Collie Creek

Golden, British Columbia

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Over the years, mountain bikers have moved increasingly away from road rides. We look for more challenging wilderness rides and forget out graveled roots. The 19.44-mile out-and-back road up Collie Creek is one route that packs in more views per kilometer than almost anywhere else in the Rockies. Beginning along the lower slopes of Fisher Peak, the trail passes the lush growth along avalanche slopes and begins climbing out of the Blaeberry Valley at 1.68 miles. Picturesque views suddenly become spectacular as you look across the valley toward the icy surface of the Freshfield Glacier. As you continue to ascend, the eastern skyline soon reveals another icefield, known as the Wapta Icefield. The peaks above this icefield form the Continental Divide, the boundary between British Columbia and Alberta, and they also form the boundary of Banff National Park.

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"Over the years, mountain bikers have moved increasingly away from road rides. We look for more challenging wilderness rides and forget out graveled roots. The 19.44-mile out-and-back road up Collie Creek is one route that packs in more views per kilometer than almost anywhere else in the Rockies. Beginning along the lower slopes of Fisher Peak, the trail passes the lush growth along avalanche slopes and begins climbing out of the Blaeberry Valley at 1.68 miles.

Picturesque views suddenly become spectacular as you look across the valley toward the icy surface of the Freshfield Glacier. As you continue to ascend, the eastern skyline soon reveals another icefield, known as the Wapta Icefield. The peaks above this icefield form the Continental Divide, the boundary between British Columbia and Alberta, and they also form the boundary of Banff National Park."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Golden
Distance: 19.4
Elevation Gain: 2,296 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Mid-June to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,608 feet
Top Elevation: 5,904 feet
Local Contacts: Summit Cycle, 250-344-6600
Local Maps: NTS 82 N / 10 Blaeberry River
Driving Directions: Directions to Collie Creek

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May 2018