4.0 miles
Distance
1,099 ft
Climb
-937 ft
Descent
01:14:41
Avg time

Highline Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Highline
    Canmore, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #7099 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9908 in Trail Running
    • #42397 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Alberta Parks

Built by Jeff Eamon [Alberta Parks], Parks seasonal workers and loads of volunteers [notably Friends of Kananaskis Country], the Highline trail is a machine-built, hand-finished singletrack trail on the lower slopes of Grassi and Ha Ling Peaks.

Highline is a fun trail with some tech challenges in the form of boulders and rocky drainage sections that must be crossed. Once you're up the climbs, the trail rolls along the sidehill, with shorter ups and downs to plow through. The soil is rocky, the switchbacks steep, and fitness is a good thing to have. The West Connector is the easiest climb, and things get a bit tougher as you head east. Climbing Riders of Rohan is not great. Loose gravel, steep, lots of downhill traffic, etc.

Highline is a multi-use trail, so expect to see hikers, runners, dog-walkers, bears, deer, etc.

Access Info

The SE trailhead is at the corner of Three Sisters Blvd and Hubman Landing. Parking is very limited here - don't park in front of somebody's driveway, and clean up after yourself. Many people access the trail from Quarry Lake parking lot, and ride up the West Connector, or ride the powerline trail to the East Connector and loop back from there.

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More Stats for Highline mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    162 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,672 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,280 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,672 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,833 ft
  • Grade
    0.8%
  • Grade max
    -63.5%
  • Grade min
    50.5%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    659 ft
  • Avg time
    01:14:41
  • Avg reverse time
    01:21:02
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on Aug 21, 2021
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Avg: 4.45 (14 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
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      Highline Trail Reports

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      Aug 21, 2021 @ 12:37pm
      Aug 21, 2021
      Recent rain has left the trail a mix of perfect dirt, with very slick roots and rocks.
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 5:08pm
      Jun 12, 2021
      May 29, 2021 @ 8:52am
      May 29, 2021
      Absolutely ideal conditions. No mud. Tacky. Just very small snd minor patches of snow at the creek crossings. Get after it!
      May 14, 2021 @ 8:05pm
      May 14, 2021
      Trail mostly dry and great riding except for the ice accretion crossing the creek at the east connecter junction.
      Dec 19, 2020 @ 12:13pm
      Dec 19, 2020
      Light snow coverage along most of the trail. Low spots have ice covered in snow, but if you're careful/lucky you won't need studs for the most...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 101 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 453 rides
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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      jdawgie (Jul 24, 2016 at 23:09)
       Curious: Is the elevation listed in the description of this ride correct? The map's contours show the trail not crossing the 1600m elevation. My GPS clock the highest point at 1581m, which seems to match the map and not the description...
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      • + 0
      jsdub1 (Aug 29, 2020 at 9:04)
       Grind to reward ratio is very very high. Couple of fun tech features. No desire to ride it again
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      • + 0
      Bre-don (Sep 11, 2020 at 19:14)
       Hiking? Sure. I almost beat my gf for recommending this trail to bike on. 2kms straight up a f*cking mountain on some really rough terrain. The incredibly short and steep ride down also sucks balls. No features. Rough terrain. Hike this trail. Don't bike this trail.
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      • + 0
      dldewar (Sep 12, 2021 at 17:18)
       If you climb to descend this would not be the trail for you. If you look at your Strava and see how much elevation you have gained this is a trail for you. From west to east the first climb starts easy and becomes pretty brutal. If you do not have good fitness you may have to push some sections. East to west there are two corners I need mote fitness to get. More interesting to the west. Well done trail builder I will be back.
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      Videos

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      youtuber Canmore Mountain Bike Trails, The Highline!
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      3:06 | 168 | Oct 24, 2010 , Canmore
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