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Snowshoe trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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moderate singletrack/doubletrack mix with 1-3 stream crossings depending on the time of year
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Latitude
49.105342729732754
Longitude
-113.97422790527344
Trail Directions
Take the Red Rock Parkway to Red Rock canyon. (about 15 Km from the Waterton townsite) I recommend driving because the road is very narrow and has a lot of traffic during the summer. Park the car at the canyon and cross the bridge to the Snowshoe trailhead.
Trail Length
8 Km (one way)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Waterton
   


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Review Date
October 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: muddpie33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
good trail!!!! starts at the red rock canyon parking lot and you cross over the bridge. The first 3-4kms in on moderatly flat side-by-side single track until the goat lake trail head where the trail start winding around the base of the mountain and the climb begins. Not to long only about 3kms til you reach the cabin where there is nice places to eat lunch. Either hide your bikes in the trees and pick a hiking trail or turn back down. The ride down is awesome, you can get some intense speed for such a tight single. It gets rocky and knarly in places.(always wear your helm)We stached our bikes and hiked to Goat Lake about halfway back. Nice climb up but there are far nicer hikes in the area. MAKES LOADS OF NOISE-its thick grizzly country. After we hiked up and hiked down we saddled up for the rest of the trail. I was much faster than the rest of our group so me and older bro rode into town.We just road our mountain bikes down on the road.(the the traffic is pretty bad but we were riding a hell of alot faster than the speed limit so only got passed like 3 times)

Recommended Route:
On the way to the town site take the turn marked "red rock canyon." Follow it to the parking lot park and pack lots of water the wheather is so hot in southern alberta. * I recommend riding down the road on the way back you barely need to pedal just a nice cool down*

Other recommended trails in the same area:
HIKE CRYPT LAKE!!!!!
Crowsnest Pass or Fernie!!!



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Review Date
March 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Driver , from Montreal, PQ, Canada

Summary:
From the parking lot, Snowshoe trail starts as a wide singletrack through the forest which gradually spreads into doubletrack. Apparently it used to be a road which was closed due to environmental concerns and has now basically become two singletracks side by side. At maybe a half a kilometre in the trail will start to climb....get used to the feeling. The remaining 8 Km or so are mostly uphill. There are a few short steep sections but most of it is pretty gradual. Two of the stream crossings are tricky but negotiable, and if you go anytime after June they probably won't have any water in them at all. The third stream crossing is another story altogether. It was pretty much destroyed during a flood 5 years ago and the trail has been re-routed around the washout. The new trail still a has rocky section which can have water in it from time to time so have fun. You will eventually reach the cabin, which is a great place to have lunch and maybe stash the bikes for an afternoon hike to Avion ridge or Twin lakes. Coming back is the fun part. Snowshoe is relatively smooth and very, very fast. The nice part about it being an old overgrown access road is that you can get the speed of a fire road bomb while still (technically) riding on singletrack. Having two trails side by side make it possible to race your friends over certain sections. The downside is that there are a lot of hikers in the summer so please keep an eye out as a lot of families with little kids use this area, especially closer to Red Rock. We usually go in the fall when there are less people and last year we bombed the whole thing in just over 10 minutes!

Recommended Route:
Drive from the Waterton townsite to the Red Rock day use area (about 16 Km) and park the car there. Cross the foot bridge to the Snowshoe trailhead. Riding Snowshoe as an out & back will give you about 16 Km of riding. PLEASE NOTE that the trail is only "officially" open as far as Showshoe cabin. This said, I have seen people on bikes in as far as twin lakes, so check with a warden before you go to see what's rideable and what isn't. Contrary to what was recently written in "Bike" magazine, the trails to Goat lake, Lost lake, Lone lake, and Avion ridge are NOT open to bikes, although they make excellent day hikes.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Crandell Lake loop, Wall lake/Akamina pass



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