Icefields Parkway

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Banff National Park features some of Canada's most scenic roadways and trails, making it an exciting destination to explore on two wheels. The Biking CLASSICS featured in this guide will take you through beautiful sub-alpine forest, next to sparkling waters of glacier-fed lakes and under iconic peaks. While there are seemingly limitless options to enjoy, these rides are considered 'classics' and not to be missed. Cyclists of all kinds, from those content to pedal along scenic roads to mountain enthusiasts eager to tackle a rocky, root-laden singletrack, will surely be inspired. Go out for a quick spin or pack up your panniers for a longer tour; there's a perfect bike ride awaiting you in Canada's flagship national park.

Bow Glacier Falls

Distance9 km return
Elevation Gain155 m
Time Required2 - 4 hours
Trailhead400 m down the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge access road.

Spraying out over a cliff at the base of "Iceberg Lake" and the Bow Glacier, Bow Glacier Falls are the rewarding endpoint of this easy hike. The trail skirts along the shores of stunning Bow Lake and remains quite flat until a staircase takes you up and over a canyon. This powerful canyon and the natural bridge - a large boulder bridging the gap - are well worth the quick side trip.
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Helen Lake / Dolomite Pass

Distance12 km return
Elevation Gain455 m
Time Required4 hours
TrailheadAcross Crowfoot Glacier Viewpoint

After a steady hike up through forest, the Helen Lake trail emerges into an alpine wonderland that remains above tree line until you reach one of the Rockies' best lunch spots: Helen Lake. During a few weeks in summer, the resident marmots are joined by a stunning collection of colourful wildflowers. To lengthen your day, continue along the trail into Dolomite Pass and towards Katherine Lake, where you'll be treated to the impressive pyramid of Mt. Assiniboine.
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Bow Summit Lookout

Distance2.9 km one way
Elevation Gain245 m
Time Required2.5 hours
TrailheadPeyto Lake parking lot

From the highest point on the Icefields Parkway (2070 m), hike beyond the Peyto Lake viewpoint on the upper self-guided nature trail, then follow an old fire road to the lookout. Watch for pikas, marmots and ptarmigan.
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Parker Ridge

Distance2.7 km one way
Elevation Gain250 m
Time Required2.5 hours
Trailhead9 km south of the Icefield Centre

After a series of switchbacks you'll be rewarded with dramatic views of the Saskatchewan Glacier - headwaters of the Saskatchewan River. Help maintain this fragile alpine ecosystem by staying on the trail.
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Chephren Lake

Distance3.5 km one way
Elevation Gain80 m
Time Required3 hours
TrailheadWaterfowl Lakes Campground.

Chephren Lake lies underneath the brooding walls of Howse Peak and Mount Chephren. This trail is often very muddy.
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Wilcox Pass

Distance4 km one way
Elevation Gain355 m
Time Required3 - 3.5 hours
TrailheadWilcox Creek campground

Rise quickly above treeline to the expansive meadows of this glacier-carved landscape. Bighorn sheep are sometimes seen in this area. Please help keep them wild and safe - do not approach or feed them.
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Nigel Pass

Distance7.2 km one way
Elevation Gain365 m
Time Required4.5 - 5.5 hours
Trailhead13 km south of the Icefield Centre

A consistent and gentle grade ensures that it doesn't take long to reach treeline as you head towards the wide-open scenery of the Banff / Jasper boundary
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Molar Pass

Distance9.8 km one way
Elevation Gain530 m
Time Required7 - 8 hours
TrailheadHighway 93 North, 24 km north of the Lake Louise turn-off.

Travel into Banff National Park's wilderness as you rise well above treeline to an expansive alpine meadow.
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North Molar Pass

Distance11.5 km one way
Elevation Gain760 m
Time Required8 - 9 hours/td>
TrailheadHighway 93 North, 24 km north of the Lake Louise turn-off.

At the Molar Pass trail junction you have the option of travelling to the alpine meadows of Molar Pass or heading left to this higher pass, a rugged and stark landscape of rocky meadows.
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Glacier Lake

Distance8.9 km one way
Elevation Gain210 m
Time Required6 - 7 hours
Trailhead1 km north of the Saskatchewan River Crossing

Snow-free early in the season, this rolling wooded trail takes you to a picturesque lake set below the peaks seen by early European explorers.
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Sunset Pass

Distance8.2 km one way
Elevation Gain725 m
Time Required6 - 7 hours
Trailhead16.5 km north of the Saskatchewan River Crossing.

Climb steadily through a thick forest to reach an expansive meadow atop Sunset Pass. Look west for a panorama of some of the largest peaks in the park, or east into the remote White Goat Wilderness Area.
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