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Well, we tried, and failed at bikepacking the full length of Alberta's Iron Horse Trail.
We thought we did enough homework. We knew the trail was not optimized for bikes. We knew it would be slow going in spots. But we persisted with our plans.
What we didn't know it would be impassable in many places. We didn't know the trail was completely ripped up from Bonnyville to Cold Lake. Like ripped up completely by water main construction for 40+ kilometres.
Now you know.
In short, we'd recommend avoiding this trail for bikepacking.