162.3 miles
Distance
19,314 ft
Climb
-19,756 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Is this even possible in a day?

Think you've got what it takes to tackle this monster ride? This is the ultimate link-up of single track in the Bow Valley with minimal double track and road between trail. Be the first to complete this punishing course. Best ridden in the listed direction for maximum flow.

Detailed Description
Bow Valley Extreme is a 162 mile moderately popular extreme route located near Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a extreme overall physical rating. This route includes 106 trails. This route climbs 19,314 ft with a max elevation of 6,180 ft then descends -19,756 ft.
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372 Reviews & Comments

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finblarr (Oct 17, 2022 at 8:20)
This is short and painful, but it's way better than Long Road to Ruin, which is long and painful.
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BLWeHc (Sep 25, 2022 at 7:06)
Trail Topp Notch
So much variety it was a blast. I’ll go back for sure. The difficult sections are mostly climbs but the descents are so fun it’s worth it. Even flatter sections keep you alert to avoid pedal strikes and bar strikes. One note, the “mandatory” feature at the trailhead mentioned in the description has a ride around. That said if you can’t ride it be prepared to push your bike a lot.
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sendsome (Sep 19, 2022 at 0:57)
Trail Topp Notch
Rode it 11th of September, all good Nice trail with some variability.
Full run, top to bottom in one run, on YouTube: youtu.be/iUfo5nOechc
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YukonJeff (Aug 28, 2022 at 19:08)
Sign says going off the trail isn’t allowed due to the wildlife closure, but traveling on the trail is permitted. AlbertaParks.ca states the trail is open.
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YukonJeff (Aug 28, 2022 at 19:08)
Sign says going off the trail isn’t allowed due to the wildlife closure, but traveling on the trail is permitted. AlbertaParks.ca states the trail is open.
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YukonJeff (Aug 28, 2022 at 19:08)
Sign says going off the trail isn’t allowed due to the wildlife closure, but traveling on the trail is permitted. AlbertaParks.ca states the trail is open.
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liamg-alex (Aug 17, 2022 at 14:45)
Hi
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liamg-alex (Aug 17, 2022 at 14:45)
Hi
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liamg-alex (Aug 17, 2022 at 14:45)
Hi
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wbrown1 (Aug 13, 2022 at 15:34)
Trail Topp Notch
Rode today. I bet there was 25 downed trees across the trail. Very very dry conditions as well.
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Tluther (Aug 10, 2022 at 21:23)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Kinda sketch for kids
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happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
Trail Prairie View
This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
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happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
Trail Prairie View
This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
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happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
Trail Prairie View
This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
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happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
Trail Prairie View
This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
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happywarrior (Jul 28, 2022 at 10:28)
Trail Prairie View
This is a hiking trail. The climb is very much a hiking trail, so too is the descent. Just for anyone expecting an actual blue bike trail…

This should be labelled as hiking primary on trailforks
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Thomsd (Jul 13, 2022 at 12:19)
Trail Bankhead
Between Cascade Ponds and Road there’s at least a dozen trees down across the trail, some maintenance required.
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Thomsd (Jul 13, 2022 at 12:19)
Trail Bankhead
Between Cascade Ponds and Road there’s at least a dozen trees down across the trail, some maintenance required.
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Thomsd (Jul 13, 2022 at 12:19)
Trail Bankhead
Between Cascade Ponds and Road there’s at least a dozen trees down across the trail, some maintenance required.
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Thomsd (Jul 13, 2022 at 12:19)
Trail Bankhead
Between Cascade Ponds and Road there’s at least a dozen trees down across the trail, some maintenance required.
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Aargon (Jul 3, 2022 at 15:45)
Trail Star Wars
Well built flow trail. The whole trail rides nicely together with a mix of berms, tables, wooden features. Could session this multiple times and have fun. We rode this trail then climbed back up to do top notch, which is quite different. If you are looking for smooth flowy riding stick to Doing laps on this trail.
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Aargon (Jul 3, 2022 at 15:41)
Trail Topp Notch
Fun old-school trail. Mostly technical climbs more than technical downs. Fun rock garden and bridge sections. Some fun flow sections. More of complete ride than Star Wars, which is a quick berm and jump trail.
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fathomtrials2you (Jun 26, 2022 at 12:54)
Trail Topp Notch
One hell of a trail. Will defiantly be riding again on my next trip to Banff.
