Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
The Baldy Pass loop combines graded old roads with a bit of singletrack that climbs up into the basin back of Baldy Mountain. The climb is gentle for the first 6 km, after which point it gets narrow and steep as you approach the final few switchbacks. The views from the basin are amazing on a clear day and give you a chance to catch your breath while you take them in and prepare for the descent.
The steep, technical, and loose singletrack descent down to the valley below is super fun. Expect off-camber tight singletrack with lots of roots and rocks. If you’re not up for the ride down, which starts off with 300 metres of loose scree, then consider turning around and heading back the way you came. Wet weather makes the ride down that much harder and definitely ups the technical rating.
The fun, fast, and super technical descent eventually spits you out on Highway 40 at the valley bottom. A short 5.6 km ride on the road will take you back to the parking lot and trailhead.