19 miles
Distance
2,826 ft
Climb
-3,440 ft
Descent
02:57:54
Avg time

High Rockies Details

  • Riding area
    Chester-Sawmill
    Kananaskis Country, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Easy
  • Global Ranking
    #6443
  • Year Opened
    2016
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

This section of the High Rockies trail begins from the Goat Creek parking lot and is the starting point if riding the entire trail from north to south. Descend the Goat Creek trail to the Banff park boundary, the first signed trail junction. As of May 2016 there was no sign indicating the trail to the left is the High Rockies trail, but it is. This section of trail primarily follows old service roads used to access power lines. The scenery is outstanding but the riding itself is fairly ordinary. There is a short, but beautifully built, boardwalk section just before Goat Pond. Traveling south one gains altitude fairly steadily but never steeply. Cross the dam at the north end of Spray Lake and keep right, the trail parallels the lake all the way up to the Driftwood parking area and comes out on the just south of the Driftwood parking area access road. The trail continues on the east side of the road with a very visible climb back up into the trees, the character of the riding changes to up and down single track. Let the fun begin.

The Original trail report was close, but it missed a large section in the middle and a suggested that you have to ride the gravel road. It's all one trail, no need to break it up. Strava has the correct trails as well.

Access Info

From Canmore follow signs to the Canmore Nordic Centre then keep driving past the Nordic Centre up the Spray Lakes Road (AKA Smith Dorian Road). This soon turns to dirt and cuts across the steep lower slopes of the East End of Rundle (EEOR). 10 minutes up the dirt road you'll level out and pass a long, narrow body of water, Whiteman's Pond. As you begin to descend slightly you'll find the Goat Creek carpark on your right. If it's a weekend it will be packed with cars as this is the starting point not only for the High Rockies trail but also the Goat Creek trail (drops you in Banff) and the hiking routes up both Ha Ling and EEOR.

More Stats for High Rockies mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -614 ft
  • Altitude min
    1 miles
  • Altitude max
    1 miles
  • Altitude start
    1 miles
  • Altitude end
    1 miles
  • Grade
    -0.618%
  • Grade max
    -37.496%
  • Grade min
    37.423%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    02:57:54
  • Avg reverse time
    02:49:59
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on Jul 16, 2017
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Avg: 4 (4 votes)

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High Rockies Trail Reports

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Jul 16, 2017 @ 6:33pm
Jul 16, 2017
Bikepacked the entire HRT from Goat to Boulton. Absolutely fantastic trail conditions. Plenty of water available along the trails.
Jul 12, 2017 @ 7:25pm
Jul 12, 2017
Great conditions! We rode Chester tonBuller and back 26 km. Saw nobody on the trail. Quite rocky on the old road out of Chester network but...
Jul 12, 2017 @ 5:03pm
Jul 12, 2017
Chester to Buller and back 26 km perfect conditions. Coming out of Chester once turned into old road is very rocky for only about 2km. Hikers are...
Jul 9, 2017 @ 8:34pm
Jul 9, 2017
Rode from Penstock to Driftwood today (4 hours ride time). With the exception of a small reroute at Blackshale (bridge is still under...
Jun 18, 2017 @ 8:49am
Jun 18, 2017
We rode it June 16th from Driftwood to Buller, 35 km return and 3200 vertical feet. Amazing trail conditions, wouldn't classify this as green due...
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4 Reviews & Comments

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flag GregandStaish (Jul 9, 2016 at 18:49)
 Lost a Suunto watch on the High Rockies bike trail Saturday July 9th, 2016 near driftwood area. It has a bright purple wristband. If found please contact 403-679-1266. Thank you! - Beer reward if returned.
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flag tbkfan (Sep 25, 2016 at 10:01)
 Rode Buller to Driftwood yesterday with a few younger/beginner riders. There is a fair amount of climbing involved for beginners, but none of it is steep or sustained. The trail is beautifully built and the scenery is pretty hard to beat for such an accessible trail.
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flag teleskier (Jun 18, 2017 at 8:46)
 We rode it June 16th from Driftwood, 35 km return and 3200 vertical feet. Amazing trail conditions, wouldn't classify this as green due to it's length and some of the corners may present challenges to beginners. Really flowy and great for an all day in the saddle ride! Can't wait for phase 2 to be smooth and complete to Elk pass. I posted some recent photos of the truly amazing day out.
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flag ayoun (Jul 20, 2017 at 13:35)
 Is it better to start from the Goat Creek Trail?
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