Trail Feature – Nosehill Park Circuit

Nosehill park is a mainstay of trail running in Calgary. The view is very open as you can see in these photos but in one run the terrain can vary significantly.

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I don’t very often get out here since it is not quite close enough to home.

I like it because on a clear day you can see both the snow peaked Rockies and the downtown towers. And you can always find a lonely trail.

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It really is an odd park in that it is this huge expanse of prairie surrounded by the suburbs. It is not even close to the edge of Calgary anymore. In the 70s it was decidedly outside the city but not anymore. This city is exploding.

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On my one run today I ran on so many types of trails but mostly on single track packed dirt. There are some gravel pathways and a paved pathway around the whole thing.

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A trip around the outside of the park is at least 10km long depending on your route. My route today was 12 km with 250m of elevation gain.

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I don’t think there are moose in the park anymore but there are definitely deer and coyotes. Unfortunately I didn’t see any today. The weather was much too nice and the were too many dogs out on and off leashes.

It is a great place to almost forget you are in a city and to get a great trail run in.

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