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Eenzamefietser (Jun 18, 2022 at 16:39)
Trail Minnewanka
Path is dry with just a few creeks to cross on foot. Apparently the rain keeps the tourist away, great biking today
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Eenzamefietser (Jun 18, 2022 at 16:39)
Trail Minnewanka
Path is dry with just a few creeks to cross on foot. Apparently the rain keeps the tourist away, great biking today
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ryancartiers (Jun 12, 2022 at 11:09)
Trail Lower Stoney
Initial short easy climb, continues along the outskirt of mountain side, exposure on left for much of trail, although appears to be a long narrow corridor with good forward visibility, the mountain side growth can reduce awareness to the mountain side you're running along - you'll notice several gaps in trees where there's nothing beyond trail edge.
Lots of rocks, roots & root steps to navigate, nothing too challenging, most will likely enjoy.
End of trail: stay right for an easier exit, left for steeper.
Exit through fence, make sure to close & secure with chains.
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ertman (Jun 1, 2022 at 17:03)
Trail Topp Notch
This trail is 80% fun blue trail, 19% hard blue trail for the technical climbs, and 1% black for some very tight loose and rocky corners. Loose dusty rocky bits will sneak up on you, so don't get lazy thinking it's all blue!

If you can't easily ride the uphill entry stunt, to you are not going to have a good time!
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marlo (Apr 19, 2022 at 7:40)
Mostly dirt now, a few ice patches. Best to ride early mornings before afternoon thaw.
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marlo (Apr 19, 2022 at 7:40)
Mostly dirt now, a few ice patches. Best to ride early mornings before afternoon thaw.
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marlo (Apr 19, 2022 at 7:40)
Mostly dirt now, a few ice patches. Best to ride early mornings before afternoon thaw.
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98teg (Apr 17, 2022 at 0:36)
It was dry today
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98teg (Apr 17, 2022 at 0:36)
It was dry today
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98teg (Apr 17, 2022 at 0:36)
It was dry today
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Maz686 (Nov 21, 2021 at 17:45)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode trail on 20-Nov in morning. Our group of 4 met another couple that had only made it 4km in then they turned around and were coming back out. They joined us and the group of six trailblazed and set the first fatbike tracks (8 km of which there were no hiker/bike/ski tracks). Hard going but now the next group should have a much easier time until the next snowfall.
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Maz686 (Nov 21, 2021 at 17:45)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode trail on 20-Nov in morning. Our group of 4 met another couple that had only made it 4km in then they turned around and were coming back out. They joined us and the group of six trailblazed and set the first fatbike tracks (8 km of which there were no hiker/bike/ski tracks). Hard going but now the next group should have a much easier time until the next snowfall.
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BradF86 (Nov 5, 2021 at 21:21)
Trail Bow Corridor
A hidden gem Full of surprises. Very technically and physically demanding in many spots. Some hike and bike. Definitely an adventure off the beaten path. I love a good challenge, and I enjoyed this experience.
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BradF86 (Nov 5, 2021 at 21:21)
Trail Bow Corridor
A hidden gem Full of surprises. Very technically and physically demanding in many spots. Some hike and bike. Definitely an adventure off the beaten path. I love a good challenge, and I enjoyed this experience.
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Jkill277 (Oct 26, 2021 at 7:59)
Trail Topp Notch
For how much of a climb it was to get up there I was expecting a downhill trail. I’d call this an XC trail personally. As soon as you think it’s time to drop the seat post and cruise for a bit the trail goes right back uphill again… Not a fun trail if you’re a DH junkie like me who only climbs in order to ride down.
The features are pretty easy, I’d call it a blue and it’s scenic. That’s about it.
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CSharp (Sep 23, 2021 at 12:38)
Trail Minnewanka
I've ridden LM to the ranger's cabin many times and every barometric altimeter reading shows 480-500m elevation gained on the round trip. So, it's around 240m-250m elevation gain from the parking lot to the ranger's cabin. And, it's not purely flat after going down the ridge either. The main thing about riding this trail is that you have to prepare for the way back because that climb back up at 24-26km mark on the way back, your legs might start to cramp up. Anyway, it's also actually 15.5-16km to the cabin (32km round trip). So, if you misjudge this trail and not prepared for the distance back, it can be painful!

