Best Banff National Park Mountain Bike Trails

The Banff National Park area has 12 mountain bike trails out of the 24 rides found in Alberta.

  October 18, 2018

Located in Alberta, the mountain biking in Banff National Park offers over ten good mountain bike trail destinations. The best Banff National Park mountain biking based on popularity are considered to be Alexandra River, Moraine Lake, Spray River / Goat Creek, Bryant Creek Trail, and Lake Minnewanka. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Banff National Park mountain biking trail below.

Where Can I Mountain Bike In Banff National Park?

FEATURED:  Alexandra River

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  October 18, 2018

North of Lake Lousie off the Icefields Parkway, the Alexandra River Trail is a rough and tumble mountain bike ride on abandoned roads leading to a spectacular, remote wilderness valley (21km / 90m). There are several challenging river crossings best done during low water seasons. Be ready for a little bushwacking.

FEATURED:  Moraine Lake

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  August 19, 2016

Just south of Lake Louise, the challenging Moraine Lake singletrack is a 10km route with 300m of climbing. It parallels Moraine Lake Road, and then climbs onto the shoulder of Mount Temple and then descends to Moraine Lake. The mountain bike trailhead is located on Moraine Lake Road.

FEATURED:  Ross Lake

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  June 29, 2016

Just west of Chateau Lake Louise, the 7 km route to Ross Lake is a nice mountain bike ride through undulating subalpine forest. The trailhead is hidden behind the Chateau above the Lake Louise townsite.

FEATURED:  Bryant Creek Trail

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  July 13, 2016

South of Banff and Canmore, the Bryant Creek Trail is a 51 km out-and-back mountain bike ride into the magnificent Rocky Mountain forest. The singletrack begins in Kananaskis Country Recreation Area, passes through Banff National Park, and end in Mount Assinboine Provincial Park. The first half of the mountain bike ride is relatively level. The latter half becomes steep and rocky as it crosses Assinboine Pass.

FEATURED:  Cascade

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  July 12, 2016

Located southeast of Banff townsite near Lake Minnewanka, the Cascade Trail (14km) runs up the protected Cascade River Valley, a wildlife corridor for mountain lions and wolves. The views of nearby peaks are breathtaking at every turn on this abandoned gravel road. This popular trail can get crowded daily by 10am so start early.

FEATURED:  Brewster Creek

  Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

  August 11, 2016

West of Banff, the Brewster Creek Trail follows gravel and dirt doubletrack up the Brewster Creek valley to Banff Sundance Lodge (30 km). A rugged and muddy singletrack continues beyond climbing 1000m up over Allenby Pass (21 km).