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 (except Upper Stoney Squaw).
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More Stats for Rundle Riverside Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change-103 ft
Altitude min4,444 ft
Altitude max4,770 ft
Altitude start4,696 ft
Altitude end4,593 ft
Distance climb2 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat2 miles
Avg reverse time00:57:48
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Rundle Riverside... Trail Reports
Aug 6, 2017 @ 3:25amAug 6, 2017
Jul 17, 2017 @ 11:26amJul 17, 2017
|rooty challenge, no downed trees or flooded sections - sadly not on my repeat list, friendly bear though|
Jul 6, 2017 @ 9:46amJul 6, 2017
|only a couple of puddles and downed trees.|
Jun 11, 2017 @ 6:17pmJun 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 @ 6:27amJun 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.|
Routes with this trail
|Bow Valley Extreme||162 miles|
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