3 miles
Distance
317 ft
Climb
-270 ft
Descent
00:30:53
Avg time

Water Tower Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Banff
    Banff, Alberta
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Green (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #37697 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 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
    00:30:53
  • 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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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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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • 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
      Directions to water-tower-trail-8587 trailhead (51.211660, -115.534050)
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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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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 6 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 31 rides
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      Photos

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      Jul 2, 2017 @ 9:41am
      Jul 2, 2017
      Water Tower Trail, Calgary
      56 |
      Aug 2, 2016 @ 10:53am
      Aug 2, 2016
      Water Tower Trail, Calgary
      48 |
      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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