Groomed trail
Yes
Elevation Gain
380.00 m (1,246.72 ft)
Distance
18.67 km (11.60 mi)
Warming hut
No
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Goat Creek Trail is a popular groomed Nordic route with a backcountry feel. Stretching from Canmore to Banff, the route is mostly a descent that allows for quicker travel than the intimidating distance suggests. Skiers should park at the Goat Creek Trailhead (also the trailhead for Ha-Ling). It's imperative to have a car back in Canmore as there is no public transit up to this point for your return journey. Hitchhiking to the trailhead is also common.

From the trailhead, it's simply a case of following the signs. Grooming is infrequent, so classic-style skis are best. There is rarely enough snow to merit a light touring setup. Skate skiing is definitely possible when fully groomed, but this is not always the case. The trail descends gently, in most spots so gently that one hardly notices. There are a couple very steep descents to bridges across the river that require exhausting herringbone climbs back up, but there are only three of these. The trails pops you out at the Banff Fairmont, and from here it's a fairly quick walk into town. The bus back to Canmore leaves from in front of the high school. Exact change is required, or you are given a receipt that can be swapped for cash at the Canmore city hall. Its a bit of a pain, so be sure to bring spare coinage.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Mostly downhill. Sometimes groomed. Great distance. Stunning views. Quiet.

Cons

Committing; there are no exits. Long distance for beginners.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

5,446.19 ft (1,660.00 m)

Highest point

5,446.19 ft (1,660.00 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Big vistas
Wildlife
Big Game Watching

Trail type

Shuttle

Typically multi-day

No

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

Field Guide

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