2 miles
Distance
977 ft
Climb
-1,168 ft
Descent
00:37:43
Avg time

Topp Notch Details

  • Riding Area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Rock Face, Skinny
  • Global Ranking
    #3047 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    -1.444%
  • Grade max
    -91.166%
  • Grade min
    86.47%
  • Distance climb
    4,880 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,692 ft
  • Avg time
    00:37:43
  • Avg reverse time
    01:30:20
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Status:
on Dec 1, 2018
Snow Packed
Avg: 4 (31 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 80%
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  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • 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
  • TTF TTF
  • 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
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      Topp Notch Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 1, 2018 @ 12:43pm
      Dec 1, 2018
      reporter Two trees down requiring dismounts. In good fat biking shape otherwise.
      Sep 1, 2018 @ 11:35am
      Sep 1, 2018
      Aug 18, 2018 @ 1:48pm
      Aug 18, 2018
      Everything in good condition. Some of the berms are very dry/dusty so there is little grip there. Fantastic trail.
      Jul 22, 2018 @ 8:21pm
      Jul 22, 2018
      Didn’t see any trees down. Someone must have cleaned them.
      Jul 17, 2018 @ 9:13pm
      Jul 17, 2018
      reporter Two large trees down requiring dismounts. One a couple of switchbacks before the big bridge and another shortly after the bridge in the tight...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 74 rides
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      Aug 27, 2017 @ 1:21am
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      Topp Notch, Calgary
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      Sep 28, 2016 @ 1:41pm
      Sep 28, 2016
      Topp Notch, Calgary
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      Jun 25, 2016 @ 6:58pm
      Jun 25, 2016
      Topp Notch, Calgary
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      Jun 25, 2016 @ 6:58pm
      Jun 25, 2016
      Topp Notch, Calgary

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      4 Reviews & 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!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag traviswbrown82 (Jun 11, 2017 at 21:04)
       A must ride for the intermediate to advanced rider. Non stop adrenaline till its done. Crazy busy on the weekends. Recomends : warm up before running it
      : weekdays are free anytime
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag DizzyNinja (Sep 10, 2017 at 21:00)
       Awesome trail. It's more like a dark blue. Been twice on weekends n wasn't "crazy" busy.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag advocate (Jul 7, 2018 at 11:38)
       Rode Topp Notch last week, and it was riding very well esp the top third which had just been scrubbed by the BVMBA guys. Be sure to turn right at the bottom and check out the new exit down to the valley floor. It’s a beauty!
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