Just out: Bow Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide by Peter Oprsal, who many of you know as the creator of bikepirate web site. Covers Lake Louise through Banff to the Canmore area, and includes such classics as Reclaimer, Riders of Rohan and the Benchland trails. Right now there is nothing written up east of Canmore. Quotes Peter, “The reason that Prospector and Razor Edge are not included, although I would love to have included them, is because they are not sanctioned.” Hopefully, that will happen later on this year. I Know that Razor Edge will have a new ending, to be built this summer, that will take bikers and hikers to Quaite Creek valley via a traverse above the highway .
Measuring only 5” x 6.5”, this small 60-page book nevertheless manages to cram in all the salient points, such as technical rating, physical rating, trail type (x-country, all-mountain, downhill), distance, height gain/loss, times and trail profiles. Even some color pics. There is good info on trailheads (though I would prefer he use the UTM grid as opposed to lat. and long.) and essential info on the trails themselves based on local knowledge. Maps are small and basic, just general guides really, so for trails in Canmore for instance, you would need to pick up a more detailed map. See Canmore Trail Maps.
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