Distance: Over 20 km
Time: 1 – 4 hrs
Elevation Gain: N/A
Elevation Loss: N/A

Technical Rating: Beginner
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: No

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The Mount Shark mountain bike trails are a fun family excursion if you’re looking to explore the area on two wheels. Mostly made up of grass and gravel doubletrack, you’ll be riding on cross country ski trails not maintained for summer use, aside from the Watridge Lake Trail; therefore, watch out for deadfall and overgrown areas.

This system of trails offers rolling and scenic pedaling on wide gravel and fire roads. Follow the marked 10 km loop for a roller coaster of a ride up and down the grassy double track. The preferred option is to head out on the well-used and maintained Watridge Lake Trail (main trail) that takes you out towards Watridge Lake and beyond.

Although Mount Shark is open to mountain biking, we don’t recommend making a special trip out there for a ride unless you’re looking to explore the area with your family and prefer to do it on your mountain bikes.

TRAILHEAD | N50 51.554 W115 22.781

From Canmore, drive 39 km south on the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Trail (Hwy 742) which begins just past the Canmore Nordic Centre. Turn right on to Mount Shark Road and continue 5 km to the Mount Shark parking lot, where you will find the trailhead.

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