9 miles
Distance
2,093 ft
Climb
-876 ft
Descent
04:20:51
Avg time

Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Sheep River
    Turner Valley, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Summer / Fall
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44657 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

A classic route from the pages of the now out of print book by Doug Eastcott "Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies". We used to do this several times a season, but with the boom in trail building in the Calgary area we only seem to do this once a year now. It is still a fall favorite as the trees changing color can be spectacular. Unfortunately the shift in primary usage from MTB to Equestrian means the trail is often chewed up. As well the 2013 floods have changed some once ridable stream crossings to deeper channels, and filled a favorite swimming hole stop with silt and gravel. That being said, it is still a worthwhile adventure, for the sake of the views and the sense of being a bit more remote than some of the other close-to-town offerings. The trail is reasonably well signed, but not perfect. Take a map or GPS, and be prepared for wet feet.

Access Info

Head west on the 546 Highway from Turner Valley AB. this becomes the Sheep River Road. At 28KM turn right onto Gorge Creek Trail. Proceed for 4KM to the Parking area (on the left)

More Stats for Gorge Creek Trail - North bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,217 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,191 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,427 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,191 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,408 ft
  • Grade
    2.692%
  • Grade max
    -23.488%
  • Grade min
    36.536%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,936 ft
  • Avg time
    04:20:51
  • Avg reverse time
    02:12:45
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Status:
on Jul 22, 2018
Variable
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • 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
  • Ideal
  • 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
      Directions to gorge-creek-trail-north trailhead (50.665070, -114.690190)
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      Gorge Creek... Trail Reports

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      Jul 22, 2018 @ 10:49am
      Jul 22, 2018
      We rode this counter clockwise which seems to be the better direction. The climb is mostly on an old access road and some single track and gives...
      Jul 13, 2018 @ 3:43am
      Jul 13, 2018
      Trail conditions- We got a bit of everything, from dry singletrack, to doubletrack, some wide fire-road, to walking trail. Some of the trail is...
      Jul 8, 2018 @ 2:27pm
      Jul 8, 2018
      I agree with the previous commenter. Rode the trail today, still wet sections and many soft muddy areas. Horses have created a very rough trail,...
      May 20, 2018 @ 10:42pm
      May 20, 2018
      Ugly trail this time of year.. not a good ride for bikers. Perhaps a trail just for horseback. Alot of fallen trees, mud
      Aug 21, 2017 @ 7:48am
      Aug 21, 2017
      Water issues not so prevalent due to the dry conditions this year. This is definitely an old school back country trail, especially the South Gorge...
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