30.5 miles
Distance
2,589 ft
Climb
-3,908 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Head South past the Canmore Nordic Centre and follow the gravel road to the Buller trailhead. Ride north to connect to High Rockies trail and follow it towards Goat Creek. Then take Goat Creek trail to Banff and shuttle back to pick up your first vehicle.

Detailed Description
Buller to Banff is a 30 mile moderately popular easy route located near Chester-Sawmill Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,589 ft with a max elevation of 5,992 ft then descends -3,908 ft.

39 Reviews & Comments

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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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toizzz (Aug 29, 2021 at 8:50)
The lower section of trail doesnt break the trees except two small views. The higher sections may offer better views.
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toizzz (Aug 29, 2021 at 8:50)
The lower section of trail doesnt break the trees except two small views. The higher sections may offer better views.
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toizzz (Aug 29, 2021 at 8:41)
This is not a green trail. Its blue. We rode from the lower end out to the 8.3km mark and back. The bottom first 1k is all shattered rock and not much fun. Then it turns into awesome forrest single track. Not bush style single track. As in no undergrowth that wants to constantly obscure the trail and wack your legs etc. There are many man made and natural jumps spread along the trail. Even a few nice berms. The trail will let you rip a little down hill section and then you have to sit and spin again for awhile. The climbing will knock you back into your biggest easy gear. But you have 16km one way so you should conserve your energy. The views are the real letdown. Imo they remind me more of ridding past a big gravel pit. Dont come here for the view is all. The climbs are steep enough that a novice rider with a heavy bike or not enough gears will do a lot of pushing. Which is why its not a green trail. Imo you would need to be an well conditioned rider to ride this trail out and back without the dreaded bonk. We did out and back half way. 16km total. It was a good ride. But i kind of dread the idea of the full out and back.
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toizzz (Aug 29, 2021 at 8:41)
This is not a green trail. Its blue. We rode from the lower end out to the 8.3km mark and back. The bottom first 1k is all shattered rock and not much fun. Then it turns into awesome forrest single track. Not bush style single track. As in no undergrowth that wants to constantly obscure the trail and wack your legs etc. There are many man made and natural jumps spread along the trail. Even a few nice berms. The trail will let you rip a little down hill section and then you have to sit and spin again for awhile. The climbing will knock you back into your biggest easy gear. But you have 16km one way so you should conserve your energy. The views are the real letdown. Imo they remind me more of ridding past a big gravel pit. Dont come here for the view is all. The climbs are steep enough that a novice rider with a heavy bike or not enough gears will do a lot of pushing. Which is why its not a green trail. Imo you would need to be an well conditioned rider to ride this trail out and back without the dreaded bonk. We did out and back half way. 16km total. It was a good ride. But i kind of dread the idea of the full out and back.
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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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Tjaspera (Sep 5, 2020 at 18:16)
Trail is in great condition!
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Tjaspera (Sep 5, 2020 at 18:16)
Trail is in great condition!
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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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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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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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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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brentg198 (Sep 3, 2019 at 22:50)
Trail Goat Creek
Would this trail be fun on gravel/hybrid bike. Hydraulic disc brakes and 700 x 38 mm tires. I want to loop groat creek trail and legacy trail back to Canmore. Any suggestions?
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Dsenych (Sep 3, 2019 at 18:10)
Trail Goat Creek
Just did the run from Canmore to Banff on this trail today and it was pretty dry and in good shape.
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bproch (Jun 24, 2019 at 22:01)
Rode yesterday. MINT CONDITION. Trail flowy and fun. Nothing technical doubletrack. People posting it's difficult I dont understand? Make sure you read the accent and decent numbers.
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bproch (Jun 24, 2019 at 22:01)
Rode yesterday. MINT CONDITION. Trail flowy and fun. Nothing technical doubletrack. People posting it's difficult I dont understand? Make sure you read the accent and decent numbers.
