Biking the Highwood Pass Road

Road closed but not for bikes

Road closed but not for bikes

Monday June 8th 2015

On a very warm June day we headed up Hwy 40 to the turn off to Peter Lougheed Park at the King Creek turn out. The road ahead to Longview is closed for the winter and is not opened due to wildlife concerns until June 15th. This gives bikers the opportunity to ride the highest paved road in Canada .We checked with  parks info at Barrier Lake and they have no problem with this happening. Just to watch out for wild life as they are still not used to seeing people. We did in fact see a grizzly bear cross the road and as we cycled by he was only interested in the vegetation on the road side. Unfortunately I did not get a good photo shot as he became hidden behind an earth embankment. He did take a look at us and acknowledge we were there.When we reached the pass after climbing 510 m it was just a small downhill ride to the summit pullout where we eat our lunch. 2 hours to the pass  and a 45 min ride down back to the gate.

Greg grinding up the long hill

Greg grinding up the long hill

 

 

Bears crossing road in this area

Bears crossing road in this area

Great views and a little down hill slope

Great views and a little down hill slope

Kerry don't run them over

Kerry don’t run them over

 

At the top of the Pass

At the top of the Pass

 

Distance return 35.5 km Time return 4 hrs ( inc 30 min lunch ) Elevation Accumulated gain 610 m Elevation to Summit 510m Summit height 2213 m

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