9 miles
Distance
189 ft
Climb
-88 ft
Descent
00:58:43
Avg time

Minnewanka Details

  • Riding area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • AKA
    Major Wanker
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Green
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Sept 15 - July 10
  • Global Ranking
    #8867
  • Land Manager

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

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Minnewanka mountain bike 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
    -19.031%
  • Grade min
    22.422%
  • Distance climb
    5,142 ft
  • Distance down
    4,195 ft
  • Distance flat
    7 miles
  • Avg time
    00:58:43
  • Avg reverse time
    01:41:41
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Status:
on Oct 10, 2017
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Avg: 4.4 (8 votes)

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Minnewanka Trail Reports

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Oct 10, 2017 @ 8:13pm
Oct 10, 2017
Perfect condition. A few trees still down towards the cabin. Thank you whomever cut the dead fall recently. Much appreciated. Bigly!
Sep 16, 2017 @ 7:18pm
Sep 16, 2017
reporter Lots of trees down. Great condition otherwise.
Jun 12, 2017 @ 3:34pm
Jun 12, 2017
Trail is re-open effective June 10. Warning in effect. http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/cond_e.asp?oid=27548&opark=100092
May 31, 2017 @ 4:41pm
May 31, 2017
Closed effective May 31 due to aggressive bear activity. See photo for map of closure (entire trail).
May 26, 2017 @ 6:14pm
May 26, 2017
A few bits of mud up to Stewart Canyon bRidge and on first climb, excellent Condition from scree slope on. 1 bear sighting 100m before scree slope...
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 4
flag pinkrobe CMBA (Oct 19, 2014 at 14:16)
 Views on this ride are absolutely spectacular, and worth riding it just for that aspect. Now, a warning: this trail is RAMMED with people on the weekends all summer. It is nicknamed "Major Wanker" for a reason - the hordes that hit this trail on the weekend have no clue how to interact with others. Sadly, some of the worst offenders are people on group rides. You'll be happier if you ride it on weekdays or well before/after the tourist season.
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flag traviswbrown82 (Jun 11, 2017 at 21:17)
 Ive never seen so many people and dogs on a trail before in my life! If you can hit it during the week or before 10am on any weekend its super fun. Conditioned legs are a must. For the hard tail riders lower tire pressure for extra traction on the loose shale and rock. But not TOO low to force a puncture. The last half is typically less busy as larger groups of hikers have turned back by this time. Well worth the ride to the end if your up for a serious workout. Unfortunately most who hike this are tourists who have no idea of trail etiquette so be prepared to brake hard often.
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flag StoshIam (Sep 23, 2017 at 18:42)
 Rode it 23/09 equal numbers of Hikers and Bikers, no conflicts today.
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