Biking in Cochrane
Dipping and diving along the quiet, spring-fed creek, the ride along the Cochrane Ranche Trail is just my speed. No gut-busting uphill sections. No death-defying descents. The 5.9 km trail is flowy, fun, and epitomizes what a green (with some shades of “blue”) mountain bike trail should be all about. Indeed, the under-the-radar multi-use trail – just like the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site itself – is a gem that more people need to discover.
Unquestionably, riding the beautiful creek-side trails is just one of the items on the “to do list” during a visit to the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site. Located in the heart of Cochrane, just a ten-minute walk from the historic downtown area, the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site is a beautiful place to relax, explore, and immerse yourself in the western themes and natural beauty of this character-filled town. Their tagline, “A place where culture, nature, and history play,” is definitely an appropriate summation of what this multifaceted park is all about.
60 Kilometers of Trails
With 60 kilometers of trails in town, there are many places to explore on two wheels! You will find yourself crossing bridges, spinning through meadows, descending rocky ridges, curling along creek beds and probably climbing or descending a hill or two! You might even see some groups training or testing out gear on the trails with Cochrane being home to 4iiii’s and Garmin Canada!
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
Andrew Penner – guest journalist