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Recommended Routes in Southwestern Alberta - 11

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Favorite Switchback on Strange Brew
Intermediate

Goldilocks Loop

6.1 mi 9.8 km 1,181' Up 360.11 m Up 1,180' Down 359.75 m Down

Calgary, AB
Favorite One of the bigger/faster (unbanked) bends
Intermediate

Southern Flow

11.7 mi 18.8 km 2,084' Up 635.32 m Up 2,082' Down 634.72 m Down

Calgary, AB
Favorite Smiles for miles on the tail end of the ridge ride before the berms.
Difficult

Moosepackers Loop

16.0 mi 25.8 km 3,509' Up 1069.45 m Up 3,508' Down 1069.31 m Down

Calgary, AB
Favorite Mid-July afternoon ride on the Jumpingpound Loop.
Intermediate

Jumpingpound Loop

5.9 mi 9.5 km 565' Up 172.08 m Up 566' Down 172.52 m Down

Cochrane, AB
Favorite Looks easy from this side. ;-)  Prairie Creek trail.
Difficult

Powderface Short Loop

7.5 mi 12.1 km 1,209' Up 368.48 m Up 1,217' Down 370.79 m Down

Black D…, AB
Favorite Looks easy from this side. ;-)  Prairie Creek trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Powderface Loop

12.8 mi 20.6 km 2,016' Up 614.37 m Up 2,025' Down 617.29 m Down

Black D…, AB
Favorite One of the bigger/faster (unbanked) bends
Intermediate

Ridge Ranger Loop

8.8 mi 14.1 km 1,477' Up 450.19 m Up 1,477' Down 450.06 m Down

Calgary, AB
Favorite The finale of Braggin Rights
Intermediate

Northern Flow

5.8 mi 9.3 km 1,000' Up 304.79 m Up 1,000' Down 304.74 m Down

Calgary, AB
Favorite A view of Baldy on the other side of the lake.
Difficult

Prairie View - Jewell Pass Loop

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,838' Up 560.27 m Up 1,838' Down 560.26 m Down

Canmore, AB
Favorite Sign indicating Let It Roll (aka LeBen) trailhead - this lets you know you are on the right track!
Difficult

Grotto Mountain Trails Tour

8.2 mi 13.2 km 1,504' Up 458.28 m Up 1,519' Down 463.07 m Down

Canmore, AB
Favorite The trail drops down to the Bow River
Intermediate/Difficult

Tunnel Mountain Loop

13.4 mi 21.6 km 511' Up 155.75 m Up 511' Down 155.75 m Down

Banff, AB

Southwestern Alberta Biking

  • 376 Miles 605 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 15 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 87 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 38 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Alberta - 129

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1.9 mi 3.1 km #1Prairie Link Trail
Intermediate
Black Diamond, AB
Intermediate
Black Diamond, AB
5.4 mi 8.7 km #2Powderface Creek Trail
Difficult
Black Diamond, AB
Difficult
Black Diamond, AB
19.8 mi 31.9 km #3Powderface Trail
Easy
Black Diamond, AB
Easy
Black Diamond, AB
5.8 mi 9.3 km #4Prairie Creek Trail
Intermediate
Black Diamond, AB
Intermediate
Black Diamond, AB
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Star Wars
Intermediate/Difficult
Banff, AB
Intermediate/Difficult
Banff, AB
2.7 mi 4.4 km #6Top Notch
Difficult
Banff, AB
Difficult
Banff, AB
4.0 mi 6.4 km #7The Toe
Difficult
Banff, AB
Difficult
Banff, AB
4.6 mi 7.3 km #8Tunnel Bench Loop
Intermediate
Banff, AB
Intermediate
Banff, AB
2.8 mi 4.5 km #9Surprise Corner to Hoodoos
Intermediate/Difficult
Banff, AB
Intermediate/Difficult
Banff, AB
4.5 mi 7.2 km #10Prospector Trail
Difficult
Canmore, AB
Difficult
Canmore, AB

Photos of Southwestern Alberta - 35

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Smiles for miles on the tail end of the ridge ride before the berms.
Apr 24, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
This section used to be waaaaaay steeper.  Prairie Creek trail.
Apr 26, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
Looks easy from this side. ;-)  Prairie Creek trail.
Apr 26, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
Admiring the view from Bobcat
May 10, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
A technical feature to distract you from the river view
May 10, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
Merlin View berms
Oct 12, 2014 near Cochrane, AB
Quarry Lake
Jun 9, 2015 near Canmore, AB
One of the bigger/faster (unbanked) bends
Dec 29, 2017 near Cochrane, AB