Topp Notch Details
Topp Notch begins with a squirrel catcher [mandatory feature] meant to weed out the less experienced. If you cannot ride this feature, head back down to Star Wars. Once past the entry on Topp Notch, the trail will climb several switchbacks towards the first large feature, the Big Daddy corner. What follows next can only be described as incredible flow along some challenging technical trail features (TTFs). Most TTFs are pretty wide, and very well built. The end of the trail rolls right into Return of the Jedi so you can climb back up.
This trail is named after Doug Topp, former president of the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance and all-around good guy. Buy him a beer.
The access to Topp Notch is found west of the Star Wars trailhead, accessible from Tunnel Mountain Road and located across (south) from Buffalo Mountain Lodge. As you approach the trailhead for Star Wars (30 metres in), continue right (west) and past the entry to Star Wars up the trail. From here, there are markers and arrows pointing you in the direction of Topp Notch.
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More Stats for Topp Notch mountain bike trail
Altitude change-191 ft
Altitude min4,593 ft
Altitude max5,101 ft
Altitude start4,784 ft
Altitude end4,593 ft
Distance climb4,840 ft
Distance down1.1 miles
Distance flat1,728 ft
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Topp Notch Trail Reports
Nov 4, 2016 @ 4:51pmNov 4, 2016
|Tree across path 3/4 down, otherwise good condition|
Sep 28, 2016 @ 1:39pmSep 28, 2016
|Good condition - varies from tacky to dry|
Sep 9, 2016 @ 5:44pmSep 9, 2016
|Quite dry, loose in spots.|
Jul 24, 2016 @ 8:12amJul 24, 2016
|Trail is in great condition|
Jun 27, 2016 @ 3:37pmJun 27, 2016
|In great shape maybe a bit dry in spots but mostly great!. Thanks to all those whom built this trail - What a blast. Just sent my donation!!|
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