Banff, Alberta, Canada
A locals’ favourite and a classic Rocky Mountain ride, this sweet and scenic singletrack trail takes you along the shoreline of Lake Minnewanka. As it’s a very popular early-season ride and hike, expect a lot of hikers on the first few kilometres of trail in early May to June. Please remember to give hikers the right-of-way when mountain biking.
Lake Minnewanka trail is best described as a narrow rolling singletrack with a number of technical sections, a few creek crossings, and some amazing views along the shoreline of the lake. This is a must-do ride for anyone visiting the area to mountain bike and is best ridden in the spring or fall. Start early on the weekends to avoid the heavy hiker traffic.
Beware of bears. Lake Minnewanka is a popular area for bears and it is recommended that you ride with bear spray and preferably in a group. An annual summer closure to reduce encounters was enacted in 2011, closing this popular ride to bikers from July 10 – September 15
. Please respect this closure.