Bowmont Park - Sideshow Bob - Trail, Calgary, Alberta

Bowmont Park - Sideshow Bob - Trail, Calgary, Alberta

DESCRIPTION

If you haven't been on a bike in a while, or don't have good balance...then this is not a trail for you. This single track with turns and small hills would be relatively easy on flat ground, but this trail is carved into roughly a 70 degree hill. One wrong move and you could fall a long way through weeds(thistles) and other such vegetation. Ruts and roots keep your brain tingling and your heart pounding.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 11, 2007]
mike
Cross Country Rider

The singular feature of Sideshow used to be the drop as you enter from the top of the cliffs; I've never seen teeter-totters etc. on the "classic" sideshow. The drop is still there, although a lot of trail maintenance has made the side-hill portions waaay easier than a few years ago, as the trail is now wider and pretty much level. Still a great trail.

The stuff west of here is usually called "the cliffs".

Customer Service

As you come east from Bowness and the cliffs, you'll top out near the cinder path. There is a trail that goes straight down through a thicket of aspens/brush near here, hits a fairly sizable drop (i.e. will catch chainrings on most mountain bikes if you try to roll off it) and continues down and left to join the main part of Sideshow which heads east towards the gravel pit.

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Lotsa good stuff to the west in the "Cliffs" above Bowness. Continue further west to hit hidden valley (12 mile coulee) which will take you north on great singletrack nearly all the way to the 1A.

On the south side of the river, some parts of "the root trail" are still not paved (under Stoney trail and west of there). Used to be an AWESOME loop, but a lot of the technical stuff is gone (i.e. under the pavement of the new bike path).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 20, 2004]
spandexbikestud
Cross Country Rider

This is a really fun and pretty challenging trail. It's a fast trail (should you choose to ride it fast), and there's steep and off-camber sections for your riding pleasure. My rating of '5' is for this trail being in Calgary and literally ten minutes from the University of Calgary. You'll find better riding at Minnewanka and Cox Hill for sure, but this is a great trail that's totally worth your time.

Customer Service

Definitely from Home Road towards Bowness. The trail has steep sections, so going the other way isn't advisable...

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I do enjoy Edworthy, and on the other side of town Fish Creek is a great place to ride. It's been a while since I rode at COP (1999, to be exact!), but that's another place to try...

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 30, 2003]
mel
Weekend Warrior

For those that think the only technical riding in Calgary is located in Fish Creek or COP should try this trail out. This trail is carved in the side of a steep hill and is very challenging including lots of rollers with uphills and downhills. When you get to the bottom there is an area where you can try your luck riding off logs and jumps and other stunts. From here you can hook up with the paved bike trail or stay on the single trak for basically as long as you want.There is easily more kms of singletrak in this area than Fish Creek.

Customer Service

West of Marketmall. You can park beside home road at the bottom of the hill.

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There is tons of singletrak in this area just start riding and you will see dozens of trails carved in the side of the hills.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 14, 2003]
Quinn
Weekend Warrior

Unbelievably fun trail. Some advanced level needed. Not for the week of mind or heart. This trail can run as long as you want along the Bow river valley. Various connections to paved paths also. There is a part of this trail that is nicknamed Sideshow Bob which has some trick riding including logs, teeter toters, ramps and jumps, and various other skill testing obstacles. There is even a stack of old metal building materials that will challenge your balance skills.

Customer Service

If you park along Bowmont park and find a path down the hill side, the trail runs along that hill about half way down.

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Anything along the Bow river valley from underneath the massive Stoney Trail bridge, trough Bowness, Shouldice, and Edworthy parks.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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