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

High Rockies Details

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    AM, XC, Fat
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  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • 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
    1.0 miles
  • Altitude max
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude start
    1.1 miles
  • Altitude end
    1.0 miles
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7.6 miles
  • Distance down
    9.2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2.1 miles
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on May 17, 2017
Snow Covered
Avg: 4.65 (3 votes)

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High Rockies Trail Reports

May 17, 2017 @ 5:47pm
May 17, 2017
Went out and rode the first ~10km of the trail from goat creak today. First bit of trail after signage is washed out but nothing major and easily...
May 15, 2017 @ 7:01am
May 15, 2017
Exactly 1KM from the Driftwood trailhead heading south there is 10-15 feet of trail that has been washed out. Heavy equipment will probably be...
Jan 29, 2017 @ 4:07pm
Jan 29, 2017
Rode this from Driftwood south for 7.5 km on Jan 28. Fun enough. No need for studs. Needs traffic and, beyond 7.5... snowshoers.
Nov 9, 2016 @ 3:26pm
Nov 9, 2016
Mostly dry with a few wet sections. However a small rain storm came through behind me so expect significant amounts of mud for the next few days
Oct 15, 2016 @ 6:19pm
Oct 15, 2016
Rode from Driftwood to Spray Lakes and back. A mix of hard pack snow and dirt. Great trails, berms are in excellent condition...
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2 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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FatBiking High Rockies Trail | Dec 2016
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