Lille

Blairmore, Alberta

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Perfect for history buffs, the short ride to the ghost town of Lille offers you a chance to cycle into the past; not that you will have to exchange your high-tech mountain machine for a Penny Farthing, although that might be fun. Roll up the paved road keeping left on the gravel road at the switchback. Private land development is proceeding in this valley so some parts of the route may change. The route turns left and follows a doubletrack past some corrals, then generally climbs and keeps left until it joins another gravel road. (A longer and less pleasing option is to stay on the gravel roads instead of taking this doubletrack.) Go left and where the road starts to climb stay left on doubletrack, cross under the powerline and come to the first crossing of Gold Creek.

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"Perfect for history buffs, the short ride to the ghost town of Lille offers you a chance to cycle into the past; not that you will have to exchange your high-tech mountain machine for a Penny Farthing, although that might be fun.

Roll up the paved road keeping left on the gravel road at the switchback. Private land development is proceeding in this valley so some parts of the route may change. The route turns left and follows a doubletrack past some corrals, then generally climbs and keeps left until it joins another gravel road. (A longer and less pleasing option is to stay on the gravel roads instead of taking this doubletrack.) Go left and where the road starts to climb stay left on doubletrack, cross under the powerline and come to the first crossing of Gold Creek."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Blairmore
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 427 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2-4 hours
Season: June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,265 feet
Top Elevation: 4,692 feet
Local Contacts: Alberta Forest Service, Blairmore 403-562-3210
Local Maps: Blairmore
Driving Directions: Directions to Lille

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May 2018