And if you're lucky, you'll see a silver red fox trotting along beside the trail. Smile
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CSharp (Sep 23, 2021 at 12:38)
Trail Minnewanka
I've ridden LM to the ranger's cabin many times and every barometric altimeter reading shows 480-500m elevation gained on the round trip. So, it's around 240m-250m elevation gain from the parking lot to the ranger's cabin. And, it's not purely flat after going down the ridge either. The main thing about riding this trail is that you have to prepare for the way back because that climb back up at 24-26km mark on the way back, your legs might start to cramp up. Anyway, it's also actually 15.5-16km to the cabin (32km round trip). So, if you misjudge this trail and not prepared for the distance back, it can be painful!

And if you're lucky, you'll see a silver red fox trotting along beside the trail. Smile
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AchillesRider (Sep 22, 2021 at 9:09)
Trail Topp Notch
Loved this trail. Rode it twice, wet and dry. I would not say it is a black one but the ups and downs require some endurance and a newbie would maybe not have too much fun on the downhill. Anyway there is nothing dangerous. It is a fast track with great curves. Really loved it, great building. Would start with the StarWars downhill and then pedal everything up in one turn. Feels somehow less exhausting than climbing it after the end of the trail. I was on the campground and finished my loop after this track with the trail running down into the canyon, which leads via a smooth uphill (besides one section) back to the campsite!
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BitterOldMan (Sep 19, 2021 at 20:18)
I find the description a little harsh. I ride this trail from Banff as a part of the Rundle Mtn. Loop usually once a year. It is a little bit rooty and rocky (For a National Park Trail) in a few sections but overall it is an easy XC ride. There are techniques for riding over obstacles that will make it less punishing for you and for your bike.
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slowengineer (Sep 18, 2021 at 14:18)
Perfect conditions. One tree down. Lots of loose rock. Only saw 2 bikers coming down while the family hiked it. Not worth doing as a standalone hike.
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Dugit (Sep 13, 2021 at 21:09)
Trail Topp Notch
Ok
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dldewar (Sep 12, 2021 at 17:18)
Trail Highline
If you climb to descend this would not be the trail for you. If you look at your Strava and see how much elevation you have gained this is a trail for you. From west to east the first climb starts easy and becomes pretty brutal. If you do not have good fitness you may have to push some sections. East to west there are two corners I need mote fitness to get. More interesting to the west. Well done trail builder I will be back.
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dldewar (Sep 12, 2021 at 17:18)
Trail Highline
If you climb to descend this would not be the trail for you. If you look at your Strava and see how much elevation you have gained this is a trail for you. From west to east the first climb starts easy and becomes pretty brutal. If you do not have good fitness you may have to push some sections. East to west there are two corners I need mote fitness to get. More interesting to the west. Well done trail builder I will be back.
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dldewar (Sep 12, 2021 at 17:18)
Trail Highline
If you climb to descend this would not be the trail for you. If you look at your Strava and see how much elevation you have gained this is a trail for you. From west to east the first climb starts easy and becomes pretty brutal. If you do not have good fitness you may have to push some sections. East to west there are two corners I need mote fitness to get. More interesting to the west. Well done trail builder I will be back.
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Draftthree (Sep 12, 2021 at 13:39)
Long road to ruin, is literally a long road to ruin. You will be ruined. But you will also be ruined on Georgetown, only that's a much shorter road to ruin. Personally, I think Georgetown is the way to go. Neither way is pleasant
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Draftthree (Sep 12, 2021 at 13:39)
Long road to ruin, is literally a long road to ruin. You will be ruined. But you will also be ruined on Georgetown, only that's a much shorter road to ruin. Personally, I think Georgetown is the way to go. Neither way is pleasant
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patricknoel (Aug 23, 2021 at 13:10)
Trail Topp Notch
Same thing as BrentZombie said previously…
Plus, the wooden and rock features are cool, but the wood gets very very slippery when just a little wet. Asphalt clapboard would be very useful for that. Requires very good climbing skills and good downhill skills.
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duncm (Aug 14, 2021 at 22:08)
Trail Topp Notch
Should be considered a must ride trail. A number of the features are after a switchback, so you ride towards them before turning onto the TTF.

Such a great well conceived approach. Sight lines are great. Incredibly fun trail.
