Cascade Fire Road

Banff, Alberta

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This well-known Banff trail stays busy year-round. In winter, cross-country skiers head up this valley, and in the summer months it's a favorite of horsepackers and mountain bikers. The trail is a 17.52-mile out-and-back, so be sure to bring along some repair gear. It's also a bouncy, bumpy ride that is likely to loosen a bolt or two. While the route is uphill for most of the outride, the views offer plenty of rewards for your hard work. As you pass a marsh at 2.1 miles, the Palliser Range comes into view to the right. After crossing the Cascade River bridge, the valley opens up with the ridge of Cascade Mountain to your left and the Palliser Range to your right.

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"This well-known Banff trail stays busy year-round. In winter, cross-country skiers head up this valley, and in the summer months it's a favorite of horsepackers and mountain bikers. The trail is a 17.52-mile out-and-back, so be sure to bring along some repair gear. It's also a bouncy, bumpy ride that is likely to loosen a bolt or two.

While the route is uphill for most of the outride, the views offer plenty of rewards for your hard work. As you pass a marsh at 2.1 miles, the Palliser Range comes into view to the right. After crossing the Cascade River bridge, the valley opens up with the ridge of Cascade Mountain to your left and the Palliser Range to your right."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 17.5
Elevation Gain: 656 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Late May to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,772 feet
Top Elevation: 5,428 feet
Local Contacts: Banff National Park, 403-762-1550
Local Maps: NTS O / Banff and 82 O / 5 Castle Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascade Fire Road

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May 2018