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Kingofthepeaks (Jun 2, 2019 at 18:32)
Not sure why this trail on gets a 35 in popularity, and according to the app, it's rated as easy.
This trail is seriously under rated for its popularity, it deserves at minimum a 75 for popularity, and should be considered intermediate (not easy as trail forks suggests.)
This trail is a gem, and I can't wait to complete the full trail.
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Kingofthepeaks (Jun 2, 2019 at 18:32)
Not sure why this trail on gets a 35 in popularity, and according to the app, it's rated as easy.
This trail is seriously under rated for its popularity, it deserves at minimum a 75 for popularity, and should be considered intermediate (not easy as trail forks suggests.)
This trail is a gem, and I can't wait to complete the full trail.
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dingoboy (Dec 19, 2018 at 16:43)
3 bikers rode from driftwood lot to avi closure sign at spray lakes day use juntion and back on fat bikes yesterday. Great riding 90% of the trail. Some soft spots with sugar snow that didn't want to pack. Set decent tracks so should be easy going. Last 2km south was pretty tough as there was one old bike track to follow. Like riding a 2x4. Need more traffic there to pack things down and widen the track. Other than that it was awesome. Studs not needed but fat tires a must. Wont get anywhere on skinnys. Too much snow and snowing the whole time we were out.
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dingoboy (Dec 19, 2018 at 16:43)
3 bikers rode from driftwood lot to avi closure sign at spray lakes day use juntion and back on fat bikes yesterday. Great riding 90% of the trail. Some soft spots with sugar snow that didn't want to pack. Set decent tracks so should be easy going. Last 2km south was pretty tough as there was one old bike track to follow. Like riding a 2x4. Need more traffic there to pack things down and widen the track. Other than that it was awesome. Studs not needed but fat tires a must. Wont get anywhere on skinnys. Too much snow and snowing the whole time we were out.
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Biking5 (Oct 28, 2018 at 14:45)
Trail Goat Creek
Oct 27, 2018 Goat Creek Trail Canmore to Banff: Parking lot temp 5 degrees with biting wind and flurries. First 1/3 of ride we encountered compact snow with a light dusting of new snow overnight that made the surface very grippy. Last 2/3 of the ride was a mix of clear sections and a few wet icy sections that were slippery and easy to go sideways on/crash on if one wasn't cautious. Looking far ahead / trail scanning was very important! All rideable if one rode conservatively in the trickier sections. We were riding on regular 27.5" bikes. Two trees across the trail that were easily walked around
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shaungair (May 19, 2018 at 19:21)
South of driftwood its definitely not a green trail. Rates a blue from there on - steeper sections with lots of loose rock.
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shaungair (May 19, 2018 at 19:21)
South of driftwood its definitely not a green trail. Rates a blue from there on - steeper sections with lots of loose rock.
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Heavy72 (Nov 21, 2017 at 9:55)
Rode November 21, 2017. Not quite enough of a base yet for fat biking but give it another week.
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Heavy72 (Nov 21, 2017 at 9:55)
Rode November 21, 2017. Not quite enough of a base yet for fat biking but give it another week.
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Heavy72 (Nov 20, 2017 at 14:06)
Trail Goat Creek
Just rode this trail for the first time today. Snow conditions incredibly poor! 4” of sugar and no base. Brutal ride, barely made it out alive!!
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warrenmacdonald (Aug 25, 2017 at 21:52)
I've now ridden most of this trail on a Lasher Sport ATH (all terrain handcycle), and have to say with front wheel drive some sections are super challenging. I couldn't have done them without my partner pushing me up a bunch of the steeper hills where I just couldn't get traction on the front wheel. Will post in more detail at some point section by section, but would say that a rear wheel drive HC, like a One-Off, Reactive Adaptions "Bomber" or SportOn Explorer would do just fine, though in my mind these bikes are just not as enjoyable for this type of XC riding.
