Distance: 2.5 km (full loop)
Time: 15 – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 100 m
Elevation Loss: 100 m
Technical Rating: Beginner – Int.
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
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.
TRAILHEAD | 51.18196 W115.55268
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.
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