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Toby Creek Canyon

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Fast, swooping singletrack above Invermere. Very buffed out in places with a long rollercoaster section. A few moments of exposure as it rolls along the southern rim of Toby Creek Canyon, but relatively moderate technically. About 25 km of out and back with minimal elevation gain, just enough to make the return trip perfect. Some new development has changed a couple of sections of the trail, and will probably affect it more in the future, so get it while it is still good. Some of the trail is on private land.
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Latitude
50.49857856525173
Longitude
-116.04721069335937
Trail Directions
Follow 14th st. up until it turns into Pineridge drive, then go up the very bumpy (but car passable) gravel road until you cross a cattle guard. Park here and follow the singletrack uphill as it winds through the forest parallelling the canyon. Follow the trail down and right for a short distance after the fence crossing on more singletrack then ride the road for a couple of kms. until you get to the Y junction. Go right and follow this as it turns into a nice singletrack again with a few exposed moments until you get to the collapsed trestle. Turn around and bomb back down the trail keeping aware of the abyss when necessary. The guidebook directions are pretty good, but it is probably worth stopping by Columbia Sports for beta on your way through town.
Trail Length
25 Kilometers
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Invermere
State/Territory/Province
British Columbia
Country
Canada
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: taynton ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The typical "after work" ride for many of Invermere's bikers. The total trail is about 15km in legnth each way, and it leads to a old trussle bridge that once spanned Toby Creek. The trail is quite flowy, but there are several sections that will need to be hiked up by mortals. Also, there are some scary downhill sections where a fall would plunge you several hundred feet to Toby Creek below. The trail is in quite good condition, with very few swampy, rooty, or rocky sections.

Recommended Route:
From the High School, head west. Follow the road that will continue to take you west. Once in the forest, continue until you reach a gate. Just past the gate, turn right. The trail begins here. Follow the singletrack west. There are several branches, and generally the left branch is easier to climb, while the right branch is better to return on. However, if you travel two far left, the trail will take you to the road. After 5-7 km, the trail returns to the road. You can follow this road for 7-10 more km to the tressle. There is little elevation change, and the route is not very scenic, but its accessability makes it worth while. The road gradually degrades as you continue from gravel road, to doubletrack, to singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Once you pass the gate, turn left instead of right. There are endless loops of trails here, streching from Westside Road to the foot of the Mountains. Further south, you can link up with the SRL lands, also good XC riding. I would even recommend the left side more than the Canyon trail. There are two trails here that stand out. One is very flowy, and finishes 5-7 km out at the same place as the Canyon trail turns into road, and the other climbs a ridge where some excellant, though short, downhill trails can be found. The Rambler is the most difficult and popular of these downhill trails.



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Review Date
September 2, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: luth ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Pretty much as written in the description. A very fun and fast return trip that was so good, it makes you want to turn around and repeat some of the rollercoaster sections. Several options exist for either direction of this out and back. Some new development has changed a section of the trail in the middle to about a kilometer of slashed timber, but otherwise this as an excellent trail. Do it before it becomes another suburb.

Recommended Route:
Staying close to the canyon rim up and back seemed to offer the most fun and exciting riding. There are a few options in places, so explore. An excellent area for an easy afternoon or evening of riding. Again, getting beta from the bike shop in town is probably worth it, especially with the new development that is happening in the area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Moonraker and Mount Seven



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