McCthulhu Route 5: Ranche/Retreat/Big Hill/BH Springs/Horse Creek/Bow




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1219 ft

Begins in:
Cochrane, AB, Canada
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(Use Google hybrid satellite/map view as the image details from the satellite view mesh better than the lines on the map view) <br> <br> If hills are your thing, this is the route for you. Starting with a climb from river level, you climb the Big Hill via the Retreat Road. Winding the back roads, Glendale to Lochend to the 567, there are a lot of rolling hills until you reach Big Hill Springs Trail. Go to the Big Hill Springs Park and there is a dirt trail with a very steep climb on the left/south side on the trails starting from the parking lot, to the top of the ridge, to the back of the park and back down to the parking lot through the valley. I&#039;ve done the loop 2 or 3 times just to increase the workout. When you finish at Big Hill Springs, get back to the 567 and turn left/West. Another climb! There is a long flat stretch past the 22 and a slight bit of rolling hills to Horse Creek Road. Horse Creek will bring you back to Cochrane where you can pass Quigley and get to the bike pathway that runs along the Bow River. Tips for this one: Bring plenty of water, sandwiches/food and a spare tube!
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Rating Start/End Points Length Start/End Elevation Avg Grade
Cat 4 0.06 mi/4.86 mi 4.80 mi 3,733 ft/4,308 ft 2.3%
Cat 5 15.95 mi/17.20 mi 1.25 mi 3,925 ft/4,111 ft 2.8%
Cat 5 18.44 mi/20.44 mi 1.99 mi 3,914 ft/4,247 ft 3.2%

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