Distance: 14.6 km (return)
Time: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs
Elevation Gain: 247 m
Elevation Loss: 203 m
Technical Rating: Intermediate
Physical Rating: Moderate
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Park Pass
A sweet out-and-back singletrack trail that winds its way from Lake Louise to Ross Lake, this is an intermediate trail with a couple of short advanced sections that may be walked. The trail rolls along the sub-alpine forest and does not offer many views until you reach Ross Lake. Getting to the lake is worth the trip and so is the fun singletrack that takes you there.
The first 30 metres section of the trail is shared with horses; please stay aware and give right-of-way. Once you turn right at the Ross Lake junction, you’ll find that the trail has very little traffic and can be enjoyed almost entirely in seclusion.
Please stay BEAR AWARE when riding this trail. Carry bear spray and make lots of noise.
TRAILHEAD | N51 25.155 W116 13.027
N51 25.017 W116 12.655 (St. Piran Rd.)
N51 25.155 W116 13.027 (Trailhead)
bikepirate rating: 3 Skulls
The trail is an out-and-back, but may be done as a loop if you prefer to ride the old 1A road out or back. Once you arrive at Ross Lake, head up the trail for about 50 metres to the junction. Turn right and follow this trail out to the 1A. Do not go left; bikes are not allowed beyond this point. Once on the 1A head right (east) back to Lake Louise Drive.
If you’re not riding from town up the tramline trail (#2), then the best spot to park is just past the St. Piran road, which is the first right turn immediately after Deer Lodge hotel, in the public carpark. Don’t park on St. Piran as this is private property.