Banff, Alberta, Canada
Cascade Trail is a true backcountry adventure as it takes you well away from civilization. Best ridden in the fall, Cascade is a scenic ride that can be enjoyed by novice riders and families. An out-and-back, one has the option to turn around at any point to return to the Upper Bankhead parking lot.
This ride is an enjoyable cruise along a former fire road, now doubletrack, taking you towards Stony Creek. The ride starts with a sustained climb, which eases at about the 4 km mark. The rest of the ride along the doubletrack is undulating with no huge elevation gain. Ride in groups and carry bear spray as the trail takes you well into the Cascade Valley, prime bear habitat.