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lindslangs (Aug 9, 2021 at 17:15)
As advertised, many roots and some rocks but very manageable on a full sus bike. A few downed trees (around 5-6) that will require stepping off your bike and carrying over. The climb back to the Nordic center is definitely a bit of a grind, but a manageable gradient. The more difficult part of that climb is the first 100m as a stream has washed out the main trail, likely from 2013 flood damage.

Overall, in decent shape. Definitely an XC style trail but still a nice little pedal if you’ve not done it before.
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BbOsV (Jul 11, 2021 at 10:49)
Trail Minnewanka
Elevation gain is wrong: 340 m climb and descent for us. Thought it would be an easy trail for my 11 year old (Trailforks said 50 m elevation gain). Was wrong. Initial climb is steep and traverses an exposed scree slope that is a bit scary on MTB for less experienced rider. I should have scoped it out beforehand.
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BbOsV (Jul 11, 2021 at 10:49)
Trail Minnewanka
Elevation gain is wrong: 340 m climb and descent for us. Thought it would be an easy trail for my 11 year old (Trailforks said 50 m elevation gain). Was wrong. Initial climb is steep and traverses an exposed scree slope that is a bit scary on MTB for less experienced rider. I should have scoped it out beforehand.
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98teg (Jul 6, 2021 at 18:11)
Riding this as a climbing trail the trail name is very fitting. It's a lungbuster, the downs only lead to more ups. Atleast climbing it is doable there are no roots to hop over. I still would ride it again as a climb trail.
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Hooppitt (Jun 27, 2021 at 18:23)
Trail Upper Stoney
It was great. Challenging in the uphill. I push my bike sometimes. But the downhill section is awesome! Worth the climb for sure. (It is technical uphill and downhill, not for beginners)
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bproch (Jun 11, 2021 at 19:43)
Trail Minnewanka
Only my cadence meter was on as my speedometer battery died. Did today with wife, 2 and 4 year old kid on mac rides. We were only able to go 11km for a total of 22 km and my garmin was saying 383 meters assent. This should be updated on the trail info. Ride was great. Nothing to technical but can't see and begginer or novice rider enjoying this one
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bproch (Jun 11, 2021 at 19:43)
Trail Minnewanka
Only my cadence meter was on as my speedometer battery died. Did today with wife, 2 and 4 year old kid on mac rides. We were only able to go 11km for a total of 22 km and my garmin was saying 383 meters assent. This should be updated on the trail info. Ride was great. Nothing to technical but can't see and begginer or novice rider enjoying this one
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alasdair-snowmax (Jun 9, 2021 at 16:17)
Trail Minnewanka
Elevation Gain is wrong, more like 200-300 across trail
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alasdair-snowmax (Jun 9, 2021 at 16:17)
Trail Minnewanka
Elevation Gain is wrong, more like 200-300 across trail
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Zewbird (Jun 8, 2021 at 15:46)
Trail The Toe
This trail should be done counter clockwise, fast decent narrow track could make for a bad collision
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Ingej9s2k5 (May 29, 2021 at 17:34)
Trail Goat Creek
Some wet spots near Canmore, otherwise
Great, easy ride
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Ingej9s2k5 (May 29, 2021 at 17:34)
Trail Goat Creek
Some wet spots near Canmore, otherwise
Great, easy ride
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saddle (May 11, 2021 at 17:22)
Long Road to Ruin is a great climb out of the valley after you have descended Odessa or Coal Chutes. Ignore anything “Bre-Dude” has posted, as he clearly hasn’t a clue.
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saddle (May 11, 2021 at 17:22)
Long Road to Ruin is a great climb out of the valley after you have descended Odessa or Coal Chutes. Ignore anything “Bre-Dude” has posted, as he clearly hasn’t a clue.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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Aydin (May 1, 2021 at 14:20)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Good ride for everyone . Single track with a few good climbs and a few technical sections to test your skills.
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aaronfish1 (Feb 2, 2021 at 15:41)
Rode this trail on a fat bike in Feb. absolutely awesome. It’s a tough slog at the top, but the descent is smooth and fast.
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evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Prairie View
18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
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evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Prairie View
18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
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evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Prairie View
18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
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evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Prairie View
18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
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evangelineleclair (Jan 18, 2021 at 15:41)
Trail Prairie View
18JAN2021- LOST BONTRAGER BIKE LIGHT on either PVJ OR JEWEL PASS. If found, please let me know!

Oh yes, trail conditions are amazing.