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warrenmacdonald (Aug 25, 2017 at 21:52)
I've now ridden most of this trail on a Lasher Sport ATH (all terrain handcycle), and have to say with front wheel drive some sections are super challenging. I couldn't have done them without my partner pushing me up a bunch of the steeper hills where I just couldn't get traction on the front wheel. Will post in more detail at some point section by section, but would say that a rear wheel drive HC, like a One-Off, Reactive Adaptions "Bomber" or SportOn Explorer would do just fine, though in my mind these bikes are just not as enjoyable for this type of XC riding.
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ayoun (Jul 20, 2017 at 13:35)
Is it better to start from the Goat Creek Trail?
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ayoun (Jul 20, 2017 at 13:35)
Is it better to start from the Goat Creek Trail?
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teleskier (Jun 18, 2017 at 8:46)
We rode it June 16th from Driftwood, 35 km return and 3200 vertical feet. Amazing trail conditions, wouldn't classify this as green due to it's length and some of the corners may present challenges to beginners. Really flowy and great for an all day in the saddle ride! Can't wait for phase 2 to be smooth and complete to Elk pass. I posted some recent photos of the truly amazing day out.
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teleskier (Jun 18, 2017 at 8:46)
We rode it June 16th from Driftwood, 35 km return and 3200 vertical feet. Amazing trail conditions, wouldn't classify this as green due to it's length and some of the corners may present challenges to beginners. Really flowy and great for an all day in the saddle ride! Can't wait for phase 2 to be smooth and complete to Elk pass. I posted some recent photos of the truly amazing day out.
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Drewdietze (May 23, 2017 at 7:19)
Rode May 22, 2017. Smooth and dry. Much smoother than Goat Creek trail which is much rockier. A few good slow climbs but lots of long fun downhill. We only rode the West or South side of the creek. Trail was dry.
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Drewdietze (May 23, 2017 at 7:19)
Rode May 22, 2017. Smooth and dry. Much smoother than Goat Creek trail which is much rockier. A few good slow climbs but lots of long fun downhill. We only rode the West or South side of the creek. Trail was dry.
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tbkfan (Sep 25, 2016 at 10:01)
Rode Buller to Driftwood yesterday with a few younger/beginner riders. There is a fair amount of climbing involved for beginners, but none of it is steep or sustained. The trail is beautifully built and the scenery is pretty hard to beat for such an accessible trail.
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tbkfan (Sep 25, 2016 at 10:01)
Rode Buller to Driftwood yesterday with a few younger/beginner riders. There is a fair amount of climbing involved for beginners, but none of it is steep or sustained. The trail is beautifully built and the scenery is pretty hard to beat for such an accessible trail.
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GregandStaish (Jul 9, 2016 at 18:49)
Lost a Suunto watch on the High Rockies bike trail Saturday July 9th, 2016 near driftwood area. It has a bright purple wristband. If found please contact 403-679-1266. Thank you! - Beer reward if returned.
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GregandStaish (Jul 9, 2016 at 18:49)
Lost a Suunto watch on the High Rockies bike trail Saturday July 9th, 2016 near driftwood area. It has a bright purple wristband. If found please contact 403-679-1266. Thank you! - Beer reward if returned.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    9
More Stats for Buller to Banff mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1,320 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,913 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,593 ft
  • Grade
    -0.8%
  • Grade max
    -46.7%
  • Grade min
    45.9%
  • Distance climb
    11 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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High Rockies - Buller to Driftwood
Sep 10, 2022 @ 8:17am
Sep 10, 2022
So well kept. You could take an old ten speed on this section I would reckon.
Spray River Loop
Aug 21, 2022 @ 11:43am
Aug 21, 2022
Good condition for mountain bikes, and just a few bumpy spots for adaptive bikes. Two short clay sections to cross, which will gum up your tires if it rains.
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Aug 7, 2022 @ 5:45am
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All good!
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Jul 13, 2022 @ 8:10am
Jul 13, 2022
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