8 miles
Distance
510 ft
Climb
-1,303 ft
Descent
01:04:55
Avg time

Goat Creek Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #19743 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Parks Canada

This mix of gravel path and doubletrack is mostly downhill from Canmore toward Banff.

Access Info

From the Canmore end, access is from the Ha Ling trailhead.
From the Banff end, access is from the Spray River Loop trail that starts just south of the Banff Springs Hotel.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Goat Creek bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -793 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,728 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,521 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,521 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,728 ft
  • Grade
    -1.834%
  • Grade max
    -17.575%
  • Grade min
    17.395%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,786 ft
  • Avg time
    01:04:55
  • Avg reverse time
    01:09:45
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Status:
on Sep 3, 2019
Dry
Avg: 3.85 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Goat Creek Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 3, 2019 @ 6:16pm
      Sep 3, 2019
      Pretty dry with only some small puddles.
      Aug 27, 2019 @ 5:37pm
      Aug 27, 2019
      Nearly fully dry but various sized puddles in a few spots. One rather large one was about a quarter way in so beware.
      Aug 3, 2019 @ 7:59pm
      Aug 3, 2019
      All good today. Leave early to keep the parking easy. Saw a bear cross the trail and then feed on berries next to the trail for a few minutes...
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 9:30am
      Jul 13, 2019
      Almost completely dry - only very few muddy spots. I saw bear scat closer to Canmore.
      Jun 26, 2019 @ 4:35pm
      Jun 26, 2019
      Fresh bear droppings in multiple areas especially close to the Banff Springs Hotel.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 3 rides
      • 38 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 123 rides
      • 28 miles avg distance
      All
      • 346 rides
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      Photos

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      Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:24pm
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      Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:22pm
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      Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:20pm
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      131 |
      Jun 23, 2019 @ 12:07am
      Jun 23, 2019

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Heavy72 (Nov 20, 2017 at 14:06)
       Just rode this trail for the first time today. Snow conditions incredibly poor! 4” of sugar and no base. Brutal ride, barely made it out alive!!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Biking5 (Oct 28, 2018 at 14:45)
       Oct 27, 2018 Goat Creek Trail Canmore to Banff: Parking lot temp 5 degrees with biting wind and flurries. First 1/3 of ride we encountered compact snow with a light dusting of new snow overnight that made the surface very grippy. Last 2/3 of the ride was a mix of clear sections and a few wet icy sections that were slippery and easy to go sideways on/crash on if one wasn't cautious. Looking far ahead / trail scanning was very important! All rideable if one rode conservatively in the trickier sections. We were riding on regular 27.5" bikes. Two trees across the trail that were easily walked around
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag Dsenych (Sep 3, 2019 at 18:10)
       Just did the run from Canmore to Banff on this trail today and it was pretty dry and in good shape.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag bigdog1981 (Sep 3, 2019 at 22:50)
       Would this trail be fun on gravel/hybrid bike. Hydraulic disc brakes and 700 x 38 mm tires. I want to loop groat creek trail and legacy trail back to Canmore. Any suggestions?
      [Reply]

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