Mountain Biking in Yoho

Exploring deep into Yoho's backcountry on the Amiskwi Trail
Exploring deep into Yoho's backcountry on the Amiskwi Trail

Within Yoho National Park, mountain biking is permitted on a variety of old fire routes that have been converted into trails, allowing riders to visit some areas of the park that are rarely reached on foot. Due to hiking traffic and the nature of the sensitive mountain ecosystem, some trails are not open to cyclists.

Trails Open to Bicycles

  • Great Divide route (to Great Divide) 3 km
  • (to Lake Louise) 10.5 km
  • Ross Lake trail (to Lake Louise) 8.3 km
  • Tally-ho trail 3 km
  • Amiskwi trail (to Otto Creek) 18.8 km
  • Kicking Horse trail 4.5 km
  • Otterhead trail (to Tocher Ridge junction) 9.8 km
  • Ottertail Valley trail (to warden cabin) 15.1 km
  • Ice River trail (to Lower Ice River warden cabin) 17.5 km

Riders should make sure to wear helmets, educate themselves about how to avoid bear encounters, and be wary of fellow hikers and bikers. Trail maps are available at the Park Information Centre at the entrance to Field.

If you're coming too far to bring your own bike, there are a few locations where you can rent a mountain bike.

Mountain Biking in Golden

The town of Golden, located west of Field outside the park boundaries, offers some of the best downhill and cross-country mountain biking anywhere.

Cross Country

Cross Country Mountain Biking at Canyon Creek, Golden, BC
The smooth weaving trail that follows the canyon edge along Canyon Creek.

Cross-country cycling enthusiasts can enjoy the extensive moonraker trails, well maintained by the passionate members of the Golden Cycling Club. A 50km trail system over mixed terrain, the moonraker network consists of 14 trails of the best cross country riding the Rockies have to offer. Little can compare with riding alongside Canyon Creek's steep 200m drop.

Downhill

Downhill mountain bikers have a few fantastic options in Golden.

The 4500 vertical feet of white knuckle downhill on Mt. Seven are popular with the more adventurous crowd. There a a variety of routes down the hill, including Dead Dog, which hosts the annual Mt. Seven Psychosis downhill event.

Downhill Mountain Biking on Mount Seven, Golden, BC
Hitting a bridge on Mount Seven

The alternating banks at the bottom of Snake Bite will leave riders anxious to get back to the top and do it all over again. Vehicular access to the summit via the Mount Seven fire road eliminates the need to make the 14km uphill pedal. The summit is also frequented by paragliders, who make the leap from the top and drift away with the winds and thermals.

In recent years, the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has opened its hill to riders in the summer, with convenient access to the summit on the newly installed Gondolas. Ride in style on the way up before hitting one of 27 machine groomed trails geared for beginners and technical riders alike. 3700 feet of vertical makes it the highest lift-accessible downhill trail system in North America. Bike and equipment rentals are available at the base.

Getting to Golden from Field

Take Highway 1 West out of Yoho National Park and through the Kicking Horse Canyon. Follow the directions below for access to each trailhead.

Directions to the Moonraker Trails

  • take the Hwy 95 turnoff left at Golden from Hwy 1, and exit onto Main Street
  • Turn right at the first street with Kicking Horse Mountain Resort signage, and follow Kicking Horse Trail 8 km
  • Turn left at Cedar Lake turnoff and continue 2km to Moonraker trailhead

Directions to the Mount 7

  • take the Hwy 95 turnoff left at Golden from Hwy 1, and exit onto Main Street
  • Continue on Main Street over the bridge and through town, past the CP Railyard
  • Turn left at Reflection Lake, where parking is available and the access road to the top of the hill begins

Directions to the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

  • take the Hwy 95 turnoff left at Golden from Hwy 1, and exit onto Main Street
  • Turn right at the first street with Kicking Horse Mountain Resort signage, and follow Kicking Horse Trail all the way to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort parking lot

Rentals

Mountain bikes may be rented at the following locations near Field:

Lake Louise

Wilson Mountain Sports

Golden

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort