Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Highline trail

Canmore's Highline trail is a total gem, and a regular route. It's a short distance from where I live and there are several variations depending on how much time is available.

My preferred running direction is East to West, as I get a nice easy leg stretching warm up on the flats, running from downtown Canmore to the Three Sisters Area a few km east. If you run all the way to the West end and descend down the Riders of Rohan descent, or the newer switchbacks of the West Highline it drops you out by the dam, a couple of km from the Nordic centre. From there, it's an easy cruise downhill to down town. Around 15-20km depending on the finish with close to 500m elevation gain. It's possible to do this one all winter as it's popular and there's usually a well packed down trench the whole way.

Looking up to Ha Ling
At the top of the East end climb
Looking down from one of the middle section gullies
It's well signed, the whole way, so you cannot get lost!

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