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.
Local Trail AssociationJasper Park Cycling Association (jasperparkcycling.com)
Trails in Route
More Stats for Saturday Night Lake Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min3,594 ft
Altitude start3,617 ft
Altitude end3,617 ft
Distance climb7 miles
Distance down7 miles
Distance flat3,946 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Recent Trail Reports Along Route
Jul 29, 2018 @ 4:38pmJul 29, 2018
|One large tree down midway at the top of the switchbacks. Trail severely overgrown and bridges in rough shape reporter|
Jul 11, 2018 @ 10:15amJul 11, 2018
Jul 4, 2017 @ 8:23pmJul 4, 2017
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