Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies
by Doug Eastcott (Rocky Mountain Books)
© Doug Eastcott/Rocky Mountain Books. All Rights Reserved.
would anyone mind posting who i should contact for permission to drive there and park at the yarrow canyon trailhead? Or my email is email@example.com
NOTE: This trail is not 24 total miles. The 20.4 km in the guide book is the total distance, not one-way (although you might have to tack on 6 km because the trailhead is inaccessible, see below).
I didn't understand the previous comment until I tried to get to the trailhead. The locked gate (with the no trespassing sign) is 3km BEFORE the indicated trailhead. I parked at the gate (even though there was a key in the lock), ignored the no trespassing sign and tacked 3 more km of gravel road onto my ride. After the compressor station, the road splits and continues up both sides of Yarrow creek and it would have been nice if the trail description was more explicit about staying on the right/north side.
I admit I didn't wait until mid-June, but I seriously doubt this would be a "dry-feet trip" until much later in the season. It's true you don't have to ford Yarrow creek, but there are several smaller streams coming down and crossing (or sometimes taking over) the trail.
I don't know if it's because it's still early in the season or if it's because the trail isn't used much anymore (because of the gate and the sign), but there were quite a few trees across the trail. It seemed like I was continuously getting off my bike to go around or over some obstacle.
I was just on an evening ride and didn't make it all the way to the head of the valley. The scenery was beautiful, but every time I stopped to enjoy it, I was swarmed by mosquitoes. The ride out was pretty fast and quite enjoyable.
I just drove down to the trail head but did not ride the trail. Your trailhead is on private property but if you continue down the gravel road to the end of it you can park and just ride down from there and catch up to the trail. I didn't have time to ride the trail. You need permission to ride the road on private property. Be sure and check out the pasture to the right of the gravel road--there are usually some buffalo grazing there.
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