Assiniboine Pass Trail For Mountain Biking

The 19th most popular mountain bike trail in British Columbia.

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Southwest of Banff, the 5,100 hectare roadless MAPP is home to the 3,600m Mount Assiniboine which resembles the Matterhorn. The 25km (one-way) Assiniboine Pass Trail climbs 520m up to Lake Magog, in the northern shadows of Mount Assiniboine. This is the only trail in the park open to bikers.

To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Vancouver, follow TransCanada Highway 1west into Canmore. Follow Spray Reservoir Road (near the Canmore Nordic Center) south for 15km. Turn right onto Smith Dorian Highway and continue for 39km. Follow Shark Mountain turnoff for another 7km to the trailhead parking area in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Follow the Karst Trail to Watridge Lake. From there, follow the trail around the northeast shore. Pick up the trail along Bryant Creek to Assiniboine Pass.

Overall, Assiniboine Pass Trail is the 19th most popular mountain bike trail of all 46 mountain biking rides in British Columbia.


Local Contact(s):  MAPP (250) 422-4200; BC Visitors (800) 435-5622; Canadian Tourism (800) 577-2266

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

Best Season:  August

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Assiniboine Lodge (403) 678-2883

Luxury Loding:  Mount Engadine Lodge at Mount Shark base (403) 678-4080

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  9118


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