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    XC Riding in Jasper, Alberta

    I live and work in Jasper and since the trails are sleeping under snow right now I wanted to sell the place.
    We see 100's of bikes pass through Jasper to radder more known MTB destinations. If you enjoy long xc rides with stunning vistas, Jasper should be on your radar. We don't have shuttles, we don't have brap-tastic berms, not a single "flow" trail in sight. Just endless singletrack with not that many people.
    I'm finding riders really want the manicured trails these days which isn't Jasper. Rooty, rocky, smooth repeat. The flow here is how well you create it by skill and speed alone.
    I guess you would call the riding here "old school" I firmly believe as new riders branch away from manufactured trails places like Jasper will see a resurgence of sorts, back to natural trails that go somewhere. (usually a lake around here)
    Couple fire road lung busting climbs for those that want to train or suffer for great views. Awesome place to introduce someone to off road riding as the valley bottom trails are smooth and pleasant. Valemount, 1 hour west of us, has the flow and shuttle trails so it makes a nice compliment to our riding.
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    We toured around BC for 3 months this summer. Nearing the end of the trip we did a last minute trip up to Jasper to get out of the smoke.

    Staying at the Whistlers campground, we did a couple days of riding. One day we rode out to Wabasso lake on trail 12/9, the back into Jasper on Trail 9 and returned home. Another ride we did Magic Ridge and Gagnes in a couple loops.

    Weather and doing some touristy stuff kept us from riding more, but what we saw, we really enjoyed and it was a nice contrast to much of other riding we had done. Definitely a great area to explore!
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    Nice CptSydor! I love the 5 km Wabasso trail from the boardwalk to the lake. Magic ridge is fun but very different from most trails here. Still lots to explore! Let me know if you make a return trip.

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    I was there for a day a couple years ago, squeezed in a short ride up to razor back(I think?) good times for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin267 View Post
    I was there for a day a couple years ago, squeezed in a short ride up to razor back(I think?) good times for sure!
    That's a fun short hit. Gets ridden a bunch so its getting blown up a bit. Be honest...Did you make the climb? Its sort of a Jasper test peice for some of the longer tech climbs in the area.

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    Can't remember, probably not haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin267 View Post
    Can't remember, probably not haha
    Its the internet. Of course you made it. In your big ring while taking a picture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yahsper View Post
    Its the internet. Of course you made it. In your big ring while taking a picture...
    I actually just went through my phone and I did snap a pic although I'm clearly not riding at the same time lol

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    Jasper

    Ah yes! Don't sell it to too many people though! I think biking in Jasper is the best kept secret out there. We love, love, love it. You are right that there aren't a lot of trails with big features built on to them, but I feel like there is pretty much no where else where you can bike so far off the beaten track and so far into the back country. So many fun trails right around town and so many long trails where you could literally ride for days! Can't wait 'til summer! Our rides usually involve following our kids around but we are looking forward to two glorious, kid free weeks this summer to hit up some harder, longer routes!XC Riding in Jasper, Alberta-img_8086.jpgXC Riding in Jasper, Alberta-img_8084.jpgXC Riding in Jasper, Alberta-img_8099.jpg

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    OP, good to know, I am an old grouch who will ride those modern flow trails, IF that's all there is, but my love is good, old school, natural trails. Will definitely add Jasper to my list of places to visit on my next trip to Alberta, would be along with Canmoore into Banff. Any other places you might suggest in Alberta if you were doing a loop from Edmonton, down south through Calgary and up through Banff to Jasper and back to Edmonton?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    OP, good to know, I am an old grouch who will ride those modern flow trails, IF that's all there is, but my love is good, old school, natural trails. Will definitely add Jasper to my list of places to visit on my next trip to Alberta, would be along with Canmoore into Banff. Any other places you might suggest in Alberta if you were doing a loop from Edmonton, down south through Calgary and up through Banff to Jasper and back to Edmonton?
    Kananaskis. Exshaw. Hinton is fun for an hour or two. Edson has a mere 5-7 km or so but ridiculously fun and quite pretty in a river valley marshy sort of way. But leaving Jasper for Edson and Hinton is tough. Jasper needs 2 days minimum to really see it. Super fun Group ride every tuesday night for short hits with laughs and a pint after. Soooo many kms....

