Distance: 5 km (one-way)
Time: 1 – 1.5 hours
Elevation Gain: 186 m
Elevation Loss: 0 m
Technical Rating: Beginner
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: May – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
Follow in the footsteps – or trolley wheels – of travelers who, a century ago, were dropped off at the railway station and then ferried, by tram, on this 3% railway grade to the Chateau Lake Louise.
The tramline connects the village of Lake Louise with Chateau Lake Louise. This route provides a great way for families to explore the surrounding area on two wheels. For those looking for a little more adventurous mountain bike x-country ride, use the Tramway to connect to Ross Lake Trail or the Moraine Lake Trail.
The trail is a smooth and wide doubletrack great for cruising. However, for families with little ones, the climb up to Chateau Lake Louise may be a little too much. Instead, consider riding this trail down from the Chateau if your tykes are comfortable using their brakes. This will be a much more enjoyable ride. Or consider riding the low-grade Bow River Loop with next to no elevation gain as an alternative.
TRAILHEAD | N51 25.721 W116 11.331 (VILLAGE)
The trailhead is located at the Lake Louise Railway Station (now a restaurant), on the banks of the Bow River. Alternatively, look for it to start from the east end of the Lake Louise public parking lot.
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