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 BNP 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. To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Banff, head south on TC1 into Canmore. Pass through the downtown district and up towards the Canmore Nordic Centre. Turn left on FS742 for 44 km along the Smith Dorrien Trail to the trailhead at Mount Shark. Unfortunately, this trail is subject to closure at the discretion of BNP rangers to protect brown bear habitat.
Overall, Bryant Creek Trail is the 6th most popular mountain bike trail of all 23 mountain biking rides in Alberta.