27.9 miles
1,452 ft
-2,389 ft
1 mile
High Point

Out & back overnighter from Canmore to Tunnel Mountain campground in Banff.

Detailed Description
Canmore -> Banff Overnighter is a 28 mile moderately popular easy route located near Canmore Alberta. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 1,452 ft with a max elevation of 5,639 ft then descends -2,389 ft.
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20 Reviews & Comments

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Tluther (Aug 10, 2022 at 21:23)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Kinda sketch for kids
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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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Ingej9s2k5 (May 29, 2021 at 17:34)
Trail Goat Creek
Some wet spots near Canmore, otherwise
Great, easy ride
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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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Joyfulbiker (May 18, 2020 at 10:58)
Really muddy and snow covered. Not ready for bikers yet.
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iggraham (Oct 19, 2019 at 14:20)
Dry trail despite the Spray Lakes road having some wet and snowy patches.
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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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aSliceofSam (May 14, 2019 at 19:04)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Hiking trail with MTB option tacked on. Wide sidewalk like dirt bath. Except because of erosion there are mandatory stairs where the trail is long gone. This isn't really a must do in the area since there are real trails like the toe and Banff ave. Should be a green except for the ridiculous acends and decsends meant for hiking.
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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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AndrewDe (May 4, 2018 at 22:04)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Difficulty is moderate
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AndrewDe (May 4, 2018 at 22:03)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
First time riding this trail and happy to say that it’s all dry ????????
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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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MLeier (Oct 6, 2017 at 12:38)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Yes, elevation profile is wrong. This trail is pretty much continuous downhill from the campground, becomes fairly flat once you near the river and then has a steep uphill near the end with another steep up hill and stairs when you get to the parking lot. We love this trail (except for those last steep parts which required us to push our bikes up). It is a super fun way to get from the campground into town. Our 8 and 10 year old kids did walk a small portion of the steep downhill section and we did all have to push our bikes up the hills at the end but the rest of this trail isn't technica at all and is just pure fun!
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josheim (Aug 11, 2017 at 20:03)
Trail Hoodoo Trail
Elevation profile is wrong
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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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More Stats for Canmore -> Banff Overnighter mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -937 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,588 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,652 ft
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  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    5 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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.
Goat Creek
Jul 13, 2022 @ 8:10am
Jul 13, 2022
Trail closed by Alberta Parks
Hoodoo Trail
Oct 5, 2021 @ 9:36am
Oct 5, 2021
Beware of aggressive bull elk & potential charging along river and field areas
High Rockies - Three Sister Dam to Driftwood
Aug 11, 2021 @ 10:03am
Aug 11, 2021
Trails are in fantastic condition and mid week not busy, only saw one cyclist.
High Rockies - Goat Creek Three Sisters Dam
Aug 11, 2021 @ 10:03am
Aug 11, 2021
Trails are in fantastic condition and mid week not busy, only saw one cyclist.
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