Baldy Pass - Trail, Bragg Creek, Alberta

Baldy Pass - Trail, Bragg Creek, Alberta

DESCRIPTION

Start with a nice fire road climb which eventually turns into some semi-tecnical single track near the top. The total climb is about 10km. Once the top of the pass is reached you are in for some quite steep and technical,off-camber single track all the way back down to the highway. The start of the descent is particularly tricky with many large loose rocks and scree. Nice easy ride along Highway 40 for 6km to the trail head after descent. Watch out for hikers on the way down!!

USER REVIEWS

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[May 01, 2009]
wilki
Cross Country Rider

Pretty good ascent up fire roads, however, start of trail has been affected by recent clearcutting. Still this can be a great leg burner if you want to push all the way to the top. The initial downhill portion is loose and technical but rideable. As you reach the second half there is quite a bit of wash out and sink holes from heavy rains a couple of years ago. To my understanding there is trail repair going on but it will probably take a few seasons to get this trail back into good riding shape.

Customer Service

Start from U of C field station ride up through clearcuts along fire road and down from pass. Return to U of C field station along road.

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Prairie View Lookout-Jewel Pass
Jewel Pass - Skogan Pass circuit

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 08, 2008]
Bryce
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail for the first time August 2008 and I loved it. The climb is fairly mellow compared to others in the area, non-technical, not steep except for just a couple sections. The total climb is about 8.5 km to the top from the U of C field station, so its a very reasonable length, you should have plenty of energy left for the rest of the ride.

The decent is where the real fun awaits! Starts off with a sketchy loose scree area at the top, but beyond that it is some of the best technical single track in all of k-country IMO. As you get near the bottom there is a section through a rocky river bed, then ends with a smooth fast winding trail through the woods. Not sure what the other reviewer meant by it being a "skid-fest" as it is very rideable all the way down, maybe he better stick to the paved pathways.

If you take this route you end up with a 5km ride on the highway, which is kind of fun in itself since you can get some huge speed cruising down the ashphalt.

Overall its a very fun trail without being too long or exhausting. The only downside was the extensive logging taking place at the beginning of the climb, the maze of logging roads can make it a bit confusing, but stick to the bike tracks and you should be fine.

Customer Service

Park at the U of C field station. Ride Trail. Finish on Hwy 40, ride about 5 km on the highway back to your car.

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Jewel Pass/Prairie View across the highway is just as good, tougher climb though.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 25, 2007]
Travis Bickle
Weekend Warrior

10 km climb followed by a rocky, rooty, ripping descent. The climb is just there so you can reap the reward, a beautiful descent. I would bring my pads next time to increase my confidence even though we made it down fine. To enjoy it you'll need a bit of descending experience and confidence but if you do it's pure joy. Park at Porcupine so you don't have to finish on the highway and dull your adrenaline high.

Customer Service

Park at Porcupine and ride the highway to the Universities compound and then up the path to the single-track. Once up at the top it's all downhill back to your car.

Similar Products Used:

Prairie View on the other side of the highway. Another tasty descent.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 05, 2004]
pinkrobe
Cross Country Rider

I started riding this trail back in 1998, and I can say that it is pretty much worked now. The climb up is still in good shape, but the downhill has been chewed up pretty badly. 2.5"+ tires and disc brakes have combined to produce a real skid-fest all the way down. Erosion has produced some big ruts and the occasional "short-drop-to-tree" lines that didn't exist back in the day. Park at Porcupine, ride the road, climb the hill, drop your seat and don't bail.

Customer Service

Clockwise, from Porcupine.

Similar Products Used:

Bow Race Course [Barrier Dam]

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 05, 2000]
Jason Hamm

Going in the other direction, makes it a very technical climb uphill for about 4km. Very challenging but rewarding when you get to burn downhill for 10km!!!! Trust me..... it's the way to go!

Customer Service

Ride it in the opposite direction!! Not the route mentioned above.

Similar Products Used:

For a technical climb and downhill, try Jummping Pound and Cox Hill. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 06, 2000]
Trevor Nicholson

"Classic" singletrack ride! This is an excellent ride on a sunny day, but if it is raining stay away, all the rocks and roots will have you cursing your bad luck! For the technical geeks out there ride this baby from Porcupine parking lot up the singletrack and right back down. For the **LADIES** out there ride the fire road and regret it every crank of the way!!!!!

Customer Service

This is a great ride for those looking for a little bit of everything! My suggestion for those who enjoy technical climbing with a little bit of trials involved as well as technical downhill is to park at the porcupine parking lot on Hwy 40, ride up the singletrack, turn around at the top and ride right back down!!! Amazing! The fire road down is long and quick but boring.

Similar Products Used:

Jumpingpound/Cox Hill-->Wicked Up, but the 7km down on Cox is worth it!!!!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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