The Wycliffe Park Road parking lot is a great destination for a quick 10 km round trip out of Cranbrook. The ride features some great views on the least hilly part of the trail. There are washroom facilities at Wycliffe Park Road parking lot and a few picnic tables too. Start from the Cranbrook Trail Head and go north.
Wycliffe Prairie, a long flat stretch just south of Kimberley with amazing views of the Rocky Mountains, is a great roughly 22 km round trip from the trailhead in Kimberley. You can shorten this trip and eliminate the “big climb” just north of Marysville by starting at the Hwy#95A Junction in Marysville.
The bridge is roughly the halfway point between the cities and is the “low point” of the trail. Many people will ride out and back from either city and get a great ride with beautiful views and a mixture of up and down hill riding.Beginning a ride from Wycliffe Park Road just north of the bridge will start your ride with an up-hill regardless which direction you go but will end in a great down hill when you return to your vehicle.
The Whole Way
Of course you can always ride the whole trail! Regardless of which way you go great views, fun hills and happy fellow trails users will mark your way. A short trip from the end of the trail (check out the maps for connector routes) will lead you to either the city of Cranbrook (south) or Kimberley (north). Reward yourself or break up a return trip with a stop for coffee, a quick bite to re-fuel or afternoon drink on a patio to toast your accomplishment!
Start your ride from the parking spot where Jim Ogilvie Way and the trail cross just south of Chapman Camp. There are a few picnic tables and “coasting “ down to Marysville is a very pleasant ride. To avoid the up hill return trip an adult can shuttle a vehicle. While you are waiting for them to return take the connecter south into Marysville where, with a bit of looking, you will find a gas station (with ICE CREAM) and a small park near by.
Start at the Cranbrook trail-head and go north along the trail away from the city. A short relatively flat ride will soon have you out of town loosely following the highway and you will start to see some great views of the mountains. If those legs have energy when you return to the trail-head the “roller coaster” 1 km long McPhee Rd. connecter to the south of the parking lot is not to be missed!
Parking Wycliffe Park Road north of the bridge gives kids the opportunity to bike across the re-claimed rail bridge. A short ride either direction up one of the hills allows you to coast back down to your car.