South Drywood Creek

Pincher Creek, Alberta

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This trip up South Drywood Creek begins on the high plains grasslands of the Rocky Mountain front and climbs up a narrow valley to a pretty blue lake at timberline. The ride continues on to an exposed alpine ridge high above the South Castle River. Along the way you’ll be treated to the usual outstanding scenery and wild colours of the Waterton country. The forests of the upper valley were extensively burned in the 1930s and regeneration has been slow. Alpine flowers are abundant in the meadows. Dirt bikes and the occasional 4x4 use this road so timing can be everything.
Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

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Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies

by Doug Eastcott (Rocky Mountain Books)

This trip up South Drywood Creek begins on the high plains grasslands of the Rocky Mountain front and climbs up a narrow valley to a pretty blue lake at timberline.

The ride continues on to an exposed alpine ridge high above the South Castle River. Along the way you’ll be treated to the usual outstanding scenery and wild colours of the Waterton country. The forests of the upper valley were extensively burned in the 1930s and regeneration has been slow. Alpine flowers are abundant in the meadows. Dirt bikes and the occasional 4x4 use this road so timing can be everything.

©  Doug Eastcott/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Pincher Creek
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 2,297 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: July to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,250 feet
Top Elevation: 7,546 feet
Local Contacts: Alberta Forest Service, Rocky Mountain House 403-845-8272
Local Maps: Sage Creek, Beaver Mines
Driving Directions: Directions to South Drywood Creek

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May 2018