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Bre-don (Oct 26, 2020 at 12:21)
Trail EKG
It's a shit trail. All of these comments of it being great are paid employees of the nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 26, 2020 at 12:21)
Trail EKG
It's a shit trail. All of these comments of it being great are paid employees of the nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 26, 2020 at 12:21)
Trail EKG
It's a shit trail. All of these comments of it being great are paid employees of the nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 26, 2020 at 12:21)
Trail EKG
It's a shit trail. All of these comments of it being great are paid employees of the nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 26, 2020 at 12:21)
Trail EKG
It's a shit trail. All of these comments of it being great are paid employees of the nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 19, 2020 at 15:31)
Trail The Albertan
TOTALLY A GREAT TRAIL
- this comment was paid for by the pretentious dickwads at nordic center.
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Bre-don (Oct 19, 2020 at 15:31)
Trail The Albertan
TOTALLY A GREAT TRAIL
- this comment was paid for by the pretentious dickwads at nordic center.
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cam-rides-bikes (Oct 12, 2020 at 16:16)
Trail Jewell Pass
Really beautiful trail with an awesome descent. Built really well
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Bre-don (Sep 30, 2020 at 0:20)
Trail EKG East
Rideable but where the f*ck is the fun at? I mean SUPER jarring...not a single view. On my third time taking this run I decided I never want to be on it again. Stupid f*cking trail. EKG more north and below the beginning of odyssey may be the only sensible enjoyable part?
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Bre-don (Sep 30, 2020 at 0:11)
Trail Killer Bees
Yet again a perfect example of wtf on this app OR the nordic center is just horrifically designed. Killer bees would be one of the better runs at nordic but here we go again with these c*nts telling you to bike UP a track when it's really obvious you should be going the opposite way. Too bad there's no good way to get to it. For anyone who doesn't understand Nordic center definitions yet...
Cross country (have fun going uphill pussy)
Technical (our trails are the roughest you could imagine)
Full suspension (did we mention we have the worst terrain possible)
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:59)
The fact that this app says you SHOULD enter from the north is just f*cked. It COULD be enjoyable from the south to north but still...who the f*ck designs these trails man there's lots of declining hill and not a single f*cking trail utilizing it in the right direction?
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:50)
Blue coal chutes IS fun. Don't f*cking exit to long road to ruin. Don't listen to anyone saying long road to ruin is both ways...that trail going in THAT direction is f-u-c-k-i-n-g horrid. I'm convinced the only sane way out of this area is georgetown interpretive.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:50)
Blue coal chutes IS fun. Don't f*cking exit to long road to ruin. Don't listen to anyone saying long road to ruin is both ways...that trail going in THAT direction is f-u-c-k-i-n-g horrid. I'm convinced the only sane way out of this area is georgetown interpretive.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:41)
Listen to me.
Long road to ruin should be entered from the south (autistic ferit or w.e the f*ck). The problem is it'll dump you in that f*cking corner where there isn't any fun way out and it's just f*cking pig work to get back. DO NOT ENTER THIS TRAIL FROM BLUE COAL CHUTES. Going north to south on this trail was the worst f*cking idea I've had yet.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Bre-don (Sep 29, 2020 at 23:31)
Trail The Odyssey
The first 500 meters would be great if you weren't going up it. Otherwise, odyssey is one of the better runs.
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:08)
Trail The Odyssey
Fun, flowy, well-built with some great views. Potential to get over-excited and pick up a bit too much speed for the height of some berms, but a few runs should take care of that. Do recommend!
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Aryka (Sep 26, 2020 at 22:03)
Trail EKG East
Rideable for me (intermediate blue, mtb) but no fun. Maybe I just like more flow, but it felt like there was no reward for the unending jarring. I found there to be lots of crossings with other fast trails, so I couldn't get into groove. Lots of roots made for a dicey ride after a passing shower. I eventually gave up and took Meadowview (MV on the map, = greyed out access road) to Odyssey - way more scenic and fun.
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Krawczukj (Sep 25, 2020 at 18:18)
Trail Topp Notch
Just did this with my 17yr old son, him on a Giant Trance XL and me at 44yrs on a Giant Reign XL. Absolutely amazing trail. Thank you builders. The climbing switch backs are tight on these big bikes but with your corner hops it’ll help with the climb. So much fun and a gob of pucker points. Look ahead as your coming out of the switches when going down and you’ll book it.
