead Man's Flats, take the transcanada trail (technical singletrack), which parallels the highway, east to Quate Valley/Jewel Pass. This is a newly reconstructed fire road for the first half up to the summit and then the descent to Barrier Lake is technical single track. Turn west at barrier lake and follow the hydrolines (fire road) to nakiska. At nakiska turn north and climb up Skogan Pass (also fire road). Descent Skogan Pass back to deadman's flats.

    The climb up skogan is long, jewel pass is pretty easy except for a steep section near the summit with lots of baby heads. Transcanada trail is the most technical part.

    If you want even more climbing you can turn left at the top of jewel pass and do prairieview loop also. Above Lac des Arcs there is a cool cave that you can go into if you take a short trail up the mountain to the base of the cliff. It was built to house government documents during the cold war, but never used.

    Singletrack in red
    Fire road in green
    Prairieview bonus in blue

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