Stoney Squaw

Banff, Alberta

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Stoney Squaw is a locally well-known trail. In a park where most of the singletrack has long since been closed, it stands along as a great technical route. Total distance for this out-and-back is 2.16 miles and it is basically uphill to 1.08 miles, followed by a descent over the same route. The first views focus to the southwest toward the sparkling waters of the Vermilion Lakes. Some of the most famous photographs of Banff have been taken on the shores of these lakes, with the towering face of Mount Rundle (the major peak to the southeast) reflected in their waters. As you reach the high point on the trail, the views roll toward the Cascade Valley and Cascade Mountain to the north and the Fairholme Range in the east.
Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

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Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

by Ward Cameron (Ward Cameron Enterprises)

Stoney Squaw is a locally well-known trail. In a park where most of the singletrack has long since been closed, it stands along as a great technical route. Total distance for this out-and-back is 2.16 miles and it is basically uphill to 1.08 miles, followed by a descent over the same route. The first views focus to the southwest toward the sparkling waters of the Vermilion Lakes.

Some of the most famous photographs of Banff have been taken on the shores of these lakes, with the towering face of Mount Rundle (the major peak to the southeast) reflected in their waters. As you reach the high point on the trail, the views roll toward the Cascade Valley and Cascade Mountain to the north and the Fairholme Range in the east.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 604 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: Late May to late September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,576 feet
Top Elevation: 6,180 feet
Local Contacts: Banff National Park, 403-762-1550
Local Maps: NTS 82 O / 4 Banff; Banff Up-Close
Driving Directions: Directions to Stoney Squaw

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2009
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Great Shutte - If you find yourself in Banff needing some DH this is an excellent option and a great shuttle - riding Norquay Road an option but it's better to shuttle. DH is awesome - small climb at start once you cross bridge then follow tight and flowy single track to Highway. One steep s bend that's tricky and you'll need to check your speed. Also look for one feature - nice little jump with great landing for some hang time - too much air and you'll find yourself up a tree. For those that want a tight climb before the DH start at hiking trail up to summit - short steep single track adds some workout and extends your DH ride - watch for hikers as this is popular trail to summit with great view.


1/1/2002
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This trail sucks. I'ts a long eventless slog up the pavement to the parking lot of Norquay (it would be a nice ride on my road bike), then the trail is a long very rough and rocky twisty dusty trail with no views of anything other than what is two feet of your front tire. I enjoy being able to get up a bit of speed and not feeling like Popey at the end.



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May 2018