Burke Creek Ranch
Distance: 12.3 km
Elevation Gain: 291 m
Elevation Loss: 251 m
Surface: 2-Track through grasslands
Category: Rolling with a punchy climb
Burton’s Burke Creek Ranch was established in 1890 raising cattle very much the same way now as they did back then. The road runs through their private land, and Alberta public grazing land. It is a true gem and a special treat for The Range. You need permission to access this land, so no recon ahead of the race please.
You'll descend off 520, and cross Trout Creek over a white single lane bridge. The road will turn into 2 smooth tracks through the grassland. Enjoy.
The tracks are fast as you push on to the west gradually climbing. Trout Creek is crossed for a second time. This natural creek crossing is a highlight of the section. It can be ridden as the creek bed is rounded stones. You’ll exit out of a hay valley on a steep, short road that passes over a ridge. The descent is steep (15%); use caution.