15 miles
Distance
2,756 ft
Climb
-2,756 ft
Descent
1 miles
High Point

Trail is very overgrown and creek crossings are poorly maintained

Start from Parking Lot 2 - Cabin Creek

This trail is not for the faint of heart. Although the distance is not excessive it is very technical, rooty, and swampy. Great for riders looking for a grueling adventure, we suggest hitting the other gems the Jasper has to offer before ticking this one off your bucket list.

Clockwise travel is a grunt right out of the gate as you crank up the trail 3 switchbacks to Cabin Lake, there is then gradual sidehill climbing with several techy sections on the way to Saturday Night Lake. After the junction for Trail 3c - Saturday Night Lake the sidehill continues for a bit before reaching the extremely technical rooty swampy sections of trail as you reach the peak of the climbing near High Lakes. The trail remains quite technical until you arrive at the junction with Trail 3b after which point it is fast side hill back down to the valley.

Anti-Clockwise travel is mellower to start but involves sections of hike a bike on eroded fall line trail after the junction with Trail 3b. The back third of the trail is just as techy in this direction as it is when going clockwise. After the junction with Trail 3c things get fast with a mix of flowy sidehill and technical sections as you descend to Cabin Lake.

Ask around and you will have trouble finding a consensus on which direction is best as everyone has their own preference and each way has it's own merits. Historically this was called the 20 mile loop though it is actually quite a bit shorter than that, to get closer to the 20 mile marker consider adding 2a and a choose-your-own-adventure across the bench to link it with Trail 3.

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Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    20 Mile Loop
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    5
More Stats for Saturday Night Lake Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    3,594 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,617 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,617 ft
  • Grade max
    -28.289%
  • Grade min
    29.778%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,946 ft
Avg: 2 (1 votes)
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
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  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Trail transparency
      Saturday Night Lake Loop
      Saturday Night Lake Loop
      7:34 | 515 | comments: 2 | favs: 1
      Jul 18, 2015
      Vid I threw together using footage from my solo ride on the Saturday Night Lake Loop out of Jasper.

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Trail 3 (Minnow Lake)
      Jul 29, 2018 @ 4:38pm
      Jul 29, 2018
      One large tree down midway at the top of the switchbacks. Trail severely overgrown and bridges in rough shape reporter
      Trail 3 (Switchbacks)
      Jul 11, 2018 @ 10:15am
      Jul 11, 2018
      Trail 3 (Highlakes)
      Jul 4, 2017 @ 8:23pm
      Jul 4, 2017
      more reports »
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