August 2, 2011
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Reviewed by: jonah krauskopf
this trail is rediculous you will be will be exhausted by the end and it will take all day. But their is some good riding to be had but by the time you get to it your body will feel like jello. So instead of enjoying the good parts you just want out. The only reason i gave this trip a 3 out of 5 is that it is such an epic that you will feel very proud of yourself that you are still alive and dident need to get heli lifted out. I guess the other reason is the scenery is good and you dont often get to take a mountain bike up to a 7500 ft pass. The skiing down the scree on a bike is also fun but you will go through almost a full set of break pads.
get heli lifted in to the lake or bike in up the cline river to the y in the trail to lake of the falls and then out
April 18, 2009
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Reviewed by: Excel
You will do more hiking than biking on this trail. The ascent from the highway to the pass is 95% hike w/bike, and the trail is overgrown with willows and small spruce in places (a.k.a. hell).
You will eventually hit the pass after 3 - 4 hours of hiking uphill with a bike, and you will reach the 2nd best part of the trail - scree descent!
Descend and aim for the near end of the lake. Try to keep your feet dry as you slog through the marshy areas and mosquitoes close to shore. The left shore (more exposed, less trees) may be easier to cross around than right shore where everyone camps. The rocks make riding difficult.
Carry your bike around the lake and find the hiker's trail through the landslide rubble. Now, get ready for the most frustrating part of your day - endless deadfall over fun downhill singletrack! Ride for 10-20sec, get off bike, walk around/over, repeat for hours.
You will eventually pass the turnoff for Lake of the Falls. Sometime after this (I don't remember when/where I was fighting a bonk) you will reach a relatively deadfall-free, fun downhill section of trail that continues all the way back to the Cline River Valley, and eventually back to the highway. The good downhill section of trail will take you 2 - 3 hours to ride in this direction.
This was close to a 12 hour day for us. We did this trail as a complete loop starting on the highway from where the Cline River drains into Lake Abraham.
Full route only recommended for the hardcore/crazy. Hiking boots/shoes with ankle support recommended. You will probably not get over the pass from the other direction. The Backcountry Biking book is horribly out of date for this ride.
I recommend hiking this trail in the clockwise direction. Do some scrambles from the pass instead, and camp near the lake. Fish to your hearts delight, enjoy the wilderness, and mind the bears.
If the deadfall is cleared, the majority of the trail after the lake may become enjoyable again. Right now it sucks.
I STRONGLY recommend riding the best part of the trail (counter-clockwise to several KM past the Cline River camp). Ride up the Cline River Valley all the way past the large camp towards Landslide Lake/Lake of the Falls. Turn around when travel through deadfall becomes arduous, and enjoy the wicked downhill. This ride would be a good day. Don't ride the rest of it.
Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nordegg Marathon Race Course (near old mines above town), Kootenay Plains, Baseline Mountain.