Paddling down the Kicking Horse River is clearly our specialty. And although we love the river and the thrill white water provides, we here at Glacier adore the many activities that come along with living in a mountain town.
Our amazing location in the heart of the Rockies has led Golden, B.C. to become a leading destination for one adventure activity that leaves you breathless and excited to hit the trails!
Golden’s mountain biking culture is extremely diverse and unique - more than 100 kilometers of quality bike trails zigzag the area, marking Golden as a destination in the Canadian Rockies for adventure junkies looking to get outside and ride through the woods.
Whether you are looking for a short cruise-y ride, or a thrilling downhill adventure, Golden has trails that fit your mood – and your style.
Three main biking areas surround Golden – the CBT trail network, the Moonrakers and the Mountain Shadows. Not to mention that Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Mount 7 offer some pretty insane downhill trails.
And with Golden’s Cycling Club continuously working hard to grow and maintain the trail networks, it seems like the trail list is ever growing. So, it can get a bit overwhelming at times to choose which route to take – especially if you are new to town, or just looking for a new area to explore.
Many of our staff members hit the trails regularly, so we have a bit of insight into which trails are worthy of our time (even though they all are!). But, here are five of our favourite – and all of them are accessible from in town itself.
Glacier photographer Jena LeRoy has been biking for years, and her favourite trail is a classic - straight up CBT Mainline. “I have a soft spot for it,” she explains. It’s the trail she learned on, and one that forces you to push hard to get yourself up to the top.
And you get the award on your way back down.
Raft guide Lawrence Brennan agrees, and says that the trail strikes a good balance between going up and coming down.
With many trails that link off of CBT Mainline, a more popular route seems to be: down Gold Rush and Mighty Quinn, and then back to town through Take-it-Easy. These sections off the CBT trail network provide a good workout, along with a good thrill for adventure-seekers.
Although Jena learned on this trail, she says it’s not necessarily the best for beginners, as it is hard to, “be in shape and also learn.”
She makes a good point.
For a more-relaxed ride, Glacier owner Carmen Narancsik recommends the North Star trail to Bear Claw to Canyon Creek before looping back to Cedar Lake, up at the Moonraker trail system.
Although situated a bit further from town (a 10-minute drive up towards Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will take you there), the Moonraker trails are more cruise-y trails that are, “fun and flowy.” Great for beginners, the Moonrakers provide gorgeous scenery while also bringing you to some hidden lakes that are great for swimming with few people around.
“Cedar Lake 3 and 4 are beautiful,” says Narancsik, who saw a moose last season feeding in a swampy area.
But don’t be fooled by all the trails up there. Raft guide Isaac Kamink loves a thrill, and his favourite trail is LSD, which is a steep downhill route that pumps up your adrenaline, while also providing amazing scenery.
“It is awesome just for the aesthetics and the view itself,” he explains. “It is spectacular.” Plus, the trail links up to the ski resort, he adds, which provides its own unique beauty.
“But my true love are the Mountain Shadow trails…”
For those looking to get more technical with their biking, the Mountain Shadows are a great network of trails located near the base of Golden’s famous peak – Mount 7.
Glacier owner Ryan Johannesen says that Cliffside is a pretty sweet trail that ends with a view overlooking the town of Golden and the Columbia Valley. Although the pedal up is very challenging (and therefore not too busy), the view is definitely worth the pain.
“Plus, going down is a blast,” he adds.
These are just a few of the trails in Golden that our staff suggests exploring; there are so many trail links that this list could go on-and-on! But these are our favourite, and we hope they become your favourite too!
For more information on any of the trails, head to the Golden Cycling Club page.
Cheers from the Glacier Crew.