14.3 miles
2,339 ft
-2,331 ft
5,169 ft
High Point

ENDURANCE LOOP: 15 km (mix of single and double track)
• This trail provides a variety of single track, technical trail features
and downhill sections. It is best ridden in a clockwise direction to
take advantage of the long downhill section from Odyssey.
• A section of the Endurance loop that is also accessed from the
Orange loop is called Odyssey. This is a fun section of trail that
has great flow with a lot of downhill.
• Access from the Daylodge, begin on Centennial ski trail

ORANGE LOOP: 7.5 km (mainly single track)
• The CNC’s most popular trail.
• Best ridden clockwise – a steady climb starts the trail, followed
by a descent through the meadow, some technical downhill
sections, then moderate elevation gain back to the Daylodge.
• Access: From the Daylodge, follow “flag row” to the paved
Banff Trail. Bike along the Banff Trail for approximately 40
metres until the orange trail marker on the left hand side

Detailed Description
Canmore Nordic Center Endurance + Orange Loop is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near Canmore Alberta. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 16 trails. This route climbs 2,339 ft with a max elevation of 5,169 ft then descends -2,331 ft.

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34 Reviews & Comments

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ryanbouma CTSS (Aug 14, 2022 at 6:49)
Fun. Lap this for a good time. Some of the berms had loose sand on them and I nearly bailed. CNC calls this a black, but blue seems appropriate.
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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
  • + 1
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.
  • + 1
rockwall (Jun 14, 2021 at 5:39)
Trail FYI
Great trail that flows both ways.
  • + 0
stundrshole (May 31, 2021 at 15:58)
Trail FYI
Super fun descent and an obvious downhill trail that's usually ruined by people riding it uphill to skip EKG East! Weak.
I've met groups as big as 8 people climbing this trail making absolutely no noise though the berms and blind turns, nice job cancelling a descent for someone as they wait for your huge group to pass.
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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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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.
  • + 0
Bre-don (Oct 19, 2020 at 15:31)
Trail The Albertan
- this comment was paid for by the pretentious dickwads at nordic center.
  • + 1
cam-rides-bikes (Oct 15, 2020 at 16:38)
Really fun but short
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Bre-don (Sep 30, 2020 at 0:58)
Trail FYI
FYI is worth your buck. Unlike most trails at the Nordic center which f-u-c-k-i-n-g suck...this trail is fun. You also don't have to work like a pig to get to it. It's such a shame that no one at nordic can design something worth the work. It's just a bunch of hard f*cking work on shitty terrain that never utilizes the mass of mountain it f*cking sits on.
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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 23:41)
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.
  • + 1
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!
  • + 1
Caribou14 (Dec 18, 2019 at 13:11)
super fun and flowy!!
  • + 0
toizzz (Sep 21, 2019 at 19:56)
Trail EKG
Pretty muddy. Needs a few days to dry out.
  • + 0
Bikelyftas (Aug 28, 2019 at 10:16)
Fun technical trail going up and down.
  • + 0
Bikelyftas (Aug 28, 2019 at 10:15)
Trail Back Door
Another great trail. Again easy going up, fast and flowy going down and a couple line choices along the way. Love it
  • + 0
Bikelyftas (Aug 28, 2019 at 10:13)
Trail Killer Bees
Great little trail. Easy going up and nice and flowy going down.
  • + 0
dwoima (Jul 14, 2019 at 10:02)
Trail EKG
Trail in very good condition with just a muddy spots easily avoided
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LT-Canmore (Jul 11, 2019 at 18:39)
Trail EKG
Trail in good condition
  • + 1
brucie1 (Jul 11, 2019 at 13:15)
Trail The Odyssey
What happened to the extension that went to the lower junction with No Homers??
  • + 1
binthefreerider (Aug 28, 2018 at 10:09)
Trail FYI
nice and fast!!!!
  • + 0
dwoima (Aug 25, 2018 at 11:19)
Trail EKG
Trail in great shape. Aug 23/18.
  • + 0
Christian1975 (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:00)
Trail EKG
Thx y
  • + 0
Canmore813 (May 20, 2018 at 7:13)
Trail EKG
Great ride out there this morning, may 20 2018.
  • + 0
Keithhaines (May 7, 2018 at 5:04)
Trail EKG
Trail in good condition may 6th
  • + 0
johnny-rotten (Feb 17, 2018 at 10:27)
Trail FYI
Excellent groomed conditions. Go hard.
  • + 0
iamkona (Jun 28, 2017 at 15:28)
Trail The Odyssey
Super buff and awesome flow. Closest thing to a Rossland or PG trail around. Thanks, trail builders!
  • + 1
purnhauserdenes (Sep 19, 2016 at 12:50)
Trail The Odyssey
Great trail, great flow and many fun surprises along the way. Like a little stump-jump and the drops at the end. Great extension now to make a longer loop.
  • + 1
planecrazydale (Sep 2, 2016 at 12:15)
Trail The Odyssey
Super fast and fun trail! Great work to the builders!
  • + 2
purnhauserdenes (Sep 19, 2016 at 12:49)
Trail The Odyssey
That was done by the volunteers of Canmore Trail Alliance. We were there several times and I was impressed of the results :-)))

Trails in Route

Tragically Hip390 ft
Hey McLeod443 ft
Mad Handler394 ft
Killer Bees1,657 ft
Back Door2,149 ft
Nector Noodle2,051 ft
The Albertan1,791 ft
Sherwood Forest1,342 ft
The Odyssey2 miles
Matching Jerseys968 ft
Blue Coal Chutes2,083 ft
Long Road to Ruin1 mile
Orchid2,047 ft
FYI4,721 ft
EKG3 miles
Orchid1,926 ft


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More Stats for Canmore Nordic Center Endurance + Orange Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,346 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,650 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,656 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Jan 25, 2023 @ 7:50pm
Jan 25, 2023
The entire trail is ice. Not even smooth ice but rough ice. Rather tricky.
Jan 25, 2023 @ 7:46pm
Jan 25, 2023
Extremely icy. With the exception of the two km's south of the warming hut which is excellent the trail is primarily ice. Even with studs traction isn't ideal.
Blue Coal Chutes
Jan 3, 2023 @ 1:28pm
Jan 3, 2023
Generally good. It would be better if the riders on studded 2.6” or 3” tyres rode some where else. 4.0” is the minimum to qualify as a fat bike tyres and the skinnier tyres are rutting up the descent trails
Hey McLeod
Dec 26, 2022 @ 4:23am
Dec 26, 2022
Mad Handler
Dec 26, 2022 @ 4:23am
Dec 26, 2022
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