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Banff Area Biking
Banff Legacy Trail (East/West) 26 km - Easy
STARTING POINTS: Valleyview Picnic Area, Cascade Ponds, Vermilion Lakes, East end of Banff Avenue
With 26 kilometres of paved trails and roadways, breathtaking views and picnic areas along the way, the Banff Legacy Trail is a superb option for families and cyclists of all levels of experience. From the Town of Banff, the Banff Legacy Trail provides cyclists with two options: heading East toward the Banff National Park gates, a route which parallels the TransCanada Highway and spectacular Mount Rundle, or heading West along Vermilion Lakes to link up with the Bow Valley Parkway.
Tunnel Bench Loop 5.7 km - Moderate
STARTING POINTS: Hoodoos Lookout Parking Lot or Tunnel Mountain Campground The Toe 7.9 km
One of Banff ’s most popular rides, the Tunnel Bench Loop contours the top of Tunnel Mountain and offers fantastic views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. Great for all levels, this entry-level singletrack can be ridden in either direction. Some vertical exposure provides a bit of excitement, which is easily averted by walking your bike. Extend your ride by linking this trail with The Toe or the Bow Falls – Hoodoos Trail.
The Toe 7.9 km - Difficult
STARTING POINTS: Hoodoos Parking Lot or Tunnel Mountain Campground
The Toe is a winding, narrow single-track that features exceptional views and an exhilarating mix of challenging and exposed technical terrain for intermediate and advanced riders. It offers a great extension to the Tunnel Bench Loop and can be ridden in any direction.
For maps and more information about biking trails around Banff visit http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Things-To-Do/Summer-Adventures/Biking
Lake Louise Biking
Bow River Loop 7.1 km loop - Easy
STARTING POINTS: Lake Louise Campground or Bow River Bridge opposite Lake Louise train station
This beautiful riverside trail is a short, easy ride that follows both sides of the Bow River. The Bow River Loop is ideal for families or beginner riders and can be shortened by cutting across any of the bridges along the way.
Bow Valley Parkway 30 km Lake Louise to Castle Junction - Moderate
STARTING POINTS: Castle Junction or Lake Louise
Beginning in Lake Louise or Castle Junction, the Bow Valley Parkway winds its way through forest with open views of the Bow River and impressive peaks such as Mount Temple. This active wildlife corridor offers many interpretive exhibits, trailheads for hiking and picnic areas. Amenities are available at Castle Junction, Baker Creek, and in Lake Louise.
Ross Lake 7.3 km one way - Difficult
STARTING POINT: Behind the Chateau Lake Louise staff residences
This singletrack trail begins near Lake Louise and takes you through sub-alpine forest to Ross Lake, a small lake nestled against an impressive rock wall in Yoho National Park. It is primarily an intermediate trail with a few short advanced sections, and can be ridden out and back again or as a loop when connected with the Great Divide.
For maps and more information about biking trails around Lake Louise visit http://www.banfflakelouise.com/Things-To-Do/Summer-Adventures/Biking