Trail difficulity as far as unicycling goes:
Powderface - Ridge - Expert
To get there, go west on highway 22x past Bragg Creek and past the station
flats, elbow falls and powerface parking lot. Keep going to the end of the pavement just before the gravel. Just on the right of the road is the trail exit.You can ride/hike up this or go up the rode 5.6km to the higher trail head for some amazing hikes and views. This trail head loops all the way back to the end of the pavement and is only about 9km long (but lots of altitude). Don't expect to ride much though on the way up, as it is very steep uphill so most is very difficult to ride. As steep as it is up, the downhill is as steep down and well worth it. Anyway, you hike/ride all the way to the top of the ridge and then drop over the ridge for the downhill from the top all the way out. Its drops to the east from the top of the ridge (small marked trail). The rest is some of the steepest, longest more technical stuff I've ridden and a super ride. Hope some of you try it out sometime. BTW: we hitch-hiked up the rode instead of walking so you can do that or shuttle if you have 2 cars. The 5.6km gravel rode is NO fun on a uni, so I don't recomment it.
Powderface - Prarie View - Advanced
To get there, go west on highway 22x past Bragg Creek and past the station
flats. A few kilometers later there is a sign on the right for Powderface.
Start at the parking lot here.
This trail is quite grueling on a unicycle but absolutely awesome! You start
by riding uphill along a wide and very rocky trail for about 2.5 kilometes
along the Powderface creek You will get to a sign and can either keep going
straight or go right. Take the path right which is called the Prarielink trail.
This is a very smooth trail through the woods which keeps going uphill for
about 1 kilometer. Once you do get to the high point however, you will realize
it is all worth it. Then there is a couple kilometers of awesome downhill
with some steep sections, rooted, rocky and various technical terrain. It
is downhill until you get to the Prarie creek. There is a bridge to cross
the creek and you cross the valley to the north side. The scenery is absolutely
amazing and the entire rest of the ride is just as beautiful as it is difficult.
The rest of the trail is all single track, very rocky and an excellent technical
ride. There are many short steep up and downs as the trail winds along high
above the creek. You will come to a peak (not super high) for some more enjoyable
scenery and will continue on mostly downhill with some very steep sections
back to the flats toward the highway. Follow the trail out to the highway
and it turns back south along the highway for about 300m back the powderface
The loop is about 8 km long and takes between 2-3 hours to complete.
Fish Creek park - Beginner - Advanced
- Well, its tough to describe specific trails at Fish Creek, the park is huge
and there are literally hundreds of incredable trails. It has everything from
simple flat packed trails to death drops and steep technical single track.
There is something for everyone here!
- Some of the common starting locations, at least for us riders, are:
- 37th Street West at the single lane bridge over the creek.
- The picnic area at the south end of 24th Steet West, just keep going straight
south and it takes you down to a parking lot right in the park. It is an excelling
starting location as trails go in every direction from it and it is a huge
- The very south end of elbow drive goes to a parking lot right in the park
- Anywhere along the banks just east of Acadia Drive and Canyon Meadows in
the Parkland area. The roads winds along the top of the fish creek valley
and there are lots of great paths in the valley.
- Between 37st and 24st there are some large areas in the spruce with lots
of fallen logs to ride practise trials riding on and over.
- On the south side of the creek right near the midpoint between 37th and
24th, you will find the rock park where a number of pictures on this site
- Further up the south bank, and a little to the east, there are some really
steep, narrow downhill single track and some very technical trails. There
is one straight path, known as the "bobsled" which is a very steep
bobsled shaped downhill run with sides about 2 feet high.
Edworthy Park - Intermediate
- There is a huge parking lot to start at (it is at the bottom of shaganapi
drive and memorial) and if you cross the river on the bridge there is a large
picnic area. There are a lot of riding options here as well. Heading north
right along the river is an easy path and has a number of technical trails
right along the river if it is not too wet. Or if you follow the red pathway
south and just across the railway path you should see a few options. First,
there are some huge steep hills right infront of you if you dare to hike them
and come back down. Or, just beyond (in the northwest corner) the small parking
lot, you can follow a few trails up the slope and along the bank. There are
quite a few ups and downs here but technically, the trail is very easy. You
can also follow the paved trail downstream along the tracks and you will see
more paths into the woods on the right. It is really a walking trail because
there are a number of stairs, bridges and some difficult technical slopes
but if you can manage some stairs and bunny hopping, it is an excellent and
Sunnyside - Intermediate (some
- Sunnyside has some good trails along the north banks of the river valley.
There are a number of steep paths and some more gentle ones along the bottom.
If you want a tough climb, start at the corner of 8th street and 4 Ave, up
the path on the steep hill and then a couple of blocks northeast to the pathway
along the top of crescent heights. A number of paths follow along the bank
that will give your legs a serious workout and you can go right to the 4th
street walk bridge and across to Prince's Island Park. Just across the bridge,
the most difficult trails are along the river bank on the island on the east
side. There are tons of interconnected technical trails here. You can also
ride along alot of the banks of the island on heading upstream from the bridge.
There is also a nice easy red pathway to follow if the river bank just isn't
Memorial Drive - Beginner
- There is a very technical short section between 10th Street and 14th Street
along the north river bank. Its only those few blocks long, but it is extremely
technical because of the rocks and narrow path.
Tuscanny - Intermediate
- A narrow creek runs along a valley right through the middle of Tuscanny
and along it is some awesome single track. It is probably only 2 or 3 kilometers
long but it is well worth it to ride. Some of our video footage online here
was from in this creek valley.
Silver Springs - Intermediate -
- If you drive down into Silver Springs from Crowchild and Sarcee, you can
park along the top of the river valley and there is a couple of small parking
lots as well you might find. There are tons of walking trails along the valley
both upstream and downstream. If you go upstream, there are some very difficult
single track trails along the ridges and it will lead you to a bridge to get
across to an island with more trails on it. The train has a bridge across
this island as well, so it is easy to spot. You can cross the river on this
island and yet another bridge and continue on more trails right upstream to
Sandy Beach - Beginner
- This is at the downstream side from the Glenmore reservoir that you can
drive to by taking 50th Ave east right to the end from Crowchild trail.
There are lots of trails along the bottom near the Elbow river and even more
when you cross the walking bridge to the east side of the river.
The Millenium Skatepark - Beginner
- This is great place to practise freestyle skills that are needed on the
offroad trails. The skate park is located downtown just a block west of the
science center and is open 24 hours, is huge and free. There are tons of rails,
ledges, ramps, pipes and drops to practise on.
Downtown Calgary - Beginner - Expert
- This is an awesome trials playground. Pretty much everywhere downtown their
are great trials obstacles for practising on. Walls, benches, rails, ramps,
platforms, stairs, curbs, fences, garbage cans, tree surrounds and barracles
are the common trials objects downtown and they are everywhere. The best areas
are around Olympic Plaza, 9Ave and along 1st and 2nd Street, as well as Eau
Claire and the other parks in the area.
C.O.P. - Canada Olympic Park - Intermediate
- Its open for mountian biking in the summer and they don't have a problem
with us mountain unicyclists. It costs $9 for a lift pass and it is well worth
it. There are some awesome technical trails and the great stuff is just on
the west side of the service road at the top. There are tons of raised wooden
ramps, platforms, drops and great technical trails. There is also a nice trials
park down near the chair lift on the main hill.
- Not many local trails can beat these and the 7 minute relaxing ride to
the top is very welcome after a hard technical 15 minute downhill.
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