Big BC Dualsport Loop Part 1

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by Lycan1, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    This is a 14 day, maybe more depending on how hard you like to push. The tracks are divided into 2 parts as they would not upload here due to size limits.

    This starts in Calgary and heads south via mostly gravel to hwy 3 (briefly) before ducking south on gravel again, only touching pavement when absolutely necessary. The POI's have been split between part 1 and 2 as well.



    The Highlights include:

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    532 to the "Hump"

    The Trunk road.
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    Dutch creek Road.

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    Corbin to Elko.

    Baynes Lake to Moyie

    West Harrison road to Pemberton.



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  2. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    The Highlights include;
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    Highline road.

    Boston Bar to Brookmere

    Sections of the KVR.
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    Myra Canyon Bypass.

    Mable Lake Road.

    Grey Creek Pass.

    Canal Flats to Whiteswan to Radium Gravel.
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    Spray Lakes Road.

    Powderface Trail.


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  4. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Other than, I've been there, done that. I took the connector that goes from the mine to Hurley pass. It was quite exciting since I had a scary run in with a Grizzly. There are much better rides in the area, like Highline road.

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    Goldbridge Hotel.

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    Bralorne.
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    Hurley Pass.

    Sorry no bear pictures, I didn't have time to pull out the camera
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  5. pckopp

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    Thank you!

    I was just following your lines on Google maps/earth south of Calgary as you work your way toward Hwy 3. Some of that must be quite dramatic.

    Any idea what the totals of paved and non-paved are?

    My passport is current!
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    Hey thanks for the reply.

    For you a loop for me tying this into my ride.

    I am deciding if i want to tie in US or beeline to Canada and cross my home country.

    Either way this loop has been added.

    Awesome!
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  7. OldRnger

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    Beautiful pictures; will try the ride in early Sept. Thanks for the post. J.
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  8. merkinstrom

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    Great pictures and loop! What software are the map screen shots from. Thanks
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  9. Lycan1

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    They are screen shots of "Basecamp" by Garmin (free download) with the OSM (open Street Maps, another free download) map showing.
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  10. Way-do

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    Aprox 10km WNW of Princeton, (N49° 28.383' W120° 37.809') there is a slide right before the first tresel.
    Completely impassable and very disappointing. Looks like blasting marks on it, so there might be a plan to clear it. One rock right on the path is the size of a Honda Fit.

    Find a bypass to get yourself to Coalmont and pick up from there.

    We used bits of this track, bits of the TCAT and filled in the blanks between on our 2 week Honeymoon. Thanks for posting. It sure is a big province.
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  11. Way-do

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    This would be my recommended go around. Didn't try it as we had to move on. Picks back up at N49° 30.099' W120° 39.869'

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    That is the road to Coalmount and is a fun bit of pavement (as pavement goes). I know the spot for the slide (Very narrow), and no option if the trail is blocked unless you are amphibious.
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  13. Way-do

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    Bikes for scale...

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    The sand slide a couple km before this is wrapping around the culvert. Can likely get a small bike over, but we just dug out enough to squeeze the big GS through.
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    I know the spot. The culvert had not been installed at this point.




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  16. Way-do

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    It was a great trip. This is the culvert right now. Dug out a trench for the wheels, folded the mirrors and put my head on the tank (helmet wouldn't have fit)

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  17. Way-do

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    This was HER idea, and riding her own bike keeps her much happier (and it was very hot!)
    We were tempted to scout around on foot, looks to go all the way to the tressel, but we had just chased a baby black up the trail, so we didn't feel like hanging around to meet momma!

    I'll stop cluttering your thread ;) Thanks for the tracks!
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  18. Christian M.

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    What kind of fuel range do you need for this track?
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  19. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    I only get about 300 kms with my bike, but carry a fuel pack that gives an extra 100 kms. Rarely needed any of it.
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  20. Lycan1

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    I modified the loop to include Vancouver Island (part of the TCAT, thanks Gunnerbuck) and cut out some pavement in favor of much tougher off-road sections. I have used tracks from fellow ADVers for these. Campsites (start and end at) and gas locations are included. I plan to ride this version in July or August (likely) I will update pictures from my ride.


    The biggest differences are between Merritt and Kelowna, as it cuts across logging roads and from Nakusp to Sandon to Kaslo which takes a tough looking switchback riddled up and over track.

    I removed the KVR section that had the slide and tunnel north of Princeton in favor of Coalmont road which is fun rough pavement. Watch for deer along there in my experience.

    It includes both East and West Harrison roads which in my experience can be challenging depending on the year and possible washouts. I also included the sunshine coast which is at the moment all pavement as a means of connecting with the island at Courtney.

    The track is approximately 4450 kms in total length not including ferry miles. Over 13 days that averages out at 339 kms per day. Longest day is 457 kms with over half that day being paved.

    Use with caution as although all of these tracks have been ridden, conditions change year to year. Some Logging roads are used and unless you run a VHF radio with the correct frequency for each be prepared to get out of the way of the trucks! They have the right of way and you will come out the loser of any conflict.

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