Saturday, September 26, 2015

Goat Creek Trail

Trip Date: September 2015

Goat Creek is a popular multi-use trail that's located in both Spray Valley Provincial Park and Banff National Park.  It runs on the west side of Mount Rundle between the towns of Canmore and Banff; crossing both Goat Creek and the Spray River.  The trail is 19.3km in length and is best done from east to west as the majority of the trail is flat or downhill in that direction.  Christine, Sarah, Jeff, and I decided to ride Goat Creek Trail in late September.  This marked the second time that Chris and I have used the trail, but would be Sarah and Jeff's first.  Although riders can use the Rundle Riverside Trail or the Banff Legacy Trail to return to Canmore we opted to leave a vehicle at the Bow Falls parking lot and only ride one direction.

Goat Creek Trailhead
Beautiful fall colours as we start the ride
That's Ha Ling Peak in the background
Sarah, Christine, and Jeff on the trail
The girls
Crossing Goat Creek with Mount Rundle in the background
The girls enjoying the ride so far
Crossing the Spray River
Bike selfie
Near the end of the trail we passed this tree that was covered in claw marks, likely from a Black Bear
Another great day outside!
We had a great afternoon ride and capped things off accordingly with a couple of pints and some food at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon in downtown Banff before heading back to Canmore for some relaxation in the hot tub!

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