Benchlands Trail Networks

Canmore, Alberta

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For many years this ride remained one of the secrets of Canmore's hard-core elite, but with the publishing of the Canmore Alberta Recreation Map in 1999, the secret is out. Riders from all areas are learning to appreciate the magic offered by this narrow singletrack network. While the distances can be varied, this sample loop stretches for 5.38 miles, but distances can be easily doubled by staying on the high line of the bench and winding all the way to the community of Harvey Heights. Along the way, the views are fabulous, highlighted by all the most famous peaks of the Bow Valley. As you emerge onto the bench, the views to the west are unobstructed, stretching from Mount Lougheed to the south all the way to Cascade Mountain to the north.
Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

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Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies

by Ward Cameron (Ward Cameron Enterprises)

For many years this ride remained one of the secrets of Canmore's hard-core elite, but with the publishing of the Canmore Alberta Recreation Map in 1999, the secret is out. Riders from all areas are learning to appreciate the magic offered by this narrow singletrack network.

While the distances can be varied, this sample loop stretches for 5.38 miles, but distances can be easily doubled by staying on the high line of the bench and winding all the way to the community of Harvey Heights. Along the way, the views are fabulous, highlighted by all the most famous peaks of the Bow Valley. As you emerge onto the bench, the views to the west are unobstructed, stretching from Mount Lougheed to the south all the way to Cascade Mountain to the north.

©  Ward Cameron/Ward Cameron Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Canmore
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 751 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Late May to mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,497 feet
Top Elevation: 5,248 feet
Local Contacts: Tourism Canmore / Kananaskis, 403-678-1295
Local Maps: NTS 82 O / 3 Canmore; Canmore Alberta Recreation Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Benchlands Trail Networks

Recent Trail Reviews

8/27/2001
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I've been in the Canmore area for a few years now and have yet to fully discover the full extent of the Benchlands trail in Canmore. The description really says it all about this trail. It's a real grunt to get on the bench but once on top the ride is truely amazing. Rumour has it that the trail is considered for closure in 2002 due to pressing human / wildlife issues in the area.



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