It is important to respect other trail users and support the organizations that maintain the trails where ever you ride.

Tips on how to ride safely and responsibly.

Kootenay Rockies


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Get Off the Beaten Track

Golden is a community that lives and welcomes the mountain biking culture. With over 100 km (62 mi) of singletrack cross-country trails on the Mountain Shadows, Moonrakers, and CBT Mainline Network, there is something for everyone from easy-to-ride smooth flowing trails to gnarly downhill. Ride the trail systems independently, or connect all three for an epic ride.

Golden is also blessed with one of the finest and most challenging downhill systems in Canada on Mount 7. This network of trails was host to Psychosis, an annual event that evolved into the steepest, longest, and fastest downhill mountain bike race in the world. Those trails are still available for hard-core downhillers, but make sure you get a ride to the top if you don’t care for the uphill grunt. For more downhill riding head over to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for a gondola ride up and an epic 10-km (6.2-mi) long downhill.

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Golden Inspiration

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Getting Here & Trail Access

Golden is smack dab in the middle of some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world.

Thanks to its location right on Trans-Canada Highway 1, access to Golden from east or west is easy.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Calgary - 265 km (165 mi), 3 hours
  • Kamloops - 360 km (224 mi), 4 hours
  • Spokane - 543 km (337 mi), 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Vancouver - 712 km (442 mi), 7 hours 50 minutes

Golden is approximately a three-hour drive from both the Calgary International Airport (YYC) and the Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook.

Trails in Golden are accessed from five main areas:

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the associations in Golden that help maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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