3 miles
Distance
317 ft
Climb
-270 ft
Descent
00:25:40
Avg time

Water Tower Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty rating
    Green
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
    No
  • Global Ranking

Short, easy trail along the escarpment edge.

Access Info

Start at Johnson Lake or Cascade Ponds

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Water Tower Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    46 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,731 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,593 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,640 ft
  • Grade
    0.327%
  • Grade max
    -17.455%
  • Grade min
    18.143%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,210 ft
  • Avg time
    00:25:40
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:29
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Status:
on Jul 2, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 3 (2 votes)

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Water Tower Trail Trail Reports

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Jul 2, 2017 @ 9:40am
Jul 2, 2017
Very dry today and no bears or signs of beers. This trail should really be a green. I'll make the changes when I get back to a computer but if...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 5:12pm
Sep 4, 2016
Trail is officially closed at water tower, by Parks Canada, due to whirling disease, cutting off 1.7km segment to Johnson Lake.
Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:52am
Aug 2, 2016
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Some people have built a ramp which I don't recommend people use, it's very unstable.
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Jul 2, 2017 @ 9:41am
Jul 2, 2017
Water Tower Trail, Calgary
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Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:53am
Aug 2, 2016
Water Tower Trail, Calgary
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Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:51am
Aug 2, 2016
Water Tower Trail, Banff

1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag MarlaHeim (Aug 12, 2017 at 18:52)
 Rode today in pretty thick smoke. All is very dry. Ramp over the downed tree is still there. Started at Cascade ponds. The initial ascent is really steep and loose. Definitely not green material. Once you gain the ridge, though, it becomes a solid green trail. Not sure the elevation profile is accurate. The posted profile shows a steep up right at the beginning at the Cascade Ponds end followed by a steep down. This steep down doesn't seem to exist. Overall, decent trail with a lovely lake to jump into at the end.
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