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Old 05-16-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Rebuilding

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

http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php...d=12&Itemid=71

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!

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Calgary to Burnstick Lake

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
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Powderface Loop

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
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Rainy Ridge

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!
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Ram Falls Loop

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.
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Old 12-28-2014, 12:13 PM   #6
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Trans Alta Road

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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Old 12-28-2014, 12:18 PM   #7
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Dinosaurs & Coulees

Easy gravel and paved from Calgary to Rosedale through Rockyford, Rosebud and Wayne Alberta. Backroads that any large barge could do. Mainly for the scenery around Drumheller and Dorothy. Campground at Dinosaur Provincial Park marked. 250 km fuel range recommended. Brooks to Calgary uses Canal roads from Milo into Carseland and was un-gated at the time of this post.


RR 274a

Last Chance Saloon in Wayne, AB

Old East Coulee Bridge (walk over only and be careful !)

RR 264 looking south
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Margaret Lake

This is another run that branches of Waiprous Valley Road heading west off the trunk road. It can be done by larger dual-sport bikes but is much more fun (I imagine) on smaller more dirt specific machines. Weight is definitely your enemy here. The trail is very rocky, has been scooped out by 4X4's and has lots of puddles along its length. A group of us on various machines, my 990 Adventure being the biggest did this. I had trouble on one of the steeper, loose hills but made it the second try. The last hill before the muddy section by the lake I opted to sit out. Good off road tires (TKC's or more aggressive would be advisable) and better not to do this run solo unless you are very confident about your abilities. It does see a fair amount of jeep traffic and dirt bikes on weekends.


Just before the trail turns north (right in picture) and climbs the hill that I crashed on.

End of the easy trail that 4X4's use.

Last Hill before the mud starts. I opted to skip it at the time, as it looked much steeper in person!

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Margaret Lake in the background.

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Limestone Lookout

Another nice trail on the West side of the trunk road a little farther north than Mountain Aire Lodge. You should fuel there if you plan to do this run. The trail is easy, almost right to the Radio tower, with about the last 200 yards very rocky. It makes for a good workout steering your bike across the lumpy surface trying to find a good line across the baseball sized (and bigger) rocks. The view on a sunny day is amazing and the fire lookout tower can be ridden out to if you are comfortable riding loose and sometimes fairly steep surfaces. Again a small dual-sport would have the advantage past the radio tower (and gate). It can get really windy on top. I did it on My 990 Adv., but did not go past the radio Tower, as I did not believe my worn rear tire would get my bike back up the hill. It is worth getting at least that far just for the views!


Looking North East from the tower

The Rock Garden



Looking up the hill to the tower from the gate.

Looking west from the gate.
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Grand Southern Loop

Mostly Big bike friendly, I have done all this on my 990 loaded with camping gear. This ride is approximately 858 km round trip. Payne Lake at the southern end is my favorite alternative to Crandell Mountain campsite in Waterton, and much less crowded.

The ride will take you through a wide variety of landscapes, the most mountainous along Dutch creek and Allison roads which are also the most challenging sections and should be avoided early (or late) in the season.

The Porcupine Hill section is one of my favorite areas other than Dutch Creek, and east Sharples road is a highlight. The entire route gives ample opportunity for photo ops and even those that have grown up in Alberta will find plenty to enjoy along its length.


Just before Dutch creek road turns south to Allison Creek road.












Payne Lake sunset from the dock.
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Calgary Cochrane 1/2 day loop

A little loop around the south west area of Calgary, Turner Valley over Powderface to Cochrane without hitting the Trans Canada or Hwy 22. Make sure to fuel in Turner valley unless to have really good range. This is big bike friendly.





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Calgary to Elkwater Canals

This is a mostly gravel route that incorporates both gravel back roads and the canal service roads. It is a full day ride. I last did this 2 years ago (in its entirety) and there were spots were land owners adjacent had tried to block the canal service road with rock piles. They were circumvent-able but could be a tight squeeze for bikes with non-removable bags. Much better when dry, but do-able in the wet. Nice relaxing ride with very little traffic.


From 2011 spring.


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Courtesy of LAV1200.


The lake just north of the hotel (nice) at Elkwater.
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BIG Day Loops from Calgary

For those who like a real full day, here are a couple of tracks that would be a hard push, all day event. They consist of about 45/55% split (paved to gravel) either way, depending on which track you take. Fuel stops are marked, and any sized dual-sport should be fine on these.














West Sharples road looking west.
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Calgary to "The Hump" Loop

Any Dual-Sport regardless of size can do this easy day loop from Calgary. Nice empty back roads and a good variety of scenery. The road, 532 can have snow late into Spring, and the small water ford north of Black Diamond can be a hazard after a day of rain, or during spring melt and caution should be used. A good rule of thumb for the river ford (it has a concrete pad) is if you can see the edges of the concrete pad it is safe. If the water is turbid and wider than the pad, don't do it. I made the mistake early one spring and nearly got washed away in 2,1/2 feet of fast flowing water!


Just west of the summit (hump) on 532 early season.




Just after the 2013 flood damage was repaired east of the summit.



Climbing the quad track south of 532 at the summit. Good tires recommended.
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Calgary South Foothills Loop

A solid day via back-roads and highway. Easy for any large dual-sport with a rider comfortable on gravel.











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