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Cancelled (showers) Waiparous, intermediate, 78 km, Lyle O

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 51.219894N 114.716588W, Ghost Dam Recreation Area, South Side of 1A just west of Bridge
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Cancelled: Forecast for Waiperous area is showers starting 6 am and risk of thunderstorms starting noon

Coordinator: Lyle Opseth

Difficulty: Intermediate

Distance:  78 km

Elevation:  624 m (a few steeper climbs)

Pace: 22-25 km/h

Parking: Ghost Dam Recreation Area

E-Bikes allowed: Yes

[Cranky]: Where have you been? You didn't lead a ride at the Spring Fling. I would have gone with you but you were put off by those 80 km wind gusts. A tough headwind makes for a great tailwind I always say. And you haven't coordinated anything else yet. My legs are totally atrophied now. 

[Coordinator]: Well, I had hoped to lead a ride in April but the weather and timing didn't work out.  I've been away off and on much of the last several weeks but I had some ideas and the weather didn't cooperate. It's time to get back in the saddle as the ranchers would say.

This is a scenic ride following the Ghost River best ridden on weekdays when the roads are quietest. 

I can't promise any ghost riders on this ride, or even ghosts of any sort. But that's probably for the best. You wouldn't notice them as you enjoy the fantastic scenery and you would probably ride right through them.

From the Ghost Lake parking lot, we head East on 1A for 4.5 km, then north and northwest on Highway 40 (Forestry Trunk Road) through Waiparous. At km 28.7 km, keep right and continue on H 40 to the end of the pavement (3 km more). Then return to the intersection with Richards Road (km 34.6), keep right and cycle Richard Road to the end of the pavement. On the return, we stop on the south side of the Ghost River dam for a lunch break beside the river. We then continue on Richards road, turn right onto H 40 and return on H 40 and 1A back to the parking lot.

There will be no sweep as this is essentially an out and back. We will have a tailgate party in the parking lot at the end of the ride. Some cyclists swim in Ghost Lake after the ride to cool off on hot days.


  • Narrow shoulders on Highway 40.
  • Limited cell service
  • No services (food/water)
  • Narrow shoulders on Highway 1A bridge crossing over Ghost Lake.
  • Steep approaches to the other two bridge crossings. Bridges are single lane and alternating traffic. They also have wooden decks so watch for cracks or missing boards.
  • Steep descent on return to Highway 1A intersection from Highway 40. (Steep climb the other way obviously.)

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