Scoot, roll, or pedal your way through Cochrane’s exciting trail system! Adventuring on two wheels has never been easier, or more fun. Before you hit the trails, you will find Bike Bros in the East End or Big Hill Cycle, located off Fifth Ave, to help you choose your perfect e-bike or pedal option.
You can even zip around town in style with a Bird E- Scooter rental. This electric scooter is an eco-friendly option that allows you to get some fresh air while cruising through your errands or getting out for a joy ride. They now offer e-bikes as well!
Once you’re ready to check out your new favourite pathway, try out some of our favourite local spots for a family bike ride or a solo cruise.
Family-friendly paths to meander
Grab your gear and head over to Riverfront Park to hop on Riverfront Trail to River Ave. A fairly easy ride, the 4.7-km trail runs along the burbling Bow River, surrounded by nature and wildlife including birds like woodpeckers and chickadees. Take a rest stop and snack break at one of the many picnic areas, and with any luck you’ll spot grazing mule deer.
Also starting at Riverfront Park is the Mitford Park Loop, which is a great family bike ride option for older children who can handle a switchback climb—but don’t worry, the views are well worth the work! The lookout provides exceptional views of the mountains, especially at sunset.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by the newest restaurant in Heritage Hills, Aama Nepalese Cuisine to load up on Nepalese delicacies like Momos, Marsala Chicken Wings or slow cooked leg of lamb.
Challenging routes to expand your skills
After a quick caffeine fix and a scone from Cochrane Baking Company, you’ll be ready to work for the views at Stockmen’s Trail at Historic Cochrane Ranche. Beginning at the parking lot of Historic Cochrane Ranche, this out-and-back route is a mix of pavement and gravel that rolls through lush grassland and forested areas. Once you reach the wooden bridge that crosses Big Hill Creek, you can continue on Cochrane Ranche Trail 1, 2, or 3.
Cochrane Ranche Trail 1 is a winding dirt trail that runs along the banks of Big Hill Creek, making for a bumpy ride featuring plenty of rocks and roots. Head north at the trailhead to hop on Ranche Trail 3 for a ride that’s punctuated by thrilling twists, turns, and blind corners.
Conquer the climb to the top of the ridge via Ranche Trail 2 by riding west at the intersection of trails at the bridge. Your heart pumping effort will be rewarded with exquisite views of the town from the Men of Vision Statue—the perfect place to stop and take in the sights. From here, ride all the way to the RancheHouse, or jump back on Ranche Trail 3 for an extended ride.
For longer bike routes, head out to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. You’ll find almost 40 km of pavement and shale, and a section of the Trans Canada Trail. These bike routes are also suitable for your electric scooter, so you can coast along surrounded by heavenly rolling hills.
Relax with a ride around town
You can find these trails on the free Explore Cochrane App. Use the filter on the top right of the App and select “Trails” for the trailhead (chose Map It)and under Details you will find the directions and tips to watch out for along the way! Your next ride is waiting—you just need to choose your wheels! Don’t forget to map your ride with Cochrane Tourism’s route planner.