5 miles
Distance
868 ft
Climb
-971 ft
Descent
00:52:27
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Late May - Late Oct
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking

Masochists need only apply. Although not physically demanding, the trail does take it's toll on the body via soul-crushing roots that cover the trail from beginning to end. There is some fun to be had on a few short downhill sections but you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who says these sections balance out the rooty grind otherwise.

Can be ridden either way - net uphill going eastbound with a short, tough climb at the finish as you get to the park boundary and Canmore Nordic Centre. Multiple sections regularly stay swampy well through spring and into early summer as the trail is completely shaded by Mt. Rundle.

Usually combined with the Goat Creek trail to make a big loop (~50km) of Mt. Rundle. Otherwise, it's good to ride once a year to remind you how smooth the other trails in the area are Wink (except Upper Stoney Squaw).

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More Stats for Rundle Riverside Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -103 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,444 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,770 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,696 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,593 ft
  • Grade
    -0.37%
  • Grade max
    -370.988%
  • Grade min
    503.989%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    00:52:27
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:34
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Status:
on Aug 6, 2017
Dry
Avg: 3.2 (5 votes)

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Rundle Riverside... Trail Reports

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Aug 6, 2017 @ 3:25am
Aug 6, 2017
Jul 17, 2017 @ 11:26am
Jul 17, 2017
rooty challenge, no downed trees or flooded sections - sadly not on my repeat list, friendly bear though
Jul 6, 2017 @ 9:46am
Jul 6, 2017
only a couple of puddles and downed trees.
Jun 11, 2017 @ 6:17pm
Jun 11, 2017
Mostly good to go. A few downed trees and flooded section 1-2 kms in (from Banff) where the high water level of the river is flooding the lower...
Jun 23, 2016 @ 6:27am
Jun 23, 2016
Just a few puddles on the Banff end. For those looking to ride for the first time, the Canmore half is one big root ball. FS recommended.
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Jun 11, 2017
Rundle Riverside Trail

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 0
flag gotthelife11 (May 30, 2017 at 12:34)
 Beautiful trail, but so many roots!
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flag ivopan (Aug 6, 2017 at 3:23)
 Trailforksdescription is totaliteit right! Northeastbound coming from Canmore going to Banff is heavy, challenging and kinda selftorturing..... But its worth the effort! When you want to BE offroad, you are offroad on this great trail! Done aug 5, 2017. Dry trails even the potential watercrossings.
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