Ironstone Lookout

Coleman, Alberta

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The trail begins in the community of Coleman in the Crowsnest. Don't miss this climb to the crest of Willoughby Ridge, where the Ironstone Lookout sits perched atop one of the best views in the area. The ride to the lookout is 7.9 miles one-way. It can be negotiated by riders of all technical abilities, but requires excellent aerobic capacity for the steep 2,760-foot ascent to the summit. The trail follows the York Creek Road for five kilometers before branching off from the creek and beginning the steep climb to the lookout. The trail forms an out-and-back route that begins on a secondary road and finishes with a steep climb to the summit of the ridge. The fire lookout is private property, so please respect the privacy of the lookout and stay well away from the building.
Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

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Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

by Ward Cameron (Ward Cameron Enterprises)

The trail begins in the community of Coleman in the Crowsnest. Don't miss this climb to the crest of Willoughby Ridge, where the Ironstone Lookout sits perched atop one of the best views in the area. The ride to the lookout is 7.9 miles one-way. It can be negotiated by riders of all technical abilities, but requires excellent aerobic capacity for the steep 2,760-foot ascent to the summit.

The trail follows the York Creek Road for five kilometers before branching off from the creek and beginning the steep climb to the lookout. The trail forms an out-and-back route that begins on a secondary road and finishes with a steep climb to the summit of the ridge. The fire lookout is private property, so please respect the privacy of the lookout and stay well away from the building.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Coleman
Distance: 15.8
Elevation Gain: 2,760 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Mid-June to mid-October.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,160 feet
Top Elevation: 6,749 feet
Local Contacts: Forest Ranger Station in Blairmore, 403-562-7307.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 G / 10 Crowsnest and 82 G / 9 Blairmore.
Driving Directions: Directions to Ironstone Lookout

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