Gorge Creek Bikepacking Overnighter
In the summer of 2016 I had heard about a road that had been damaged by the 2013 floods and subsequently closed to vehicle traffic but still passable on a bicycle. I decided to go check it out and after finding the road, riding a few kilometres of it, studying Google maps, and checking out other info available, a plan was hatched to use it in an overnight loop.
Gorge Creek Road is a connector road between the southern end of Maclean Creek Road to the Sheep River Road (Hwy 536). It is just over 21kms in length but what makes it special is the middle 10kms is now closed to vehicle traffic and is essentially abandoned. Our plan was to start at the Fisher Creek picnic area in Maclean Creek, ride down to Gorge Creek, stay the night somewhere along the Gorge Creek road, then loop out and back to the cars using the Sheep River Road, RR34A, TR202, RR40, TR202A, RR42, then Hwy 549 back into Maclean Creek.
Day 1: 16km 300m of climbing
Day 2: 63km 800m of climbing
Please enjoy this short photo essay.
|Our motley crew: L to R - Jeff, Ian, Eric, Dylan, Laura, Connor, Sean|
|So steep we were relegated to pushing for a few kilometres. The other side of this was just as steep down.|
|Not a bad place to spend the night with friends.|
|Felt like we were riding in our own private Shire.|
|Perhaps the most enjoyable 10 kilometres ever.|
|The aforementioned washouts that ultimately doomed this road to vehicle traffic.|
|Somewhere southwest of Millarville.|
|My setup. 2016 Raleigh Roker Comp with Ortlieb Bikepacking bags.|