Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Banff with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

easy, low hanging fruit with great views

We really liked this hike, but it’s mostly through the forest. Breaking out through the forest at the top is amazing, and there were a ton of pika- which are adorable.
We spent some time in the amphitheater watching the pika while we had lunch- they’re the reason I selected this trail. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a challenge - it’s a long climb uphill.

Pretty amazing experience, even with the severely diminished views due to the smoke. Pay close attention to which trails you take up to the summit, some get very hairy very fast. A couple who turned back ahead of me stated that they got charged by a bear, and while I didn't see anything, bear spray and a big group would be very helpful!

Nice little hike for city view

mountain biking
3 days ago

Harder than it seems. Trail is very bumpy closer to the Canmore side. Probably more of a fat tire ride than just a regular mountain bike... Very calm and peaceful though.

We reached the top in 3.5 hours. it's a hard hike if you are not fit. but if you are in a good condition you will be able to see the amazing view on Banff in few hours. Just be careful, you have to turn on the right just before the false summit. You have no sign on the trail and that's pretty sad. the way back into the forest is very boring. it will be challenging and you may be able to see some bears.

hiking
4 days ago

Very nice hike with some decent views. My 5 and 7 year old were able to do it no problem. Took us about 2 hours round trip from the bottom car park. A good workout for us not-so-experienced hikers!

Did this hike on July 14 2018. The hike up took only 30min and the view of Banff was nice. To be honest, I would never do it again unless someone in my group really wanted this off their bucket list.

I actually saw a jogger train on this hike and the hike itself isn't really challenging. I wouldn't have put this hike as moderate. Saw lots of older people complete this hike and it can be done with any skill level as long as you pace yourself.

FWIW, the sign said it is normally completed in 1-2hrs.

hiking
14 days ago

Gorgeous views. Not a super long hike. Constant steady uphill.

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy and flat. Short hike and not much for views. See a bit of the river at points.

Easy, historic and have a great view!

Moderately easy and quick hike with great views!

Very rewarding and decently easy hike. We did this in Februray so there was quite a bit of snow, especially at the summit, but the views were stunning. The trail was very slippery, so it took us longer than it should have. The trailhead is close to Banff so it's easy to get to and convenient! I would definitely do this hike again.

A good portion of this trail is paved, but I personally don't have any complaints about that. You still walk right past or through wetlands, lakes and forests.

In mid July the bugs are no joke, so there is a reason a majority of the reviews say to bring bug spray.

The end of the trail is extremely rewarding. once the paved portion ends, the scenery for the rest of the trail is spectacular!

The hike was harder and more rewarding than we had anticipated. The trail takes you from Norquay parking lot near the chalet down toward a stream (roughly 200m decent) before crossing a river and starting the long 3.6km ascent to the amphitheater which is very close to the summit. Many of the hikers we passed did the summit via an off shoot trail fork about 50m before the amphitheatre. We stuck to the main trail and were rewarded with a breathtaking view of the bowl of the Cascade Mountian peaks.
We came prepared for a climb but I found my poles to be very helpful and I recommend taking breaks because there are times where the path is very steep and takes a lot of muscle power to traverse. There were signs of bear in the area but we did not encounter any.

hiking
17 days ago

The walk was okay, didn't see anything but trees basically. Etreme amounts of mosquitos. We wanted to do the loop trail at first, but the signage wasn't so great so we ended up doing the trail and went back the same way.

Super easy I did it with a 2 year old on my back and a dog. Views are great! great for a beginner hiker!

hiking
18 days ago

This a a relatively easy hike with great views along the way up!

hiking
19 days ago

This is great for newcomers to banff. Start with this as a build up. This will get you used to the change in altitude and fitness you’ll need for Rundle or cascade. It can be done in 45-1hour or a speed run of 20minutes.

Good trail. Heavy traffic. Great views. Definitely worth the hike!

Getting to the trail via the paved road can be a bit dull and, although there are some nice views of the river, I would cycle this portion (there is a bike rack at the foot of the trail). The trail itself is quite enjoyable with great views of the cascading water and some fun hiking. Go early to avoid the crowds which started around 9am.

Really nice easy hike past the Fairmont golf course looking at Rundle and Cascade

walking
23 days ago

This was such a sweet little walk through the forest with lovely views of the bow river

Great trail to get us adjusted to the altitude with full day packs. A bit crowded, but the view of Rundle were great.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice straightforward hike in the town. A few parts are a bit steep but overall pretty straightforward. Lots of people on the trail and a nice view at the summit

hiking
26 days ago

Easy hike right in Banff! All levels and ages of hikers can do this one. Great activity to do if you're spending the day in Banff but don't want to go on a big, long hike, and don't want to drive far for it!

Good hike. Only downside is the paved portion. Trail is a little run down in the canyon part but still very enjoyable. If we were to do it again, we would have biked the paved portion as there is a bicycle rack at the foot of the canyon portion

27 days ago

Boring. Great for toddlers or senior citizens but if you're younger than 65, it's boring. Well maintained, flat with little rocks or roots to worry about tripping. Wind was up so mosquitoes weren't a problem for me but can see how others have noted due to marsh lands.

Great reward for minimal effort, nice views of the town of Banff.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice out and back for the family - great views and place to relax and enjoy at the summit. Suggest going early to avoid the crowds - as others have pointed out many people on the trail.

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