Calgary & Area Tracks

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  1. Lycan1

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    This is a mostly gravel route that incorporates both gravel back roads and the canal service roads. It is a full day ride. I last did this 2 years ago (in its entirety) and there were spots were land owners adjacent had tried to block the canal service road with rock piles. They were circumvent-able but could be a tight squeeze for bikes with non-removable bags. Much better when dry, but do-able in the wet. Nice relaxing ride with very little traffic.

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  2. Lycan1

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    For those who like a real full day, here are a couple of tracks that would be a hard push, all day event. They consist of about 45/55% split (paved to gravel) either way, depending on which track you take. Fuel stops are marked, and any sized dual-sport should be fine on these.

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    West Sharples road looking west.

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  3. Lycan1

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    Any Dual-Sport regardless of size can do this easy day loop from Calgary. Nice empty back roads and a good variety of scenery. The road, 532 can have snow late into Spring, and the small water ford north of Black Diamond can be a hazard after a day of rain, or during spring melt and caution should be used. A good rule of thumb for the river ford (it has a concrete pad) is if you can see the edges of the concrete pad it is safe. If the water is turbid and wider than the pad, don't do it. I made the mistake early one spring and nearly got washed away in 2,1/2 feet of fast flowing water!

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    Just west of the summit (hump) on 532 early season.


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    Just after the 2013 flood damage was repaired east of the summit.

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    A solid day via back-roads and highway. Easy for any large dual-sport with a rider comfortable on gravel.

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    This one is for you. A loop that travels through Whiteswan Provincial Park across great pavement and sometimes (depending on weather) challenging loose (or muddy) gravel.

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    This makes use of the trunk road north of Cochrane as well as numerous back-roads that zig-zags across north of Water Valley. Gas can be scarce so don't pass fuel-up opportunities. That said my 990 isn't renowned for light fuel use and I have never had any problems although I do carry 5 liter Kolpin fuel pack any time I head out there. Most of the gravel has a good base and can be run in the wet without serious issues. The Ghost town of Mountain Park is interesting and the scenery is spectacular in the area.

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    Mountain Park Ghost Town.

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    South of Nordegg on the Trunk road.

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  7. Lycan1

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    This was made for the upcoming season (2015) and travels over enough territory south of Calgary to make for a good Long-Weekend ride. There is a lot of Pavement, but the pavement is premium (other than hwy 22). It travels through Glacier National Park across the "going to the sun" road, then hits gravel on the "inside north fork" road to Polebridge MT. Then across gravel and the CDT to Eureka, returning to Canada and across a couple of scenery intensive back roads up to Crowsnest Pass.

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    Along the Going to The Sun Road.
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    North Of Whitefish Montana.

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    I did this run on my 990 Adventure but I'm a bit stupid that way sometimes. It is not really big-bike-friendly but a decent, confident rider with some ground clearance can get it done. Rider must enjoy mud, steep rocky climbs and getting sweaty. Good tires (knobbies) strongly recommended.

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    Great mostly gravel run recorded from south to north. The section south of Blairmore is truly amazing and Ok for Big bikes as long as the rider is not a noob. There is one minor water crossing where a bridge is out from previous flood damage, that has yet to be repaired. The road is as a result very sparsely traveled. Castle Falls is a great little campground and when the water is low (fall) good swimming, but deadly if the water is high!

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    Bridge in the background has since been repaired.

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    Castle Falls during high water.

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    From Shawnessy in the south of Calgary back to Dewinton. Nice mix of less traveled back roads and can be done in a few hours easy.

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    South of Turner valley

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    This is a nice run that uses a bit of pavement but not much and avoids the over-used 1A and Hwy 1. It goes south on Hwy 40 before returning north on Dorian Spray Lakes road into Canmore past the top of the Nordic center. Comfort on loose gravel is recommended! Spray lakes road is either very dusty and loose or wet and mucky, but with a good hard base. It opens long before Hwy 40 over the pass does.

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    Spray lakes just above Canmore. The road is steep and twisty down to town. Pavement starts at the Nordic Center.

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    Update: Fall of 2015

    The bridge has been replaced and no water crossings are required.

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    This thread is the tits Lee!
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    Thanks Lee!
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    Have you ever wondered if you can get up to the tower on the hill above Longview? Well you are in luck, since I did, and figured out how. There is a gate at each end of the access road that are not locked. PLEASE be sure to leave them the way you find them, or in other words be respectful. Close them behind you if you find them closed and maybe the next rider won't find them locked.

    The view from the top is great and there are usually horses running around up top.

    The road just north (RR 22) between 543 and twp 190 is not a good bet early in the season unless you just can't get enough mud. The other little Mud run on RR21 just east of Red Deer Meats is also best avoided in wet conditions, that one is bottomless black muck!

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    There was no sign at the north end. I met a oil-rig bed-truck near the north end, he just smiled and waved (all his fingers).

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    It also crosses one of my favorite little stream fiords, twice north of Black Diamond.

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    Thanks Guys.:freaky

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    This is a nice half day run that takes you south of Calgary with about 30 % pavement. The rest is gravel back-roads that are sparsely traveled. Two gems on it are Twp road 172 that is not to be done in the wet as it is black dirt and bottomless. There is one tiny water crossing on Twp road 165 (concrete base) and a dirt section (avoid when wet as it is clay base) on RR 295 south of Hwy 533.

    I also added a short green lane (Fall is best when it is dry to do it) Range Road 33 between Twp road 220 and 214 just east of DeWinton.

    Big bikes can do this no problem and if it is wet the best bits (Dirt & Clay & Mud) can easily be avoided.

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    Twp 172 "Unimproved" road.

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    This illustrates why dry conditions are best!

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  18. Lav1200

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    Lee - great job on capturing the fantastic riding we have nearby! Your pictures have me itching to get back out on the 950... can't wait for decent riding weather.

    Thanks a bunch for posting all of these tracks in one thread - it's a great resource.
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    Thanks Andy,

    Here is a short track that connects 520 back to 520 across an easy at first, then rocky, rutted climb and then clay (nasty when wet) road that was impassable at the east end of the track. I tried again to see if it would let me through later that summer and was successful.

    The area is called the Porcupine hills. There is plenty of random camping available near where the "water crossing", "mud hole" (in spring) and "rocky climb" are indicated.

    This was easy, except the rock climb (which wasn't bad) on my 990 so anything smaller should have a real easy time of it.

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    This is another variation on a southbound run to Waterton National Park from Calgary. This was done late May (25 &26) of 2013. We encountered a bit of snow on the trunk road heading south but was otherwise great weather. We camped at one of the nicest Waterton campgrounds and being early in the season, nearly had it to ourselves. Later in the season reservations are required to assure a spot. The run north had to be modified due to a bridge under repair that was not navigable.

    This run takes you north of Pincher Creek on what is known as Snake Trail, completely gravel and sometimes very loose. Big Bikes are no problem, but the pilot should be comfortable on loose surfaces.

    Gas and Coffee stops are indicated. As of 2013 there was one small water crossing south of Blairmore.

    Link to Map: http://www.dualsportmaps.com/?link=115197

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    May snow on the trunk road heading south.

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    Checking to see if the river beside the bridge was doable, but the water was too high and fast in May.

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