For those seeking an adrenalin rush, Grande Cache offers some of the best backcountry biking anywhere. Technical single and dual tracks and heart-thumping down hills characterize the riding. A trail network around the community offers easy access to riders looking for a challenge.
Note: Remember this is wildlife country, so make sure you travel with at least a bell on your bike and keep your eyes open!
Sulphur Rim Trail
This is a 9 km loop on the outskirts of town. The trailhead is located at the south end of Hoppe Avenue, near the Correctional Institute. Part of this trail parallels the spectacular Sulphur River Canyon, so you get to enjoy great views.
This is an approximately 12 km loop of the town site. This is the closest and most convenient ride. You can access from different back lanes around town, but the most popular is the same starting point as the Sulphur Rim Trail.
Old Mine Road
Elevation difference: 245 m. This is a one-way 16 km route. Access is from the Grande Cache landfill, north of town. Turn right at the ‘Y’ junction just before entering the landfill. You have three choices for the return trip; retrace your way, ride back on Highway 40 or have a vehicle at the far end, which is the Smoky River bridge at the mine site. On this trail you can enjoy the Smoky River valley and Mt Hamell.
Town to Sulphur Gates
Elevation difference: 275 m. This is approximately 25 km round-trip. Access is from the south end of Hoppe Avenue, near the Correctional Institute. Turn right onto the Treatment Plant road and ride to the end of it (approximately 1 km) Take the trail on the south side and head up for 1.5 km until you come to a multi-trail intersection. Take the trail on your left and head downhill until you reach the river’s edge by Sulphur Gates.
Grande Mountain Loop
Elevation difference: 955 m. This is 20 km round-trip. Access to this trail is 6 km south of town on the left side of Highway 40. After turning off the highway, stay to the right on the radio tower access road and follow it to the top of Grande mountain. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts, with stunning views of the town and Willmore Wilderness Park.
Elevation difference: 1185 m. This is 25 km round-trip. Access to this trail is from the Beaverdam road. Take the designated route up Mt Hamel. The highlight is the view from the top, looking down into the east side of Mt Hamell (a sheer drop of over 240 m) and to the south into Willmore Wilderness Park.