3 miles
Distance
750 ft
Climb
-798 ft
Descent
00:59:22
Avg time

Upper Stoney Squaw Details

  • Riding Area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC, Fat
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Jan - Dec
  • Global Ranking
    #17434 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

Tight, technical, rooty and steep. Arguably the most difficult climb to clean in the Bow Valley followed by a narrow, fun, technical descent. Trail is a true test of cardio and bike handling ability. Connect to "Lower Stoney Squaw" for the longest sustained downhill in the area.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Upper Stoney Squaw bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -48 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,480 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,099 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,529 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,480 ft
  • Grade
    -0.332%
  • Grade max
    -28.31%
  • Grade min
    39.585%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    641 ft
  • Avg time
    00:59:22
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Status:
on Aug 6, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.2 (5 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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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • 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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      Upper Stoney Squaw Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Aug 6, 2018 @ 2:40pm
      Aug 6, 2018
      Aug 1, 2018 @ 5:51pm
      Aug 1, 2018
      Raining a touch as we got to the top but the trail was unaffected
      May 23, 2018 @ 9:29pm
      May 23, 2018
      In great shape. Snow's gone and dead fall has been cleared.
      Aug 17, 2017 @ 6:12am
      Aug 17, 2017
      In great summer shape.
      Aug 17, 2017 @ 6:11am
      Aug 17, 2017
      Trail is in great summer shape.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 19 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
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      • 149 rides
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      Photos

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      Upper Stoney Squaw, Banff
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      Aug 13, 2013 @ 12:49pm
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      Routes with this trail

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      flag Deinarson (Aug 17, 2017 at 12:08)
       This is in heck of a climb! If you enjoy technical ascents then this is for you, and you're rewarded with a spectacular view of the valley. If you're like me and just go up, so you can go down - the old school technical dh part is fun, but personally don't think it's worth the exertion. Worth checking out if you're in the area!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag ctnorman (Jun 29, 2018 at 18:08)
       The route counter clockwise is VERY rooty. We had to push our bikes a lot, the down hill has some sketchy parts where a fall could mean a long slide in bushes. I’m glad it’s off my check list cos I won’t bother with it again
      [Reply]

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