Bombing Alpine Single-Track At Kicking Horse Mountain

Kicking Horse Golden BC
Downhill Mountain Biking Gear
Golden, BC, Canada

Kicking Horse Mountain in Golden is a wonderful stop for outdoor adventures like mountain biking if you’re traveling through national parks in the Canadian Rockies.

Surrounded by six different national parks (Banff, Glacier, Kootenay, Jasper, Mt. Revelstoke and Yoho), Golden is the perfect base for an adventure in the majestic Canadian Rockies.

That’s what I learned after spending a few days hiking, rafting, and mountain biking there.

While most visitors stay in Banff, the town of Golden is less touristy, less expensive, and frankly in a better location. Plus if you’re an adventure junkie like me, it’s got all the outdoor activities you could ask for.

Like extreme downhill mountain biking at Kicking Horse Resort.

Mountain Biking Golden BC
Maneuvering Down the Trails at Kicking Horse

Kicking Horse Resort

My first order of business was to suit up into full-body armor and pick up a rugged, race-tuned, full-suspension Scott Gambler downhill bike at the base of the mountain. A serious off-road machine for some seriously tough terrain.

Once prepared for battle, I hopped on the gondola for a scenic ride to the top of the mountain.

On the journey I passed over Boo the Grizzly Bear and his 20 acre habitat. Boo was adopted by the resort as a cub when his mother was shot by hunters, and if you look carefully, you’ll see him eating berries or snoozing down below.

At the top, the Rocky Mountain and Columbia River Wetland views from 7,700 feet are stunning!

Wooden Platforms Mountain Biking
Raised Wooden Platforms in the Forest

Downhill Mountain Biking

With 29 different downhill trails ranging from beginner to expert, everyone can have fun mountain biking on Kicking Horse mountain.

Trails start above the tree-line. Barren & rocky alpine trails snake through giant boulders, steep banked turns, and over wooden structures. Flying down on two wheels attempting to balance speed with control — muscles burning in your forearms as you absorb the rough terrain underneath.

Further down the trees begin to appear. The descent continues with fast single-track trails and narrow curved bridges. Zigzagging through trees at high-speed on a mountain bike always sends a flood of adrenaline through my veins!

Mountain Bike Trails Kicking Horse
Kicking Up Dirt on Alpine Meadows

Canadian Rockies Adventure

The mountain biking around Golden is so good that large bike events are often hosted here, like the Singletrack 6 being held on July 29th & 30th in 2014.

If you’ve never tried downhill mountain biking, it really isn’t as intimidating as it looks. However there are plenty of other summer adventures to experience in the area too, like hiking, wildlife spotting, canoeing, whitewater rafting, paragliding, and more.

With an perfect combination of beautiful landscapes, small-town hospitality, and more adventure activities than you can shake a stick at, Golden is a must-see if you happen to be road tripping through the Canadian Rockies.

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Location: Golden, BC, Canada
Company: Kicking Horse Resort
Cost: $149 (full day gear rental & lift ticket)

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  1. That looks insane. Although I have recently cycled down death road in Blivia, these bridges you cycled over would terrify me as they are so narrow. I’d probably loose my balance and cycle straight off them.

      • It was great. A bit scary at times because there are no safety rails and some drops are 300m deep. It was really foggy and rainy when I did it, which added to the drama, but at least I couldn`t see just how deep those drops were. :-)

  2. This looks absolutely terrifying! Thanks for giving us a way to vicariously downhill mountain bike, because after seeing this I’m pretty sure it’s the ONLY way I’ll ever do it!