6 miles
904 ft
-1,428 ft
Avg time


  • Riding Area
    Lake Louise
    Lake Louise, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
  • Alpine Trail
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Parks Canada

Best done as an out and back so you can enjoy the fruits of your uphill labours. Start from Moraine Lake Road. You park in one location and ride your bike 500 meters back down the road to reach the cyclists trailhead (see access info for details). The trailhead start is signed with a kiosk and is where the Fairview Loop xc ski trail exits in winter. The first section of trail is an old road, is very rooty and is the least pleasant riding on the entire trail. Once the route joins with the hiking trail to Paradise Valley things improve conditions-wise. Riding is characterized by consistent uphill with sections of roots and/or rocks that require good line choice and consistent power to the pedals. There are several larger stream crossings on bridges that vary in width. One of the crossings has a rough sawn plank as a skinny alternative to the bridge. The upper sections of trail on the E/SE slopes of Mt Temple are generally narrow, smooth and moderately angled with great views amidst beauteous wildflowers. An outstandingly scenic tour on the lower flanks of a Lake Louise giant, Mt. Temple. Make sure to take bear spray on this one!

Access Info

Take the Lake Louise turnoff from the TransCanada and head toward the Chateau Lake Louise. Just before reaching the Lake turn left onto the Moraine Lake road (clear signage). Drive for about 2.5 kms and park in the Paradise Valley carpark on your right. Once on your bike head back down the Moraine Lake Road towards Lake Louise (the trailhead that leaves from the carpark is for hikers only) for about 500 meters until you see the trailhead kiosk on the left. Leave the road, hit the dirt (and roots) and start pedaling!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Moraine Lake Highline Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -524 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,639 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,666 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,163 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,639 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,634 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jun 26, 2018
Avg: 4.2 (9 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to moraine-lake-highline-trail trailhead (51.328240, -116.181480)
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Moraine Lake... Trail Reports

Jun 26, 2018 @ 9:56am
Jun 26, 2018
a few fallen trees across the trail. Great climb and descend
Jul 19, 2017 @ 8:34pm
Jul 19, 2017
Rode this from south to north. Good climb with even better views. Fun technical rocks to make the climb pretty darn fun. The decent was great with...
Jul 16, 2017 @ 8:09pm
Jul 16, 2017
Trail is in excellent shape, a must do classic in the rockies!
Jul 9, 2017 @ 6:50pm
Jul 9, 2017
Ideal riding condition. Old School Singletrack perfection! Thank you Parks Canada for clearing the trail!
Jun 28, 2017 @ 10:50pm
Jun 28, 2017
Not the best of a mountain bike trail. Might be great for hiking. Not at all a flowing ride. Not worth coming back to doing it again. Some trees...
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag leahjo (Jul 27, 2017 at 16:32)
 July 27, 2017 rode with erin and Tracy. Took us 2 hours to Moraine lake. 5 km of very rooty rocky up. It was long and hard at some points but very well built. Fun rocky down and amazing views!!!! We rode the road back to the car - super fast 15 mins
  • + 0
flag ivopan (Aug 1, 2017 at 20:21)
 Great trail! Although very technically challenging....! But when a roady can do it whitin an hour, you sure can do it yourself too! It's worth the effort!
  • + 0
flag FrothyWizard (Jul 21, 2018 at 22:38)
 Some short chunky sections and a benchcut traversing a steep slope may intimidate some riders. Not overly technical with some fun gappable root and rock sections on the way down. Highly recommend for any intermediate or above riders visiting the area with mountain bikes.

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