Took a few days off with the boys to try out the great trails at Revelstoke, BC - some 3 hours west of Canmore, AB. There are numerous trails right out of the town, but first I wanted to try out Keystone. Located 32 km north of Revy, along a beautiful road, you then drive 18 km up a logging road - some 1000m of elevation gain! By then, the scenery is already spectacular!
The trail climbs steeply for the first km or so, then levels off onto rideable singletrack into the alpine. There is a short descent, and then more climbing around a ridge - finally dropping down to a small lake and cabin. The singletrack is fairly smooth, and sometimes along some cool sidecuts. Overall, a challenging trail with vistas to keep you stopping and looking! The horseflies were somewhat annoying - keep riding!!
Next day we did Frisbee Ridge - about 6 km north of town, and 8 km up another logging road. Ask the local bike shop for a map and directions. Frisbee is a long steady climb for a long ways - once again into amazing alpine terrain. The descent is a blast! and long!!
Great place to visit! And the town is great.