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Lycan1 05-16-2013 11:41 AM

The original posts were deleted after a run in with a "hater" , see tracks at Dual Sport Maps . Com (maps by LeeOldschool), or;

The descriptions are all word for word what were originally written by me on this thread.

I am in the process of rebuilding bigger & better. If you are a local, please feel free to add local knowledge to the thread!

Lav1200 08-01-2013 07:20 AM

Nice work Lee. I'll get my act together soon and post some of the dual-sport friendly tracks I have collected from the Crowsnest area.

Durden 09-13-2013 01:13 PM

I dont want to plug up this thread with chatter, but wanted to thank Lycan for posting these, they look great! Gives me motivation to finally upgrade my GPS to easily track some good routes I know of.


Sbolin 09-17-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks! Hopefully I'll get to use some of them

GSPD750 09-18-2013 04:55 AM


Originally Posted by Durden (Post 22323928)
I dont want to plug up this thread with chatter, but wanted to thank Lycan for posting these, they look great! Gives me motivation to finally upgrade my GPS to easily track some good routes I know of.


I agree as I just stumbled across this thread....good job Lycan. :clap
Now I just have to get out there. :D

Garnotte 10-31-2013 06:21 PM

Thank you for sharing those nice track with us! I'm planning a trip to Alberta and BC, your post are very helpfull!

Hail_TX 11-03-2013 02:22 PM

Thanks for the GPX files to play with Lee! My training begins! Thanks for your dedication to the community as well!

BTW - my issue with downloading was IE11. I had to go in to tools and compatibility settings and add to the compatibility view.

250senuf 02-25-2014 09:27 PM

Neither Mapsource nor Basecamp were able to open Koot Loop.

Jisei 06-14-2014 11:08 AM

Great thread
The route descriptions helps out. Thanks for posting.

Deadly99 08-05-2014 11:10 AM

Thanks for the track files. Planning a trip to your area in September and incorporated a bunch of your tracks


Lycan1 12-28-2014 11:32 AM

Calgary to Burnstick Lake
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I decided to Rebuild this thread little by little. Some people actually appreciate the help it can give and screw the haters!

A nice little back-road run through Water valley and Sundre to Burnstick Lake. Suitable for any bike that can handle gravel. There is a short section of black dirt surface that would be difficult or impassable if really wet. The campground at Burnstick Lake is very nice for tenting, with tables, fire pits and wood available from the hosts.
Campsite 37 at Burnstick lake.
Fall at Burnstick Lake, Alberta

Lycan1 12-28-2014 11:38 AM

Powderface Loop
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The Powder Face Trail loop is a nice loop, about 50% gravel, and big bike friendly. West of Bragg Creek.
About 3 kilometers north (facing south) of the end of Hwy 66.
Just east of the hwy 66 and Powderface south end junction.
The halfway point in the Valley along Powderface trail

Lycan1 12-28-2014 11:55 AM

Rainy Ridge
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A nice wandering backroad route that takes you into the southern Castle Mountain wetlands. It gets somewhat challenging south of the Ski hill. The trail gets pot holed and steep, but both a 990 Adventure and KLR 650 made it to within a couple of kilometers of the BC border. After that the trail was too narrow, loose and steep to safely carry on with big bikes. There are great spots for camping like Castle Falls or Beauvais Lake.
Castle Valley road north of the ski hill. Gravel Super Highway!
a kilometer south of the Ski Hill and where the fun begins.
About 3 kilometers east of the BC border, and end for big bike running unless you are my hero!

Lycan1 12-28-2014 12:01 PM

Ram Falls Loop
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Calgary to Ram Falls is another easy loop with about 50% Gravel along the trunk road past Ram Falls Campground. If you have never stopped at the falls you should, very nice. You won't see them from the bridge on the road. The campground is nice, but try to get a spot on the east end away from the dust of the road. Fuel is available in Nordegg at the store, and at Mountain Aire Lodge (not always) along the trunk road.
Ram Falls at the south side of the campground.
Dusty campsite near the west side of campground. Too near the trunk road. Get the ones further east in the campground if you can.
The bridge (sponsored by KTM ;) ) just south of the campground entrance on the trunk road.

Lycan1 12-28-2014 12:13 PM

Trans Alta Road
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This is a fairly local run, northwest of Cochrane, and makes a nice half day or full day run. The road entrance is off the trunk road immediately past Richards road on the north side of the pavement, not far north of the village of Waiprous. The road is usually badly pot-holed, sometimes rutted and has one low area that stays muddy late into spring. There is camping available in many spots along it's length and ends in the Ghost river Valley north of the Banff Park boundary. The last hill down to the valley is usually chewed up and has lots of loose rock in the tire ruts. Be Sure of your ability to get back up before descending, but in reality even worn out K-60 Heidenaus pulled my 990 up it many times without drama. The Valley itself is a large rocky river flood plain and can be fun to ride on, with easily spotted trails along the berms. It is very picturesque. Banff Park Boundary is south west from the bottom of the hill into the Valley at a point called "Devils Gap" and NO MOTORIZED vehicles are permitted to pass into the park, so please respect that. Going north along the berm trails will bring you to the river eventually and is a nice run. The trail continues on to Phantom Crag but is a snow mobile trail and crossing the river with motorized vehicles is not allowed and can land you a fine by "Fish & Feathers" who I have seen patrolling on multiple occasions. Respecting the rules will help keep the trails open for future riders so please be respectful.
Ghost River Valley floor.
Top of the hill before the decent to the Ghost River Valley.
Just south of the end of the trail. South of Phantom Crag.
Near the Banff Park north border in the valley

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