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Old 06-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #16
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1/2 day trip southwest of Calgary

Here is a simple, bike bike friendly (Loop) run with a short side trip for those that like to explore. Mix of pavement and gravel. There is a nice lunch stop in Turner Valley on the right just before you turn at the stop sign. The Chuck Wagon restaurant, has great burgers if you've never been. There is gas in both Turner Valley, and Longview, but most bikes will be able to run the whole loop without worries.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:35 AM   #17
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Calgary to Cochrane south west 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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Old 06-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #18
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Beauvais to Rainy Ridge to Longview

A track to go with my "Alberta one weekend at a time" thread in the Canada section.

A link to it on Dualsport Maps site: http://www.dualsportmaps.com/?link=110393

Big bike friendly, except south past Castle Valley Ski area. Be sure to fuel in Lundbreck before heading south to Castle Valley as there is no fuel in the area. Trail is pot-holed, muddy when wet, and crosses three bridges, the second and third narrow. Serious elevation gains after the second bridge. Where we stopped the trail becomes a quad trail and was steep, washed out from melt water and had lots of small tree debris across it. That section would be a challenge for a big bike, and not recommended if loaded with bags, etc.
Heading North along Sartoris road to Blairmore is again big bike friendly, as is North Burmis road connecting to Highway 22 south of Chain lakes. There was construction on Burmis road for the first 6 km north of Highway 3, but you could get through no trouble, as of June 9th 2013.
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Old 06-24-2013, 09:58 AM   #19
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Bridge Washouts

Due to the recent flash floods that Alberta experienced there a a couple of know problems in the Turner Valley / Black Diamond area.

EDIT: The road on Highway 22 west of Black diamond has been repaired and is now passable.

The bridge at the south end of Turner Valley on Decalta Drive has a section gone and will be impassable for the foreseeable future. This is the one by the old gas plant.

To get south you must currently cross the river through Okotoks before heading west and south, noting that travel through the town of High River is not possible at this time, and for the foreseeable future. Stay on highway 2 south past high river, or go west between Okotoks and High River on Hwy 7 , before going south on highway 22.

EDIT: You can now travel through High River on the main roads.


Highway 40 between the Trans Canada and the trunk road junction in the south has had major damage and multiple bridge washout/ failures as well as significant roadbed erosion and slides. After seeing aerial shots, I wouldn't count on using it this summer at all.

Hwy 66 past Bragg creek is expected to remain closed from the Elbow River Bridge (just past the McLean Creek Turnoff) indefinately due to severe damage, cutting off access to Powderface trail from the east end. I suspect that Powderface trail suffered significant damage as well but as yet have not seen any pictures or reports. Anyone who knows that route, knows how many areas have likely been damaged or completely destroyed !

EDIT: As of August 6th the highway past McLean Creek OHV area (highway 66) is accessible via a temporary one lane bridge (controlled by lights).



Powderface is still officially closed and has barricades at the east end and a gate and barricades at the west end. There are new bridges (5 or 6) along its length and many slumps that have yet to be repaired. Narrow but passable for bikes.


EDIT: The bridge at Ram Falls is now open to traffic .

http://511.alberta.ca/ab/en.html

Some if not all campgrounds have suffered significant damage in Kananaskis country and some may not be open this season either. Be sure to check with the Alberta websites before planning on camping in that area.

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As of October 27th the 940 south of Hwy. 40 is passable with one minor water crossing. It is good to 532, which is also passable and in fairly good condition out to Hwy 22.



Both of the above are still barricaded as "road closed" while repairs continue.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:20 AM   #20
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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.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:01 AM   #21
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Another loop



A fairly long day trip with as little pavement as possible to make it work. You will do a bit of the Trans Canada and Highway 40 on this as well as highway 66 coming back in. Powderface is still officially closed so keep that in mind before you decide to do this run. Do so at your own discretion and risk.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:59 AM   #22
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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.
Sounds good Andy, I'd like to see those.
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The Grande Southern Alberta Loop

http://www.dualsportmaps.com/?link=111746

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 Crandel 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.



Don't worry about the skull icons, that is what Garmin put in for gates when I downloaded my own track from dual sport maps.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #24
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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.

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:55 AM   #26
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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.

Cheers!
I agree as I just stumbled across this thread....good job Lycan.
Now I just have to get out there.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #27
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I'm glad they are being used by someone. We have some great riding around Calgary that us locals sometimes become somewhat jaded about. Not everyone needs to risk man and machine on every ride dodging trees and rocks. These tracks allow for a nice mix of gravel and pavement with an occasional disused road thrown in.
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Another back road loop



Track coming soon.
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:21 PM   #29
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Thank you for sharing those nice track with us! I'm planning a trip to Alberta and BC, your post are very helpfull!
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Thank you for sharing those nice track with us! I'm planning a trip to Alberta and BC, your post are very helpfull!
Happy to do it. There are a lot of great rides around Calgary that someone from out of town, or province would miss out on without a bit of local intel. Just be mindful that many have sections that are at high elevation or in low lying ares that weather and season make a huge difference to them being passable.
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