19 miles
2,826 ft
-3,440 ft
Avg time

High Rockies Details

  • Riding area
    Kananaskis Country, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened
  • 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
    5,324 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,007 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,999 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,384 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jul 10, 2018
Avg: 4.15 (6 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to high-rockies trailhead (50.874330, -115.343470)
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High Rockies Trail Reports

Jul 10, 2018 @ 7:56am
Jul 10, 2018
In great condition from Driftwood 25kms in, and back to Driftwood. Only one small tree down across the trail, NBD
May 28, 2018 @ 9:44am
May 28, 2018
A few puddles after crossing the road heading towards goat Creek but otherwise dry and in great shape.
May 22, 2018 @ 11:39am
May 22, 2018
Wet, snowy and not ride-able Sunday May 20th- south end Kent Creek
Mar 12, 2018 @ 5:19pm
Mar 12, 2018
Rode March 12, 2018 from Goat car park to the dam. Excellent fat biking conditions. The sled dog crews are doing a nice job of grooming! Great...
Dec 4, 2017 @ 3:42pm
Dec 4, 2017
Conditions are excellent for 10 south of Driftwood. Punched a little further past that. More traffic would help. Studs not necessary.
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6 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
flag ayoun (Jul 20, 2017 at 13:35)
 Is it better to start from the Goat Creek Trail?
  • + 3
flag warrenmacdonald (Aug 25, 2017 at 21:52)
 I've now ridden most of this trail on a Lasher Sport ATH (all terrain handcycle), and have to say with front wheel drive some sections are super challenging. I couldn't have done them without my partner pushing me up a bunch of the steeper hills where I just couldn't get traction on the front wheel. Will post in more detail at some point section by section, but would say that a rear wheel drive HC, like a One-Off, Reactive Adaptions "Bomber" or SportOn Explorer would do just fine, though in my mind these bikes are just not as enjoyable for this type of XC riding.
  • + 2
flag shaungair (May 19, 2018 at 19:21)
 South of driftwood its definitely not a green trail. Rates a blue from there on - steeper sections with lots of loose rock.

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