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    MacLean Mountain Riding

    I'm sure this has been asked before but is there any off trail mountain style sledding to be had in or near Maclean? I have a snowbike and am thinking I can likely find my way up to some incredible areas but just have never tried yet. Whereabouts do the parks begin (no ride zone)? Any maps would be appreciated. Looks like one should be able to access some nice alpine areas from Maclean if you go far enough. Thoughts?



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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Just looking at some maps, it seems one could find decent elevation within the Elbow-Sheep Wildland area and without getting too close to the Peter Lougheed park. Thoughts? Can one ride on Moose Mtn or do you have to keep to the Maclean boundaries?

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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    I haven't ridden Maclean in the winter, but the Calgary Snowmobile club has started a grooming program at Cataract Creek, about an hour South of Maclean.

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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by camarogreg View Post
    I haven't ridden Maclean in the winter, but the Calgary Snowmobile club has started a grooming program at Cataract Creek, about an hour South of Maclean.
    I have ridden out there and over the pass into the BC side and it was really good. But man, what a stupid long trail ride! If I could find a better way over the pass I'd be all over that but it's pretty white knuckle rising over those rocks on a snowbike! 8-|

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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Lol, yeah a lot of references of the Fording trail similar to the moon. The Sheep area won't be open unfortunately either. Unless things have changed, trails at Maclean are snowmobile only after Jan 1, but I think that is often not the case. Cataract or Crowsnest are the closest options for those of us South of Calgary.

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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Mclean is technically closed to motorbikes after Dec 1. Not sure what a CO would think of your snow bike. That being said, Mclean isn't worth riding unless there has been alot of snow and no chinooks. There are some fun cutblocks, but they need alot of snow to fill in.

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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyhigh View Post
    Mclean is technically closed to motorbikes after Dec 1. Not sure what a CO would think of your snow bike. That being said, Mclean isn't worth riding unless there has been alot of snow and no chinooks. There are some fun cutblocks, but they need alot of snow to fill in.
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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by thejean View Post
    Can one ride on Moose Mtn or do you have to keep to the Maclean boundaries?
    Quote Originally Posted by camarogreg View Post
    I haven't ridden Maclean in the winter, but the Calgary Snowmobile club has started a grooming program at Cataract Creek, about an hour South of Maclean.
    Quote Originally Posted by thejean View Post
    I have ridden out there and over the pass into the BC side and it was really good. But man, what a stupid long trail ride! If I could find a better way over the pass I'd be all over that but it's pretty white knuckle rising over those rocks on a snowbike! 8-|
    I'm pretty sure Moose Mountain is off limits to anything motorized. Snowbikes are not allowed at Cataract Creek as they are classed as motorcycles. There was a discussion on these forums regarding this under the Cataract Creek thread. Follow the rules guys even if you don't like them.
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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by JZ1 View Post
    No bikes law must not be a enforced because the area is overrun with bikes and quads 365 days a year
    Quads are allowed because I believe the rule is no wheeled vehicles over 1000 lbs in the winter.
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    Re: MacLean Mountain Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by retiredpop View Post
    Quads are allowed because I believe the rule is no wheeled vehicles over 1000 lbs in the winter.
    So, do they have a scale out there for enforcement? Cause my quad is right around 1000lbs. With me on it, it's certainly over. How can they enforce a ridiculous rule like that?

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