Allenby Pass

Banff, Alberta T1L 1A1

Allenby Pass

Allenby Pass Professional Review and Guide

"Allenby Pass is a long, physically and technically difficult ride that is very rewarding for strong and skilled riders. Expect to encounter a bit of everything of this trail, including some rough and rocky riding that will pound both you and your bike.

Closure of the Bryant Creek trail has turned this into an out-and-back ride and made the rewards a little less substantial than they used to be. Best to go only after a run of dry weather."

More Allenby Pass Professional Reviews and Guides

"The trail begins at the Mount Shark Trailhead, along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail within Kananaskis Country Provincial Recreation Area. This remote, 42.25 miles point-to-point or out-and-back ride provides expert riders with the opportunity to traverse some of the most spectacular wilderness in the Canadian Rockies.

It follows a combination of wide fire road, narrow singletrack, and rocky terrain. It is pleasant, exhilarating, horrible, and everything in between. The ride travels along Bryant Creek and provides constant views of Mount Turner's flat face to the left. As you pass the junction for Owl Lake, views to the right toward Cone Mountain and Mount Mercer open up."

Allenby Pass Reviews

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8/24/2002
A very long trip at 73.6 kms, want to cut 6 kms off start at the sunshine village interchange trailhead a few hundred meters off the highway. Only go after a dry spell of no rain or else it will be muddy. The trail is relentlessly rocky and rough but the scenery gets better as you go along. Allenby pass is beautiful when you finally get there. Bring an extra water bottle as there is only a couple places where you can drink. You have to get an early start, it took me 7 and a half hours of riding to get there and back not including a couple snack breaks and sightseeing at the pass.
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Trail Information

Banff
Nearby City
91
Distance
3,281 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
6-9 hours
Duration
July to mid-October
Season
4,593 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,874 feet
Top Elevation
Parks Canada Banff Information Center 403-762-1550
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Banff
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