For those of you in the Edmonton area looking for a nice day long bike ride in the area, consider Pigeon Lake.
I had been looking for a day long bike ride in the edmonton area with the following criteria.
- Low traffic
- Something with a bit of scenery
- Within an hour drive of Edmonton
What I came up with is a ride around the perimeter of the Pigeon Lake. It seemed to fit all my criteria, not too far from Edmonton, mostly quiet cottage roads, and a reasonably nice lake to look out onto.
I was not disappointed. Considering the options in the area, this is a great ride and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good day long mini-adventure of sorts. An even better idea would be to camp at either Pigeon Lake provincial campground, or next door at Zeiner provincial park.
The route I took requires riding of a mixture of dirt road and paved road, with even a bit of double track mixed in for good measure. I only need to go on the highway for one short stretch, however it was all downhill with reasonable shoulders. This was just before Zeiner park. A nice feature of this route is that all the quiet cottage roads are connected via multi-use paths. The one part that may be difficult is getting onto the Pigeon Lake Provincial Campground multi-use trails. I had to ride though a christian bible camp of some sort in order to get into the park. I’m unsure if there is a better way to do this. My direction of travel was clockwise.
I’ve posted a map of my route below and you can download my gpx track here. Total distance is around 55km with only about 260m of minor uphill ascent.
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