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.
From the Minnewanka parking lot, the trail starts at the northeast end past the picnic tables.
Seasonal Closure to bikes is from July 10 - September 15
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Minnewanka mountain bike trail
Altitude change101 ft
Altitude min4,886 ft
Altitude max5,003 ft
Altitude start4,886 ft
Altitude end4,987 ft
Distance climb5,142 ft
Distance down4,195 ft
Distance flat7 miles
Avg reverse time01:41:41
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Minnewanka Trail Reports
Nov 12, 2017 @ 11:10amNov 12, 2017
|Perfect winter conditions, didn't make it super far so I am not sure how far the trail is tree free.|
Oct 26, 2017 @ 2:10pmOct 26, 2017
|Significant trees down (12-15 incidences) prior to LM9. Turned around due to deadfall. Perfect for cyclocross training. Trail condition buff!|
Oct 10, 2017 @ 8:13pmOct 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 @ 7:18pmSep 16, 2017
|reporter Lots of trees down. Great condition otherwise.|
Jun 12, 2017 @ 3:34pmJun 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|
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