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Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by Lycan1, May 16, 2013.
I am going to do all of these tracks this spring/summer. I might even try a shorter one this Feb.
PM me if you're looking for a partner in crime. I'll have my TE back together shortly.
Northern Alberta and beyond.
These are mostly pavement with a few gravel roads thrown in so it can be called a dual-sport route. One trail leads to Fort Smith through the north end of Wood Buffalo National Park. The other trail ends where the winter road begins north of Fort MacMurray By the Athabasca Dunes Provincial Park. Fuel stops and campgrounds are marked and confirmed via satellite imagery. There are no formal campsites in the Athabasca Ecological Reserve, but "wild camping" is permited. Your bike however is not allowed in the park (off of established roads). I will update with pictures and other information after I ride the route.
Hey all. This is a great thread, thanks Lycan1 for posting. I'm new to adventure bikes (and Calgary) but looking forward to exploring. Hopefully I'll get to meet a few of you on the trails this coming season! Lastly if you can recommend any ride groups to help learn the area I'd love to hear from you. Thanks once again!
Check out Calgarians That Dualsport thread http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/calgarians-that-dualsport.431728/ rides get posted on occasion. @RED CAT is always game to explore.
Another mixed surface ride south of Calgary with a couple of new dirt lanes that are good ONLY when dry.
Red Meadow Lake
Test file for Dale. Calgary to Eureka and tracks near that area.
An amazing resource. Thanks for taking the effort to re-create the thread.
Great information! Thanks putting in the time to share it.
Love this thread, fantastic job @Lycan1
Boldly Go Where I have Gone Before!
This loop takes you south of Hwy 22X from the McKenzie / Copperfield area and east to the McKinnon Flats fishing spot. If you like fly fishing this is a popular isolated area. If you just want to ride on the river rock and practice your balance and test your suspension this is also the spot for you. Lots of fast gravel grid roads and lots of level train crossings and hidden intersections so use caution. Otherwise speed is at your discretion as they are little used except by the local inhabitants.
The track wanders around the north side of the Carseland Weir and then jumps briefly on Hwy 24 to join the canal roads just south of the bridge over the Bow River. The canal roads are little used except the first few miles where you might meet a gravel truck from the pit you will pass on a sharp uphill corner.
I chose to jump off the canal roads and wander toward Vulcan Alberta, just for something different and the fact that there are plenty of disused township and range roads that can be entertaining. Some run along power lines and others between fields. Please be respectful and stay on the tracks. There were no gates as the lanes hold little appeal to people in Minivans and corollas.
The day I rode, it had be wet all the week before and still the lanes only had small swampy areas and enough traction to allow passage with a minimum of fish-tailing.
A few of the roads had signs saying "No Exit" but they lied (as they so often do). The locals likely want to limit traffic or got tired of towing cars out of the mud. I have a loud paint job, but quiet pipes. If you want a easy wander and like gravel and dirt, this is a run that is good for a few hours or so depending on how much of a hurry or how many flowers you stop to smell along the way.
Ride Long and perspire.
Hey, wanted to say thanks for these tracks. Did the Southern AB loop way back a few pages this past weekend and we had a blast. That was a great mix of riding that kept things interesting. Keep up the good work!
Did a little part of your Vulcan track this Sunday. Good ride. First time down in the Mckinnon Flats area. Thank you for attaching a gpx file, it works great with motionX on my iphone, just click the attachment and import and it's good to go!
A Cabin in the Woods
The northern part of the route
on top of Baldy Mountain at the Fire Lookout. Trail is loose and rocky and a bit steep in parts.
One of the Cabins at Chungo Creek Outfitters.
Lycan1/Lee, when you're doing these trips, do you plan your route in advance? i.e. create the track file first, upload to your GPS, and pretty much stick to following the track line? I navigated in the past using just the Backroad Mapbooks (love 'em), but sure find pre-planning the route and being able to follow the track line on the GPS a time saver... a LOT less time spent stopping at intersections to consult "the book of lies" I still bring hardcopy tho.
Yes, I usually plot my trips in advance and rarely bring the book of lies along anymore. I know as much about the local area as I ever will now.
I used to explore without GPS, just the hard-copy. Eventually I learned the area well enough. Now I just have the GPS running and if I find something previously unridden I save the track.
If I want to do a specific cluster of roads I'll put them together in Basecamp so I do it in the most efficient way without wasted backtracking. Tomorrow will be an example of that. Lots of great road allowances NW of the city that I will string together for a nice loop.
How challenging are those road allowances, Lee? Are they Stelvio with shitty tires friendly?
Most are when dry, but there are one or two that have steep sections that could use good knobbies (ask me how I know). All would be a bad idea in the wet!
Going for a ride tomorrow starting out at the Petro by Balzac Costco at about 11:15.