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GraydonO (Sep 23, 2020 at 21:24)
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GraydonO (Sep 23, 2020 at 21:24)
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Duncan-G (Sep 22, 2020 at 22:29)
Trail Minnewanka
Trail is in awesome condition right now. Wide and clear out to the warden cabin. Tight and overgrown out to the first ghost lake. Blow down and barely rideable sections from the first lake to the end of the trail. Fall is the best time to go if the weather is good. Colors amazing and less people. Saw no one past the cabin today.
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Duncan-G (Sep 22, 2020 at 22:29)
Trail Minnewanka
Trail is in awesome condition right now. Wide and clear out to the warden cabin. Tight and overgrown out to the first ghost lake. Blow down and barely rideable sections from the first lake to the end of the trail. Fall is the best time to go if the weather is good. Colors amazing and less people. Saw no one past the cabin today.
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Bre-don (Sep 11, 2020 at 19:14)
Trail Highline
Hiking? Sure. I almost beat my gf for recommending this trail to bike on. 2kms straight up a f*cking mountain on some really rough terrain. The incredibly short and steep ride down also sucks balls. No features. Rough terrain. Hike this trail. Don't bike this trail.
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Bre-don (Sep 11, 2020 at 19:14)
Trail Highline
Hiking? Sure. I almost beat my gf for recommending this trail to bike on. 2kms straight up a f*cking mountain on some really rough terrain. The incredibly short and steep ride down also sucks balls. No features. Rough terrain. Hike this trail. Don't bike this trail.
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Bre-don (Sep 11, 2020 at 19:14)
Trail Highline
Hiking? Sure. I almost beat my gf for recommending this trail to bike on. 2kms straight up a f*cking mountain on some really rough terrain. The incredibly short and steep ride down also sucks balls. No features. Rough terrain. Hike this trail. Don't bike this trail.
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jsdub1 (Aug 29, 2020 at 9:04)
Trail Highline
Grind to reward ratio is very very high. Couple of fun tech features. No desire to ride it again
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jsdub1 (Aug 29, 2020 at 9:04)
Trail Highline
Grind to reward ratio is very very high. Couple of fun tech features. No desire to ride it again
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jsdub1 (Aug 29, 2020 at 9:04)
Trail Highline
Grind to reward ratio is very very high. Couple of fun tech features. No desire to ride it again
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jsdub1 (Aug 29, 2020 at 9:02)
You will be disappointed if you think it will be fun like prospector or razors. I won't ride this again. Big meh!
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Mysterious1818 (Aug 28, 2020 at 10:46)
Trail Star Wars
The features were built well and are so much fun! I immediately went for a 2nd round to catch some of the ramps I missed the first go around. Some of the features can look intimidating for less experienced bikers like myself, but you should absolutely give them a go cause they're doable.
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Dash8driver (Aug 26, 2020 at 18:44)
Trail rated far too hard.. Trail is a green to dark blue at the worst. - great intro to mountain biking alpine trail for the new or novice to intermediate rider.
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cowanjt (Aug 23, 2020 at 18:32)
Trail Star Wars
Beautiful mini park feature trail with smooth sweeping berms that aren’t beaten to a pulp like most other trails this year. Ride this in combination with Topp Notch and you’ll experience everything enduro/XC riding has to offer on 2 short fun laps
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cowanjt (Aug 23, 2020 at 18:29)
Trail Topp Notch
Coming from an Enduro/DH background this feels like what I’d imagine from an Olympic XC race course. Amazing technical trail, requires 50% cardio 50% bike skill. Great opportunity to work on a wide range of bike handling
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Scurl (Aug 19, 2020 at 21:25)
The top is tough, but definitely rideable.
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Scurl (Aug 19, 2020 at 21:25)
The top is tough, but definitely rideable.
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Scurl (Aug 19, 2020 at 21:25)
The top is tough, but definitely rideable.
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jason648 (Aug 14, 2020 at 12:27)
Trail The Toe
Did this counter clockwise which seemed the best way. 6 yr old 10 yr intermediate riders ish and they did well only trouble area was some of the steep climbs and one down section
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Lunar (Aug 13, 2020 at 17:19)
Awesome balance of up and down with views of river and mountains. Not busy at all and dogs loved the run with water breaks. We didn’t do the full loop but went from Banff Springs to the end and turned back at the loop. I’m not sure if the loop ends at Banff springs.
