Distance: 11.3 km
Time: 1 – 2 hrs
Elevation Gain: 105 m
Elevation Loss: 134 m

Technical Rating: Beginner
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)

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This fun family trail takes you out along the rushing Spray River and back to Banff. I suggest that you start at the Fairmont Banff Springs, as the trailhead is well marked and easier to locate. The trail is all doubletrack and connects to Goat Creek if you decide to be adventurous and ride to Canmore.

Ride Spray River as an easy loop, or an out-and-back; the choice is yours. The trail is an easy pedal and exposes you to some great views of the surrounding mountains. This is a multi-use trail; therefore, please yield to pedestrians and equestrians.

In 2014 the Spray River Loop received a new pedestrian bridge on the south end of the loop, replacing the bridge washed away in the June 2013 floods. The new bridge was built to last, allowing one to continue to loop this scenic, family-friendly ride.

TRAILHEAD | N51 09.650 W115 33.572 (FAIRMONT)

The Fairmont Banff Springs trailhead is located at the back of the hotel. Drive/ride straight through the roundabout towards the parking garage. Keep going past the parking garage to the small carpark at the end of the road. The trailhead is well marked and starts right from the south end of the parking lot.

To access the trail via the Bow Falls parking lot, park at Bow Falls and ride over the golf course bridge. The trailhead is about 200 metres on your right once you cross the bridge. It’s not as well marked; keep your eyes open.

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