    This is a 22 km return out and back pic from a trail that Parks Canada allowed cycling on for the first time last year.
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    Trail called Ganjes. Pic taken 24 minutes from my deck and a beer cooler. I love it here...
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    Yahsper - More details about Ganjes please! I don't see it on trailforks.

    Big ones we have planned for the summer are Snake Indian Falls, and Fryatt before the road closes. Would also like to do the entire Overlander and not just the Moberlander. Was thinking of Saturday Night Lake Loop or even just part of it but I've heard mixed reviews. What do you think? Any other suggestions? We have 2 weeks and plan to do a ton of biking and a bit of hiking. Planning to do the Pyramid Bike n' Hike as well.

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    I won't tell you... But I'll show you!

    Haha! Its on there. I spelled it wrong. Ganges. Short fun hit with punchy and challenging climbs. Can be a stand alone ride or added to a few others. Fire escape to Ganges is a nice 1.5 hour ride.

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    I see it now (Ganges). Where exactly on the trail is the waterfall/creek? We've done the trail just to the north 3e to 3 I think. Is 3e the trail that is kind of rainforesty and runs beside a creek? Loved that little bit of trail!

    The pic with the lake above is at Marjorie Lake. We came back via 3a and Wynd road though. The ride out to Minnow is on our list too. Is Ganjes fun in both directions? Could take that route one direction anyway.

    Maybe we will run into you on the trail! We spend a lot of time in Jasper. We probably know a bunch of the same people anyway. Maybe we even know each other! Haha!
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    LyNx - We really enjoy Hinton too although not as much as we love Jasper. They have some great trails there and we always plan a bit of time there either on our way to or from Jasper. My husband and I really enjoyed the Happy Creek trail with some side forays onto the Beaver Boardwalk.

    Where are you coming from> Are you planning to ride in Edmonton too?

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    Ganges rides better back towards town. The waterfall trail is 77 km south. Poboktan Warden Station. I think your thinking of 8b? From Cabin to Marjorie?

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    Yes, now that I read it back, my post is confusing. I thought you were saying that the waterfall was on Ganges.

    We rode 3e (a short section of trail that starts at the Cabin Creek parking lot and runs along side trail 3 before meeting up with it) to trail 3 to just past Marjorie and and came back on 3a/Wynd road. Next time we do it (without kids) we will head back on Ganjes.

    So the waterfall is out by Pobokton? Is that the new trail you were talking about? Trail 132 - Brazeau on Trailforks? That hike (from Wilcox) is on my wish list. How was the ride? The description in Trailforks doesn't sound too enticing...
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    That description seems off. Might be unpleasant and very wet early season. Mostly climbing from the Poboktan parking lot. Some mud. Best ridden mid summer to fall. I walked a bit through some mud but a stronger rider can ride the whole thing. Beautiful views at times. Very much a "backcountry feel" No cell coverage.

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    Awesome, thanks! Our two kid-less weeks are beginning of July so if it's been fairly warm and dry, sounds like that would be a great ride!

    How's the valley looking right now? We will probably be in Jasper for Easter or for the weekend before. Trying to decide if we should bring our bikes, our cross-country skis, both or neither!

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    0 percent dry right now. I would bring xc skis or alpine as the ski hill is awesome! If the bikes fit bring them along but you will be very limited.

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    Hey Yahsper! How are things looking now in Jasper? We are heading there tomorrow (Tuesday) and staying for the Easter weekend. Anything dry enough to ride yet? Doesn't need to be the good singletrack as we have kids, but any dry-ish trails around town would be great! If not, do you know if there is still much snow up around Maligne? Thanks!

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    Still weeks away from dirt riding here...

    Skiing is awesome!!!!

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    Annnnd... Its snowing again

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    Quote Originally Posted by yahsper View Post
    Still weeks away from dirt riding here...

    Skiing is awesome!!!!
    Yup! It sure was. Probably the absolute best snow conditions of the year on our favourite ski trail.

