162.3 miles
19,314 ft
-19,756 ft
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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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Double Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
More Stats for Bow Valley Extreme mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    27 hr 37 min
  • Altitude min
    4,247 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,743 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,304 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    74 miles
  • Distance down
    66 miles
  • Distance flat
    22 miles
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
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  • Nordic Ski
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Star Wars
Nov 22, 2023 @ 6:34pm
Nov 22, 2023
Four trees down after recent high winds. Otherwise a few patches of snow but no ice - rideable with non-studded tires.
Horseshoe Middle
Nov 22, 2023 @ 11:51am
Nov 22, 2023
10” tree too large to drag and too heavy to cut with a Silky. Needs a chain saw - I’ll head back later on e-bike or fat bike (snow dictating which) if CAMBA or someone else doesn’t hit it.
Horseshoe Upper
Nov 11, 2023 @ 12:35am
Nov 11, 2023
Nov 11, 2023 @ 12:35am
Nov 11, 2023
Nov 11, 2023 @ 12:35am
Nov 11, 2023
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