3,223 ft
56 ft
-50 ft
Avg time

Riverside Traverse Details

  • Riding Area
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
  • Global Ranking
    #48169 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    25 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

A trail long forgotten! There are many drainage areas and slumps on this trail, which make it difficult to ride. With some trail work it could be fun, but currently it is a bit of a slog. There may also be a couple of trails linked up here--needs to be double checked.


Trail is not maintained. Expect hike-a-bike sections.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Riverside Traverse bike trail
  • Altitude change
    6 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,137 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,187 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,137 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,144 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    982 ft
  • Distance down
    1,152 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,088 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
  • view trail stats
on Sep 15, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 1.1 (10 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to riverside-traverse trailhead (53.537680, -113.554670)
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Riverside Traverse Trail Reports

Sep 15, 2018 @ 11:05pm
Sep 15, 2018
It's passable, but very wet.
Jun 7, 2018 @ 5:57pm
Jun 7, 2018
Pure mosquitoe hell. I am not joking at all when i say the blotted out the sun. Avous this. See where i looped back? There is deadfall blocking...
May 26, 2018 @ 4:26pm
May 26, 2018
Washed out and trees down over the path in multiple spots at the north end. Had to carry bike for about a third of the trail. Felt very isolated...
Aug 23, 2017 @ 10:31pm
Aug 23, 2017
Trail ran it's course years ago, so much ground water in this area eroded it all. Some of the water is this really shiny metallic looking water...
Aug 23, 2017 @ 9:19pm
Aug 23, 2017
Trail is in need of some TLC. Trees down on a few parts and many sections eroded that are also very muddy. Hike a bike required in about 10...
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7 Reviews & Comments

  • + 3
flag mtnbikermitch (Sep 30, 2014 at 10:00)
 I would argue the reason this trail is largely abandoned is for the following reasons:
A) It would be a substantial undertaking to make it ridable start to finish.
B) There is an alternate route that is enjoyable (using Riverside Dr road as a break in the ride).
C) The descent from Riverside Dr is a lot of fun.
  • + 1
flag A-Anderson (Oct 1, 2014 at 6:58)
 Is there a connection between Back Breaker and Riverside Dr?
  • + 1
flag mtnbikermitch (Oct 1, 2014 at 8:29)
 Just the road. Its a nice break if you are in the middle of a harder ride.
  • + 0
flag jenkinsoner (May 20, 2017 at 16:09)
 This trail has many parts where it is minorly eroded and one part with major erosion. You will have to hike your bike up a very slippery, wet, and steep riverbank to avoid some major erosion. Expect to get a little wet due to the erosion. I highly recommend NOT going on this trail. It is impossible to ride many parts and is very hard to walk up/around the majorly eroded part. Ride this trail at your own risk.
  • + 1
flag GRS (Jun 20, 2017 at 14:47)
 Agree with above comments. This trail is a tough trail to hike, impossible to ride.
  • + 1
flag nilbert (Aug 23, 2017 at 22:25)
 This trail should be removed from trailforks. I did it this morning. It is NOT a traverse one bloody bit. It's slime central, shiny water, red water, muck, this isn't even close to a ride able trail anymore. This trail saw it's day years ago and is so far beyond repair I"d never suggest it to anyone. I hereby deem this trail closed. Let's hang some forboten signs! (If you're a trail runner, you'll probably love this area)
  • + 0
flag Noahranks (Oct 15, 2017 at 11:05)
 I destroyed my shoes and my bikes brakes it was so muddy

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