9.3 miles
Distance
182 ft
Climb
-81 ft
Descent
01:45:14
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Minnewanka Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Banff National Park
    Banff, Alberta
  • AKA
    Major Wanker
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Sept 15 - July 10
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #11660 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #4562 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    70 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

Out and back trail along Minnewanka lake. Usually opens up early in the season for riding. The hardest climb is near the beginning, the rest is up and down along the lake shore. The riding is not super-technical, but it is singletrack with roots and rocks. It's also fun in the winter, where you can ride on the frozen lake [studded tires recommended - make sure it's frozen - ride at your own risk].

Note that Minnewanka is one of the most popular trails in Banff. There can be HUGE crowds of hikers on weekends. Start and finish early on the weekends, or ride on weekdays to avoid the masses. If you are riding the trail, don't stop for a rest on the narrow exposed sections - keep moving until you can find a spot to stop where others can pass you.

Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15. The Parks staff take this seriously.

Access Info

From the Minnewanka parking lot, the trail starts at the northeast end past the picnic tables.

Disclaimer

Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15

More Stats for Minnewanka mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    101 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,886 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,003 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,886 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,987 ft
  • Grade
    0.205%
  • Grade max
    -21.088%
  • Grade min
    23.985%
  • Distance climb
    4,229 ft
  • Distance down
    3,491 ft
  • Distance flat
    8 miles
  • Avg time
    01:45:14
  • Avg reverse time
    02:24:09
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on Jun 17, 2023
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Avg: 4.15 (14 votes)
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      Minnewanka Trail Reports

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      Jun 17, 2023 @ 2:09pm
      Jun 17, 2023
      May 23, 2023 @ 12:31pm
      May 23, 2023
      Great conditions. Dry with a few mosquitoes.
      Sep 18, 2022 @ 9:28am
      Sep 18, 2022
      Jun 26, 2022 @ 9:47am
      Jun 26, 2022
      Trail is in great shape. Rode it to Aylmer turn off and hiked up to Aylmer Pass. There was about 4-5 trees down on Aylmer Pass trail.
      May 8, 2022 @ 10:26am
      May 8, 2022
      No trees down all the way to the Rangers cabin
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 1 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 7 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 906 rides
      • Last: Apr 15, 2024

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