I am getting excited about trail running in the mountains this summer. The snow is melting and the trails are drying up. I have all kinds of plans to get in some long epic runs. The Canadian Rockies can be amazing. I found a website describing some mountain running trails in our area (called Kananaskis) and after studying it I realize that I have defnitely not done them all yet, not even close.
With my need for vertical training this summer for Ironlegs 50 miler, I should have a lot of options. I just need to find the time to get out there without making my family feel like they are abandoned. For mountain running options, it is only 40 minutes to Bragg Creek area, 1 hour to Canmore, and 1.5 hours to Banff townsite. Bragg Creek has mostly treed, and well travelled single track in the “foothills”, although there is a lot of vertical to be found. Canmore is surrounded by several large peaks and has a lot of community trails. And Banff, well that is just amazing.
Last summer’s exploration of the trails was pretty amazing. I described the trails we found in Jasper, Kootney, and Banff in this blog post from last fall.
I stumbled across this book “Mountain Running in the Canadian Rockies” by Bob Walker (although I believe he is a runner). I’m going to dive in when it comes to my local library. http://mtnrunning.ca/
One problem is that the “winter gates” don’t open until May 15. So most of the good climbing is inaccessible until then. But right after that… I plan to be out there.
Happy Trails! See you out there.