On Thursday, we drove the bikes up Whiteman's Gap, and rode the Goat Creek mountain bike trail down into Banff (a ride we did in 2009), then came home via the Legacy Trail. Aha! This was a 42 km circuit, virtually all downhill dropping 300 m from the start to our house, on a mix of old gravel fire roads and the paved trail. The car shuttle to pick up the car at the end of the day is only about 15 minutes for us. As I mentioned in my last post on the trail, there's even a shuttle that will take you up to the trailhead.
This is a ride pretty much anyone can do on any bike that has something fatter than road tires. There's only one small hill climb of 60 m on the Goat Creek trail, coming out of the Spray River crossing. It's too steep for me to ride the whole way, so I pushed my bike for at total of about 200 m.
As usual, the downside of mountain biking is that you don't stop for photos that often.
|The Goat Creek bridge|
|Mt. Rundle from the first Spray River crossing|
|The new Spray River bridge at the first crossing|
|The second Spray River crossing|
|The castle in the woods|
|The falls at typical to low water flow|
I'm not going to become a lover of the Legacy Trail any time soon. But riding it as an end to the Goat Creek ride means that it at least has some use. Give it a try some time.