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.
From the Minnewanka parking lot, the trail starts at the northeast end past the picnic tables.
Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15
Local Trail AssociationBow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (www.bvmba.org)
More Stats for Minnewanka mountain bike trail
Altitude change101 ft
Altitude min4,886 ft
Altitude max5,003 ft
Altitude start4,886 ft
Altitude end4,987 ft
Distance climb5,142 ft
Distance down4,195 ft
Distance flat7.3 miles
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Minnewanka Trail Reports
Sep 15, 2016 @ 4:00pmSep 15, 2016
Jul 10, 2016 @ 2:15pmJul 10, 2016
|Seasonal closure to protect Bear habitat. Re-opens in September Additional...|
Jul 2, 2016 @ 11:15pmJul 2, 2016
|In great shape. Lots of fun.|
Jun 26, 2016 @ 4:13pmJun 26, 2016
May 29, 2016 @ 3:33pmMay 29, 2016
|Great trail, as an intermediate rider, I was off my bike on the big hill at the beginning and a couple creek crossings/washouts. Get after it...|