The Golden area is an outdoor advenurer's paradise. While getting ready to ride, four para-gliders landed in a nearby field (launching from same summit you will ride from), and, in town, you cannot help but notice the kayaks and canoes on everyone's vehicles. This town has the same feeling as say, a MOAB would have, some funky cafes, a happening outdoor scene, and, otherwise just a friendly and really clean small town. Sure it also has a truck stop image, but you just have to overlook that and remember that you are at the confluence of the Columbia and the Kicking Horse River. Within easy striking distance of Revelstoke, the Bugaboos, Banff, and Radium Hot Springs, this is a mountain paradise. A bunch of Swiss climbing guides moved to Golden in the 1900's, and the Swiss know a good mountain area when they see one ... so that's worth a few points.
The trail mapped here was at the 5km mark trail on the Mount Seven Forestry Service Road. You can ride past this trail-head to various other trails -- see the list below. You can click the link to Google Earth above and if you have the client installed, it will show you the trail and the mountain in 3D zoom. Or download the waypoints.
Start at the Reflection Lake Parking Lot (just South of town), ride or shuttle up the FSR (marked in red), and, keep an eye out for the 5 km mark. The 5km trail entrance is just a few metres past that. It is marked on the attached map in Green (down) and Red (up the FSR), although you can continue further up to the 10km for a steeper DH ride. There are a few stunts areas along the way, and some great views of the valley below. The luge section at the bottom is really fun.
We've attached the GPS track the 5km trail, it just takes the guess work out of finding the logging road and finding the trail. If you click on "view/download GPS" you'll see a preview of the GPS data that you can download into your unit! The parking area is just South of town on Hwy 95, look for Reflection Lake parking (a bird viewing area as well -- but we only saw hang-gliders).
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Posted By: Eric5
- Sun Nov 27 20:24:37 UTC 2005
UpsideBeautiful, long downhill, with alot of difficult sections, ride-arounds for the less adventurous, and some easier areas too! Tons of fun! DownsideSome of the man-made stunts aren't maintained as well as they could be. CommentIf you're a less experienced rider, don't go right to the top of the mountain, right before the steep hill that takes you on to the very top plateau, there is a flat section where you can park cars, there's a washroom, etc. There are some easier trailheads there. As well as some trail maps. Find the easier rides to begin with, because the harder runs can be unforgiving.
Posted By: sharon
- Fri Aug 30 01:20:03 UTC 2002
UpsideContinuous fast and flowy! DownsideStay away from the steep sections if wet!!!
This soil is very soft and will erode quickly if people ride it when its wet. CommentA great trail! This trail will become an eroded POS if people ride it when it's wet. You can see how its becoming more braided and widening in areas that force people to walk or skid down if its too wet or they shouldn't be there.