    And on another positive note, we now know that we can stay toasty warm in our trailer even on nights when it gets down to -23!

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    Not even close here. Wish people would go skiing or borrow a road bike. Month behind over last year.

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    Yikes! We had better have a long fall to make up for this! It's the same here in Sherwood Park. Paved trails and that's it!

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    Getting better here in Jasper. Valley bottom is rideable and things are drying quickly. Trail 7 river, 18, Trail 7 from 5th to 6th bridge is all riding well. Still can't climb but its coming!

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    Rained a bit last night and stayed well above zero. Should help things a bit. Fire danger already at high... Should be an interesting summer

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    Shaping up nice now and worth the trip. Trail crew hasn't been out yet so its user maintained but the locals keep the small stuff batted down

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    Awesome! My husband will be there all next week and is looking forward to hitting the trails! Jealous we canít go with him. Darn school....

    Yes. Fingers crossed for no big fires this summers and that the Firesmarting helps keep things safe around there!

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    @Yahsper - Any idea what kind of shape the trail to Summit/Jacques Lakes would be in after this rain? Does it tend to dry out quickly or stay wet and muddy? Itís on my kidsí trail bucket list for this trip but we donít want to wreck any trails or get covered in mud.

    or Moberlander? Does it dry out quick?
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    How is the riding up there in late July?

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    Hey yahsper! PM'd you.

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    Gonna be there later this week. Anyone want to show me around?

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    We are leaving in the morning but if you tell me what kind of riding you are hoping to do, I can maybe point you to the right trails. Will you be riding solo or with someone? Distance? Time? Energy? (How much uphill?) Cross country or downhill?

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    We did the overland trail.. That was really cool. Then my hub hooked up his BOB an headed off to Hinton for the first leg of his Great Divide ride.

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    Was in Jasper over the weekend but sadly without my bike. Had my 4yo with me so we did a bit of hiking but I'd love to head back with the bike and trailer. I've got a Mac-Ride for when I want to ride green easy flowy trails with her. Any recommended trails for safe, easy riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RX93 View Post
    Any recommended trails for safe, easy riding?
    Yes! There are lots! Does she have a balance bike too? Perfect trails for kids with balance bikes are Trail 19 through Whistlers Campground and Trail 4d around Lake Annette (that one is paved).

    With the trailer, check out Trail 12 (Wapiti Trail) between town and Beckerís Chalets. I believe it is not far after that where there is a short, super steep hill that most people have to walk their bikes up so would be difficult with a trailer. Trail 18 (Woodpecker) and Trail 14 (Red Squirrel) are good. Trail 7 (OFP to JPL) would be good at least between OFP (Old Fort Point) and Lac Beauvert at JPL (Jasper Park Lodge). At some point after that there is quite a hill to go up and then down if you want to continue on to the bridge. The hill is near the JPL gates. Trail 13 from town to Lake Annette would be a good one. Itís a little hillier but nothing too bad. There is one decent switchback right before you cross the highway though. The 7ís trails may be a little harder, but if youíre looking for more, they might be ok. There are often bear closures on those trails though so find out ahead of time. Stay away from a lot of the 4ís as they are the ones used by the horse tour groups and are beaten up by them.

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    Yep, she's got a balance bike though she's pretty much mastered it. It's served its' purpose very well. She's ready for her own pedal bike - I've been stalking PB for a used Spawn but they don't come around very often.

    Thanks for the tips - I've checked them out on Trailforks for our next outing. Too bad it's such a long drive!

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    Any recent trail reports in the Jasper area? The last one on trailforks is from a couple weeks ago. I am in town next weekend (Oct 27/28) and hoping to bring my bike.

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    My husband is there riding right now and the trails are in perfect condition. There are a few trail closures though. 8, 8c, 8d, 8e, and 8f up on the bench are closed and part of trail 7 at the back of the golf course may still be closed as well so plan your rides accordingly and/or check in at the info centre.

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    Conditions were great. A little mud in some places but overall awesome riding. Thank you mLeier for the report.

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