Distance: 18 km (loop)
Time: 2 – 3 hrs
Elevation Gain: 401 m
Elevation Loss: 399 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: May – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
Pyramid Bench Trails are located near the Jasper town site and may be accessed directly west and north from town. The riding in this area varies from buff singletrack, doubletrack, to horse trail. Almost all trails in this area are rated intermediate (blue) and are best ridden on an x-country bike, making it a great place to explore for most riders. Be cautious of hikers and horses on these trails, they are very popular. If you see a trail that hasn’t had recent horse traffic on it, take it! The horse trails are generally rough, muddy, and rooty making it difficult to ride at times; best to avoid these when possible.
There are several short trails located in this area (#2, #6, and #8 and their corresponding letters), and all can be linked together with relative ease to form a few fun loops of varying length. It’s useful to note that all trails are well signed with a trail map at every intersection. This will help you navigate the fun network of trails without getting lost. And what’s even better is that there are a few laid out loops to start with; including Overlook Loop and Mina Riley Loop.
We’ve included a GPS track below, and as shown on the map, of a suggested route we rode; combining 2, 2D, 2B and 2H, avoiding 2e; not recommended due to heavy horse traffic. This fun and flowy loop of 18 km will take most riders 2 – 3 hours to complete. It combines a large number of the Pyramid Bench Trails into one great ride. However, if you’re adventurous or have ridden here before, have at it and create your own loop for maximum flow.
TRAILHEAD | N52 52.848 W118 05.236 (#2 TRAIL)
There are several access points to these trails throughout the town of Jasper. Our suggested route begins across from the Jasper Activity Center (pool and arena) and heads north along the number 2 trail, which connects with 15 (Pyramid Trail) and continues on connecting several sections of varying trails in the area. You can park, if you’re driving over, across from the Activity Centre right at the number 2 trailhead. A map at the trailhead will help you get oriented.
bikepirate rating: 3 Skulls
It is recommended that you avoid riding 2e, the Edge of the Bench (which is a section of 2b), in this area due to heavy commercial horse use. You’ll find it more interesting to choose another section of trail around; including 2h and 2i, which are super fun when combined with the Overlook on 2b.
More great cycling can also be accessed via this area using all the 8’s and 3’s trails. The trail up to Minnow or Saturday Night lake, (3) are really top notch, pine needle paths; great for the beginner to intermediate rider.
Tip: When looking at the Jasper biking map you will note that the light shaded brown area is commercial horse use.