2.4 miles
Distance
980 ft
Climb
-1,170 ft
Descent
00:34:11
Avg time

Topp Notch Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Bridge, Rock Face, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #7100
  • Year Opened
    2014
  • Land Manager
    Banff National Park

Topp Notch begins with a squirrel catcher [mandatory feature] meant to weed out the less experienced. If you cannot ride this feature, head back down to Star Wars. Once past the entry on Topp Notch, the trail will climb several switchbacks towards the first large feature, the Big Daddy corner. What follows next can only be described as incredible flow along some challenging technical trail features (TTFs). Most TTFs are pretty wide, and very well built. The end of the trail rolls right into Return of the Jedi so you can climb back up.

This trail is named after Doug Topp, former president of the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance and all-around good guy. Buy him a beer.

Access Info

The access to Topp Notch is found west of the Star Wars trailhead, accessible from Tunnel Mountain Road and located across (south) from Buffalo Mountain Lodge. As you approach the trailhead for Star Wars (30 metres in), continue right (west) and past the entry to Star Wars up the trail. From here, there are markers and arrows pointing you in the direction of Topp Notch.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Topp Notch mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -191 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,101 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,784 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,593 ft
  • Grade
    -1.49%
  • Grade max
    -90.641%
  • Grade min
    86.191%
  • Distance climb
    4,840 ft
  • Distance down
    1.1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,728 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:23:47
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Status:
on May 16, 2017
Dry
Avg: 4.1 (18 votes)

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Topp Notch Trail Reports

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May 16, 2017 @ 5:51pm
May 16, 2017
Good to go as of May 13. Great conditions. Fully dry. No bears.
May 16, 2017 @ 5:51pm
May 16, 2017
Great condition last weekend. No bears or mud. Everything was in great shape.
May 4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
May 4, 2017
reporter Lots of icy patches on the climb and the first few corners of the descent are snow covered. Trail is dry to the bottom after that. Tree down about...
Apr 14, 2017 @ 10:07am
Apr 14, 2017
It's still winter in Banff (sadly). This trail is still covered in snow and ice.
Nov 4, 2016 @ 4:51pm
Nov 4, 2016
Tree across path 3/4 down, otherwise good condition
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Sep 28, 2016 @ 1:41pm
Sep 28, 2016
Topp Notch, Calgary
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Jun 25, 2016 @ 6:58pm
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Topp Notch, Calgary
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Jun 25, 2016 @ 6:58pm
Jun 25, 2016
Topp Notch, Calgary
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Jan 31, 2016 @ 7:25pm
Jan 31, 2016
Topp Notch, Banff

Routes with this trail

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag northshoregurl (Apr 1, 2017 at 21:04)
 I rode this trail a couple of years ago while on a trip to Banff. It was one of the best trails I have ever ridden!! Blew my mind!
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