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Lunar (Aug 13, 2020 at 17:19)
Awesome balance of up and down with views of river and mountains. Not busy at all and dogs loved the run with water breaks. We didn’t do the full loop but went from Banff Springs to the end and turned back at the loop. I’m not sure if the loop ends at Banff springs.
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Lunar (Aug 13, 2020 at 17:19)
Awesome balance of up and down with views of river and mountains. Not busy at all and dogs loved the run with water breaks. We didn’t do the full loop but went from Banff Springs to the end and turned back at the loop. I’m not sure if the loop ends at Banff springs.
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Lunar (Aug 13, 2020 at 17:19)
Awesome balance of up and down with views of river and mountains. Not busy at all and dogs loved the run with water breaks. We didn’t do the full loop but went from Banff Springs to the end and turned back at the loop. I’m not sure if the loop ends at Banff springs.
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Boss4291969 (Aug 2, 2020 at 13:13)
Trail Topp Notch
I rode this trail yesterday, the most challenging part is the rocky climb after the first decent. As most have pointed out, it is a blue trail with maybe one or two black features.

Or XC Black Or DH green...
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nico12666 (Jul 31, 2020 at 23:28)
Love that trail. Yes its bumpy and full suspention is a must. If you’re looking for a flowy trail that’s not your trail. But if you’re looking for an adventure along Rundle and the bow river, I highly recommend. Good cardio!
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kilo11 (Jul 26, 2020 at 14:06)
It was about as perfect as it’s going to get this morning. Still steep, rocky and scary af, but perfect.
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TheRex (Jul 20, 2020 at 10:42)
You read the description, you assume that it's a slight exaggeration, you ride your hardtail on it, you acknowledge that the description was accurate, and you may never sit again. The trail should be called Prison Sex...
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Rebecca1712 (Jul 19, 2020 at 19:34)
Trail Topp Notch
Amazing trail, more like a dark blue tho. Very fun and well built
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Mongao (Jul 18, 2020 at 17:09)
Actually, the first 7Km or 8Km are physically easy, not even moderate.....but the final 2 or 3 Kms are basically "walk-a-bike", too steep, narrow, loose and dangerous to be ridden up, it is not possible to pedal up and still reach a minimum speed to keep the balance on two wheels.
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Mongao (Jul 18, 2020 at 17:09)
Actually, the first 7Km or 8Km are physically easy, not even moderate.....but the final 2 or 3 Kms are basically "walk-a-bike", too steep, narrow, loose and dangerous to be ridden up, it is not possible to pedal up and still reach a minimum speed to keep the balance on two wheels.
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Mongao (Jul 18, 2020 at 17:09)
Actually, the first 7Km or 8Km are physically easy, not even moderate.....but the final 2 or 3 Kms are basically "walk-a-bike", too steep, narrow, loose and dangerous to be ridden up, it is not possible to pedal up and still reach a minimum speed to keep the balance on two wheels.
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ryancartiers (Jul 15, 2020 at 22:50)
The end/start of the trail near canmore has a picnic table to stop and drink you ale. The mosquitoes are also there waiting drink your blood, at least that's how they greeted us last night.
On the Banff end elk littered the golf course on either side.
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ryancartiers (Jul 15, 2020 at 22:38)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode yesterday, it's a dirt road, not a trail. Can easily ride w one hand while holding a beer in the other from from Banff parking lot till empty. Road was dry, a few wood bridged river crossings, then you get to this trail. Towards end of this is a great view I posted. Worth saving a pint to pause there with.
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ryancartiers (Jul 15, 2020 at 22:38)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode yesterday, it's a dirt road, not a trail. Can easily ride w one hand while holding a beer in the other from from Banff parking lot till empty. Road was dry, a few wood bridged river crossings, then you get to this trail. Towards end of this is a great view I posted. Worth saving a pint to pause there with.
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LeBlanc78 (Jul 15, 2020 at 17:58)
Trail G8
Rode today....great run. Easy end still intact. Greymont did not destroy it.
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riddell30 (Jul 10, 2020 at 13:07)
Trail Star Wars
Fun loop. It should be counter clockwise only for fun and safety. Clockwise Bikers were getting annoyed by down hill riders flying down but it's silly to ride up a trail where all the jumps are pointing at you, non?
