Landslide LAke - Trail, Sask Crossing / Nordegg, Alberta

Landslide LAke - Trail, Sask Crossing / Nordegg, Alberta

DESCRIPTION

Scary Sh@!#$@t!!! For those who like serious, (and I mean serious cuz help is a long ways away if you get into trouble) wild back country rides this is it. You'll be lucky to see one other person on this trail while riding. It is a no joking around ride. Pack gear for any emergency you can imagine and be daaaamn sure you're bike is up to snuff before even attempting this. Bike and hike (yes there are some ups that are even hard walking up) your way to the top and slowly pick your way around the lake to get to some totally sweet, diverse, lonesome singletrack for the remainder of the ride. You'll come out at the end of the Cline River feeling a amazing sense of survival and accomplishment. It'll be one trail you'll put on your wall of fame.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 02, 2011]
jonah krauskopf
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 18, 2009]
Excel
Racer

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used:

Nordegg Marathon Race Course (near old mines above town), Kootenay Plains, Baseline Mountain.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 03, 2007]
Lance Forsberg
Weekend Warrior

Started the ride at the Landslide Lake trailhead (at the Cline River) and then rode the highway to the WildHorse Creek trailhead. About 2.5 push/carry to the top of Wildhorse Pass and then rode the scree slope down to Landslide Lake. Followed the trail around the south end of the lake and then the trail from the lake down to the Cline River and then out to my truck.
Did the trip solo - took about 8 hrs for the ride with basically no breaks. This is not a bike ride but a backcountry trip that will involve about 1/3 of the time either carrying or pushing the bike up some steep slopes. It also requires solid backcountry navigations skills- if you can't navigate with a map and compass then don't go. You also need to be self sufficient as you may not see anyone else the whole trip.
If you have what it takes it's hard to beat - if you don't have what it takes you could get in way over your head.

Similar Products Used:

Baseline Mtn
Nordegg Minesite
Black Mtn trails

Check with Frontier Lodge just west of Nordegg for other trails.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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