9.3 miles
Distance
189 ft
Climb
-88 ft
Descent
00:56:39
Avg time

Minnewanka Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Major Wanker
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Sept 15 - July 10
  • Global Ranking
    #7373
  • Land Manager

Out and back trail along Minnewanka lake. Usually opens up early in the season for riding. The hardest climb is near the beginning, the rest is up and down along the lake shore. The riding is not super-technical, but it is singletrack with roots and rocks. It's also fun in the winter, where you can ride on the frozen lake [studded tires recommended - make sure it's frozen - ride at your own risk].

Note that Minnewanka is one of the most popular trails in Banff. There can be HUGE crowds of hikers on weekends. Start and finish early on the weekends, or ride on weekdays to avoid the masses. If you are riding the trail, don't stop for a rest on the narrow exposed sections - keep moving until you can find a spot to stop where others can pass you.

Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15. The Parks staff take this seriously.

Access Info

From the Minnewanka parking lot, the trail starts at the northeast end past the picnic tables.

Disclaimer

Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Minnewanka mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    101 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,886 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,003 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,886 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,987 ft
  • Grade
    0.205%
  • Grade max
    -19.031%
  • Grade min
    22.422%
  • Distance climb
    5,142 ft
  • Distance down
    4,195 ft
  • Distance flat
    7.3 miles
  • Avg time
    00:56:39
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on Nov 11, 2016
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (6 votes)

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Minnewanka Trail Reports

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Nov 11, 2016 @ 4:57pm
Nov 11, 2016
2 trees down across trail, easy to get over.
Nov 7, 2016 @ 9:08pm
Nov 7, 2016
Road this on Saturday. Was in excellent shape.
Sep 15, 2016 @ 4:00pm
Sep 15, 2016
Jul 10, 2016 @ 2:15pm
Jul 10, 2016
Seasonal closure to protect Bear habitat. Re-opens in September Additional...
Jul 2, 2016 @ 11:15pm
Jul 2, 2016
In great shape. Lots of fun.
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Nov 12, 2016 @ 2:01pm
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Aug 19, 2016 @ 12:47pm
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Minnewanka, Banff
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May 29, 2016 @ 3:36pm
May 29, 2016
Minnewanka, My City
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Jan 3, 2016 @ 5:51pm
Jan 3, 2016
Minnewanka, Banff

1 Review & Comments

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flag pinkrobe CMBA (Oct 19, 2014 at 14:16)
 Views on this ride are absolutely spectacular, and worth riding it just for that aspect. Now, a warning: this trail is RAMMED with people on the weekends all summer. It is nicknamed "Major Wanker" for a reason - the hordes that hit this trail on the weekend have no clue how to interact with others. Sadly, some of the worst offenders are people on group rides. You'll be happier if you ride it on weekdays or well before/after the tourist season.
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