Distance: 3.9 km
Time: 20 min – 45 min
Elevation Gain: 35 m
Elevation Loss: 253 m
Technical Rating: Advanced
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
Lower Stoney Squaw is a very popular trail located in Banff National Park on Mt. Norquay, just minutes from Banff town centre. The trailhead is near the Norquay ski hill parking lot, making it accessible by vehicle and suitable for downhill bikes. However, you’ll have as much fun on your all-mountain or x-country bike as you would barreling down this trail on your big rig. The trail is narrow, rocky, and very rooty near the bottom half of the track. It can be ridden fast, or at your own speed, and is loads of fun for the intermediate to advanced rider.
Lower Stoney has slowly eroded over the years of use and has seen better days. The trail remains a fun-filled technical adventure down towards the base of the mountain, but now runs rougher from start to finish. Make sure to carry a spare tube and take your time if this is your first time descending this trail.
Watch out for bears and horses on this fast, technical descent and please be sure to close the fence gate behind you at the bottom of the trail.
Please note: Upper Stoney Squaw and Lower Stoney Squaw are the only legal bike trails on Norquay. Please do not ride on unmarked trails.
TRAILHEAD | N51 12.491 W115 36.077
Drive or ride up Norquay Road until you reach the big gravel parking lot at the base of the ski resort. Ride past the chalet and past the first chair lift until you see a small sign marking the trail on your right-hand side, about 1.5 km down the ski area service road, located at the fork in the gravel road.
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Lower Stoney may be shuttled and therefore classifies as a Downhill trail. Drive up Mount Norqauy Road to the gravel parking lot at the base of the mountain. Park your car and ride about four minutes to the trailhead located past the first chair.
Please Note: Upper Stoney and Lower Stoney Squaw are the only legal bike trails in the area. Please do not ride on unmarked trails.