Hastings Ridge Rider

Hillcrest, Alberta

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The trail is located in the Crowsnest Pass along the Highway 3, within the community of Hillcrest. This arduous trail provides spectacular view of the peaks surrounding the Crowsnest Pass. With an altitude gain of approximately 2000 feet, it climbs a high pass between Hastings Ridge and Hillcrest Mountain. The views from this pass are spectacular, with the impressive faces of the Flathead Range dominating the western skyline. From the pass, the trail drops to either Lyons Creek or Drum Creek roads. The trail forms a loop of approximately 12 miles via Drum Creek and 24 miles along Lyons Creek. During the floods of 1995, the Drum Creek route was badly damaged. The trail is a route-finder's dream. Don't even think of riding it without a topographic map and a compass. Like many trails in the Crowsnest area, it is often a jumble of unmarked junctions and alternate trails. But the rewards are worth the confusion, and this trail is highly recommended.

Hastings Ridge Rider Professional Review and Guide

"The trail is located in the Crowsnest Pass along the Highway 3, within the community of Hillcrest. This arduous trail provides spectacular view of the peaks surrounding the Crowsnest Pass. With an altitude gain of approximately 2000 feet, it climbs a high pass between Hastings Ridge and Hillcrest Mountain. The views from this pass are spectacular, with the impressive faces of the Flathead Range dominating the western skyline. From the pass, the trail drops to either Lyons Creek or Drum Creek roads.

The trail forms a loop of approximately 12 miles via Drum Creek and 24 miles along Lyons Creek. During the floods of 1995, the Drum Creek route was badly damaged. The trail is a route-finder's dream. Don't even think of riding it without a topographic map and a compass. Like many trails in the Crowsnest area, it is often a jumble of unmarked junctions and alternate trails. But the rewards are worth the confusion, and this trail is highly recommended."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hillcrest
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Mid-June to mid-October.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,240 feet
Top Elevation: 6,240 feet
Local Contacts: Frank Slide Interpretive Center, 403-562-7388.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 G / 9 Blairmore.
Driving Directions: Directions to Hastings Ridge Rider

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May 2018