Star Wars

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Star Wars is a super fun and flowy freeride trail with wooden features, huge bermed corners, and a big wall ride to boot. Built with the beginner to intermediate rider in mind, Star Wars is the perfect trail to take young riders on to introduce them to the sport of freeriding. Both young and old, beginner to expert, will have a blast riding laps on this kilometre-long descent. When combined with Return of the Jedi, the up track to the start of Star Wars, this loop is just over 2.5 km in length.

Star Wars was built in 2010 by the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (BVMBA) in partnership with Parks Canada, and is quickly becoming one of the most visited mountain bike trails in the Park. However, as the trail hasn’t seen regular maintenance, some of the features are starting to show their age. Please ride with care and make sure to check all features before rolling them. The BVMBA is planning to put some work into Star Wars over the next few years and the rumoured plan is that this track will become one of Banff’s first flow trails.

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Trail Stats

Distance: 2.5 km (full loop)
Time: 15 - 45 min
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Elevation Loss: 100 m
Min Elevation: 1,375 m
Max Elevation: 1,475 m
Technical Rating: Beginner - Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May - October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)

Trail Location

Trailhead: The trailhead is located off of Tunnel Mountain Drive, above the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Look for a small singletrack on the uphill side heading into the woods; it is now well marked with a sign pointing in the direction of the trailhead. Follow this for less than 30 metres to the start of the trail. A silver trail sign with “Star Wars” etched in on it and a wooden feature at the beginning of the trail indicates you are in the right spot.

GPS: N51.18196 W115.55268


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  • Cory harrison

    Cool snap shot.

    • Peter Oprsal

      Nice shot! Thanks for sharing.

  • Pete Irwin

    The trails are dry as a bone! Good times as always!

  • Pete Irwin

    Rode Star Wars/Return of the Jedi today. Super dry and super fun!

  • Peter Edward Knight

    Convinced by the 5-star rating, we 

  • Marc LeBlanc

    Site looks great bud!,keep up the good work + we’ll do the same on our end !!
    The boys are ALL stoked for “Dark Star” (tentative name) ,BIGGER,FASTER+++
    gonna be an EPIC summer !!
    Marc LeBlanc
    Blackbear Chimney Service

    • Peter Oprsal

      Thanks Marc!

  • Orage6615

    If you like this, you will love what the BVMBA Freeride Brigade is preparing
    for you on Black Star

    • Peter Oprsal

      Super stoked! Can’t wait for it!

  • Doug Topp

    Hey Paul, just an FYI/ quick note to advise that the second half of Star Wars loop (the up track) is called “Return of the Jedi”. 

    Thanks for all your work and for a great site, we are happy to have you noted on the BVMBA site.

    Doug Topp

    • Peter Oprsal

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