Cascade For Mountain Biking

The 10th most popular mountain bike trail in Alberta.

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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 10 a.m. so start early.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Banff, follow Banff Avenue east under the TransCanada Highway. Continue up a series of turns for several miles to the end of Lake Minnewanka Road and the trailhead parking area.

Looking for more adventure in the Lake Minnewanka area, then try the 8.2 km loop around Johnson Lake off Two Jack Road -- its got plenty of divesity with downhill runs and winding stretches. Or, check ou the Fourty Mile Creek Trail (8.9 km) starting from Lot 3 of Norquay Ski Area and heading towards Mystic Lake.

Overall, Cascade is the 10th most popular mountain bike trail of all 23 mountain biking rides in Alberta. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Cascade including Alexandra River, Moraine Lake, Lake Minnewanka, Spray River / Goat Creek, Redearth Creek and Rundle RiversidePipestone.


Local Contact(s):  BNP (403) 522-3833; Banff Tourism (403) 762-8421; Alberta Visitors (800) 661-8888; Backcountry Biking in the Rockies by Eastcott & Lepp (403) 249-9490; Mountain Majic, Banff (403) 762-2591; Gem Trek Recreation Map #5 (403) 932-4893

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike! Canadian Rockies" from Ward Cameron

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hostel International (403) 762-4122; Buffalo Lodge 762-2400; Brewster Lodge 762-2900; Ptarmigan Inn

Luxury Loding:  Banff Springs Hotel; Caribou Mountain Lodge

Breakfast Restaurant:  Melissa's

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  5410


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