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Andykmn (Jul 7, 2020 at 20:33)
Trail Topp Notch
Ahhh. I forgot to kiss my brakes tonight to see if it is a blue or black! Probably can't do that anyway with covid. I'm sure resin pads have it impregnated in them.

Fun trail, someplace between a blue and a black. I've ridden harder blues and easier blacks. So mash the words together. Either it's a Bl-ue or a bl-ack. Huh, that isn't helpful.

Unbelievable the amount of work put into this trail. Whatever color it is, bravo!
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Mongao (Jul 5, 2020 at 23:26)
I completely DISAGREE with the description ! Rode it today from Canmore, I just loved the roots, makes it technically challenging ! Physical rating is very easy and, after the initial rooty section, it's definitely a green trail !
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wilco83 (Jul 4, 2020 at 22:48)
Trail Minnewanka
Comments on top do not reflect my experience in July 2020. We left the trail head at 10 am. First few K has a fair amount of hikers but after that it is just bikers. After second bridge we saw hardly any bikers either. That said it is mostly single track so whatever you will result in a tight squeeze. Lot of breast activity. More scar on way out than way in; trail closers down for bikers for to beat activity after July 10.
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wilco83 (Jul 4, 2020 at 22:48)
Trail Minnewanka
Comments on top do not reflect my experience in July 2020. We left the trail head at 10 am. First few K has a fair amount of hikers but after that it is just bikers. After second bridge we saw hardly any bikers either. That said it is mostly single track so whatever you will result in a tight squeeze. Lot of breast activity. More scar on way out than way in; trail closers down for bikers for to beat activity after July 10.
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Backpocket (Jul 2, 2020 at 11:31)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode this trail from Canmore to Banff — super easy double track that is mostly downhill, allowing you to pick up some pretty good speed!
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Backpocket (Jul 2, 2020 at 11:31)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode this trail from Canmore to Banff — super easy double track that is mostly downhill, allowing you to pick up some pretty good speed!
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Danny-sherbank (Jun 26, 2020 at 22:44)
two or three black diamond sections the rest is fast and flowy
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chrisjjansen (Jun 22, 2020 at 9:23)
Trail Minnewanka
Rode on June 20 2020. Dry, 2 small creek crossings, amazing single track trail. Get out before 9:30 to avoid the crowds. Past 5 km we say no one. On the way back around 11:30am, with 5 km left we had huge crowds and it was slower going. Great trail, all types of terrain, no significant climbs. Bring bear spray.
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chrisjjansen (Jun 22, 2020 at 9:23)
Trail Minnewanka
Rode on June 20 2020. Dry, 2 small creek crossings, amazing single track trail. Get out before 9:30 to avoid the crowds. Past 5 km we say no one. On the way back around 11:30am, with 5 km left we had huge crowds and it was slower going. Great trail, all types of terrain, no significant climbs. Bring bear spray.
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Wedelmaster (Jun 21, 2020 at 14:34)
Trail Lebensrun
Be alert that this is a well-used (up) trail for equestrian, make noise and keep aware when descending.
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Cannonballer (Jun 20, 2020 at 18:46)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode the trail today from canmore to banff and returned to canmore on legacy. Mostly dry. This trail is fairly easy with loose rock on some of the descents which might intimidate inexperienced riders.
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Cannonballer (Jun 20, 2020 at 18:46)
Trail Goat Creek
Rode the trail today from canmore to banff and returned to canmore on legacy. Mostly dry. This trail is fairly easy with loose rock on some of the descents which might intimidate inexperienced riders.
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big3dx (Jun 17, 2020 at 19:22)
Trail Razors Edge
Rode this last in 2017. Don’t be mislead; it’s fun as hell. You need to be ready to climb. A lot. You need to be an advanced rider. It’s double black for a reason. And when you’re done, you feel like you really rode something. Something unique. Once in a lifetime. Special. If you can ride this, you can ride anything in the Rockies.
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Scrambled-legs (Jun 17, 2020 at 18:19)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Tacky loan but needs more cuts than Trudeau’s hair with two log piles from another wind event.
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Scrambled-legs (Jun 17, 2020 at 18:19)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Tacky loan but needs more cuts than Trudeau’s hair with two log piles from another wind event.
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Scrambled-legs (Jun 17, 2020 at 18:19)
Trail Guy Lafleur
Tacky loan but need