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Mountain Biking Trails

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Bow River Loop

  • Difficulty: Easy/Family
  • Starting Points: Lake Louise Campground or Bow River Bridge opposite Lake Louise train station.
  • Length: 7.1 km loop

This beautiful riverside trail is a short, easy ride that follows each side of the Bow River. It is ideal for families and beginner riders, and can be shortened by cutting across any of the bridges along the way.

I’m constantly amazed at the calibre of mountain bike trails located in Banff National Park. Peter Oprsal of on The Real Banff

Spray River Loop

  • Difficulty: Easy/Family
  • Starting point: Fairmont Banff Springs or the Bow Falls Parking Lot
  • Length: 11.3 km loop

This winding, rolling gravel double track can be ridden in a loop in either direction or as an out-and-back from either trailhead. The trail parallels the rushing Spray River. Great as a family outing - take a picnic to enjoy along the way. Be sure to yield to horses.

Tunnel Campground Loop

  • Difficulty: Easy/Family

Perfect for beginners and children, this a great entry-level trail which forms a large loop around Tunnel Mountain Campground. There are lots of places to stop and rest. Make sure to watch out for strolling campers, elk, deer and coyote.

Tunnel Bench Loop

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting points: Hoodoos Lookout Parking Lot or Tunnel Mountain Campground.
  • Length: 5.7 km

One of Banff’s most popular rides, the Tunnel Bench Loop contours the top of Tunnel Mountain and provides fantastic views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. Great for all levels, this entry level singletrack can be ridden in either direction. Some vertical exposure offers some excitement, which is easily averted by walking your bike. Extend your ride by linking this trail with The Toe or the Bow Falls - Hoodoos Trail.

Spray River and Goat Creek

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starting point: Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Length: 18.7 km one way

This popular, rolling double track follows the Spray River for 10km before reaching the easy-to-miss turn that veers off on the left just past the end of a short downhill section. Take the fork left, then head down over the bridge. From there it rises gradually along the lower slopes of Mount Rundle, ending at the Smith-Dorrien Road parking lot above Canmore. Alternatively, arrange for a shuttle and ride the trail in reverse for a long, gentle cruise to Banff.

The Toe

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Hoodoos Parking Lot or Tunnel Mountain Campground
  • Length: 7.9 km  

The Toe is a winding, narrow singletrack that features stunning views and a fun mix of challenging and exposed technical terrain for intermediate and advanced riders. It is a great extension to the Tunnel Bench Loop and can be ridden in either direction.

Bow Falls - Hoodoos Trail

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Hoodoos Parking Lot or Surprise Corner Parking Lot
  • Length: 4.3 km one way

The Bow Falls - Hoodoo Trail shows off incredible views of Mount Rundle and the Bow River. With challenging climbing and descending, this short singletrack can be ridden in either direction but is best ridden from north to south. Connect with the Tunnel Bench Loop for a longer ride.

Lake Minnewanka Trail

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Lake Minnewanka Day-use Area, kiosk at far end of Picnic Area
  • Length: 24.9 km one way

A favourite with the locals, the Lake Minnewanka Trail skirts along the scenic shoreline of Banff National Park’s largest lake. This narrow single track is punctuated by some technical sections and tough climbs that will get your heart pumping. Important note: due to wildlife activity, bikes are not permitted on this trail between July 10 and September 15.

Biking along the shores of Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, AB

Ross Lake

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Behind the Chateau Lake Louise staff residences
  • Length: 7.3 km one way

This singletrack trail begins near Lake Louise and takes you through sub-alpine forest to Ross Lake, a small lake nestled against an impressive rock wall in Yoho National Park. It is a mainly intermediate trail with a few short advanced sections. It can be ridden out and back or as a loop when connected with the Great Divide.

Moraine Lake Highline

  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Starting points: Small parking area on right, 2.5 km up Moraine Lake Road
  • Length: 9.3 km one way

Considered the best trail in the Lake Louise area, the Moraine Lake Highline will test the skills of advanced riders. The trail begins with a demanding climb, which rewards riders with incredible views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake.

Note: The upper section of the trail is closed to all users in mid to late summer when buffalo berries (an important food source for bears) are ripe. Check in with the Lake Louise Information Centre for closure dates and important information.

For more information on Biking in Banff & Lake Louise, see our Biking Page

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