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Level: Beginner
Length: 34 mi (54.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +843/868 ft
Total: 14 riders

Mountain Biking Lake Minnewanka

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#177 of 216 mountain bike trails in Alberta
#10603 in the world

This route mostly rides along a lake shore and has little elevation change but is beautiful and gets more tech as you near the far end of the lake. Winds along grassy hillside and forest above the lake shore. I didn't continue past the lake end as the trail toughened. Best legal singletrack in Banff NP.

Note: Trail is closed July 10 - Sep 15 each year for bear season.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Hwy 1 at east Banff interchange take Lake Minnewonka Rd north 6km to parking lot on north side of Minnewonka Dam. Ride thru the picnic area and boat launch to signed trailhead.
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  • Jeff Laplante

    Well maintained by Parks Canada, fun track with lots of variety - trees, some easy rocky sections and even a few small creek crossings. FUN! FUN! FUN!

    Would recommend for intermediate to advanced riders. In and out track.

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  • dpb1997

    The scenery is fantastic. The hikers drop off after 10-KM. The trail is easy to ride as in flows apart from the start/end which is a bit of a climb. It's an "in" and "out".

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  • chuckpelley

    We will have to make another attempt at this one. We found the trail signage confusing. It is on our bucket list as we have heard it is a beautiful ride.

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