6.5 miles
Distance
1,975 ft
Climb
-523 ft
Descent
01:30:06
Avg time

Baldy Pass Climb Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Barrier
    Exshaw, Alberta
  • AKA
    Baldy, Baldy Pass
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Gravel, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Uphill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Jun - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

This is the easy way to get to the top of Baldy Pass. It's a long climb along an old hiking trail / FSR that crosses through some cutblocks. Watch for signs, don't get suckered into heading off toward Lusk Pass or it will be a very long ride indeed. The climb isn't that bad until the last couple of km, where it gets steeper, looser and narrower. The weather at the top can be several degrees cooler than at the bottom, so don't be surprised if there's snow off the side of the trail by early September.

Open in winter for fat biking, trail report here: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/kananaskis-valley/

Access Info

Park at Barrier Dam and ride about 200m of Hwy 40 to the start of the ride at the U of C Research Station. If you're doing the full Baldy loop, you can also start at the Porcupine Group Camp parking lot, west on Hwy 40.

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More Stats for Baldy Pass Climb mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,451 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,565 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,265 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,583 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,034 ft
  • Grade
    4.215%
  • Grade max
    -29.044%
  • Grade min
    31.874%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,425 ft
  • Avg time
    01:30:06
  • Avg reverse time
    01:59:58
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Status:
on Jun 23, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.35 (3 votes)

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      Baldy Pass Climb Trail Reports

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      Jun 23, 2021 @ 2:01pm
      Jun 23, 2021
      Trail in good shape, trees still down (about 12 you can’t hop) so adds 10 mins to an otherwise fast section, rideable all the way to the top...
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 3:53pm
      Jun 12, 2021
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 3:53pm
      Jun 12, 2021
      Big section of blow down through an area of clear cut where the logging company left too few trees next to the trail and they all got blown down....
      Aug 7, 2020 @ 9:08am
      Aug 7, 2020
      July 28, 2020 Dry. Rideable condition.
      Jun 12, 2020 @ 1:33pm
      Jun 12, 2020
      A few trees across the trail, all but 1 were easy to ride over. Some mud but only a few short sections easily rideable.
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      • 19 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Mongao (Jul 18, 2020 at 17:09)
       Actually, the first 7Km or 8Km are physically easy, not even moderate.....but the final 2 or 3 Kms are basically "walk-a-bike", too steep, narrow, loose and dangerous to be ridden up, it is not possible to pedal up and still reach a minimum speed to keep the balance on two wheels.
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      • + 0
      Scurl (Aug 19, 2020 at 21:25)
       The top is tough, but definitely rideable.
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      • + 0
      GraydonO (Sep 23, 2020 at 21:24)
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