BC Kootenays in August Part 2

We drove to Castlegar with the intention of camping at Gladstone Provincial Park. This being August, the park was full. If you want a first serve site you need to be there at 7:00am to line up. Our second choice was Pass Creek Campground, near our Goose Creek ride, but it too was full. We ended up camping at Castlegar Golf Club and RV park which was actually good! I’d stay here again.

In Castlegar we rode;

Goose Creek.

Our Ride

This area has one trail that is worthy. Again we had the EBike to retrieve so we could maximize riding so we rode this twice! Don’t worry, we made a donation to Castlegar Parks and Trails Society, and you can too! This group maintains all the Castlegar trails.

Access by driving up Pass Creek Rd 11km to Goose Creek rd. Turn left and drive to the parking lot. You can shuttle from here, or do what we did which was E-trieve! The road was washed out past 6km, so we parked at 5km. The trail starts about 7km up the road. There is one fork, stay left. I would not be a bad rode to ride up.

Merry Creek

Our Ride

Accessed from the Merry Creek FSR off Crowsnest Hwy. You can drive up the FSR or take the climbing trail – Merry Go Round and ride the two lower trails, or continue on Mr. Green Jeans to 1470m high point. The Mr. Green Jeans climb is a GREAT example of route finding! From the top there is one trail down – Kaptain Kangaroo. Once back at the FSR, you can continue your descent on the steeper hucky Crazy Mary, or flow down Hail Merry. More trails are coming to this area!

Rialto

Our Ride

Again we took advantage of the E-trieve by stashing the Ebike at the bottom of Rialto FSR and driving 10km up the road. We descended the fun and steep Grandiflorum. The top has its share of babyheads, then it gets better. There are some easy jumps and skinny’s on this trail. This trail ends about 7km from the Rialto FSR resulting in a not bad road ride back to the Rialto FSR.


Castlegar Golf and RV Park

Goose Creek – Rock slabs and flow!


Goose Creek


Goose Creek


Goose Creek

Merry Creek


Well signed trails.


Necessary bridges to navigate the terrain


Mr. Green Jeans sign


Necessary easy bridges to make the route possible.


The high point


The descent!

Rialto


Top bridges


Hucks!


Hucks!

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