5 miles
Distance
848 ft
Climb
-953 ft
Descent
00:51:47
Avg time

Details

  • Riding area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Late May - Late Oct
  • eBike Allowed
  • 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).

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Rundle Riverside Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -105 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,444 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,768 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,698 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,593 ft
  • Grade
    -0.379%
  • Grade max
    -51.502%
  • Grade min
    61.46%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,952 ft
  • Avg time
    00:51:47
  • Avg reverse time
    00:57:48
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Status:
on May 25, 2018
Dry
Avg: 2.75 (8 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to rundle-riverside-trail-8590 trailhead (51.130630, -115.431553)
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Rundle Riverside... Trail Reports

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May 25, 2018 @ 7:43pm
May 25, 2018
One tree down, and a few swampy spots. Other than that, lots of fun roots and rocks, just like the trail description says.
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...
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4 Reviews & Comments

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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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flag Duffcanada (May 26, 2018 at 7:54)
 So many roots....
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flag JwalkYYC (May 27, 2018 at 20:12)
 Took me three hours and a lot of walking and cursing. Rode it from banff to canmore. Very nice but very hard.
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