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Moraine Lake/ Ross Lake

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Moraine Highline is rated difficult as it has lots of rocks and roots along a narrow singletrack. Not much elevation change but from the lake there is a fast, treacherous downhill on the last 1/3 of the trail before it hits the road. At Morain Lake road, go toward Lake Lousie road and pickup Tramline trail to Lake Louise and Ross Lake trailhead is behind Chateau employee housing. From Ross you can rest on Great Divide going back toward Lake Louise Road to go back up to Moraine. In the height of summer tourist season we never saw another bike on these trails. Scenery was breathtaking but yell alot to keep bears away.
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Latitude
51.42624
Longitude
-116.17797
Trail Directions
Start at Moraine Lake Highline trailhead on hillisde of Moraine Lake parking lot. Check for seasonal closures
Trail Length
10km + 7.3km
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lake Louise
State/Territory/Province
Banff Nat'L Park, Alberta
Country
Canada
   


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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 28, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wedelmaster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is for the Ross Lake Trail, which starts up behind the staff accom behind the Chateau Lake Louise. Fun, rolling singletrack that can be ridden pretty fast (but make some noise to prevent surprising bears). A few rocky sections are a bit slower and more technical and there are 2 creek crossings that are a bit rough (and slippery due to shady north-facing exposure), and then a loose/rocky downhill before a final flat bit to Ross Lake.

Not much in the way of views until you get to Ross Lake, the trail itself is 90% forest riding and is cool and mossy. This trail would be fun for upper-beginner level riders and above. Climbs are very short. Only the rocky sections are somewhat challenging. All in all, a fast flowy 7km ride.

Recommended Route:
We parked at the Lake Louise Train Station parking lot down in the valley. Cross the bridge over the Bow River and follow the 3% grade Tramline Trail to Lake Louise to get the legs warmed up (about 5km).

The Ross Lake trailhead isn't the easiest to find. R of the hotel, there is a path that goes up past some horse corrals, go up the path, bear L and follow the road so that you head back towards the hotel, but are behind it and above the parkade. Follow a gravel road uphill to the R, then just before an older-looking staff accom building turn R on a dirt doubletrack then follow signs.

From Ross Lake, there is a fast 1.5 km downhill (not signed...R at the junction just up from the lakeshore) to the old 1A highway, turn R & follow this paved road back 7.5 km (mostly flat, some short ups) towards Lake Louise and you'll hit the road going to the Chateau. L down the road for about 1.5 km and just past the Moraine Lake Road the Tramline trail crosses the road. L back down the Tramline Trail for a fast cruise down the 3% grade. Make some noise for bears and people walking.



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Review Date
August 11, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: luth ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is for the Moraine Lake Trail.
Nice singletrack with moderate amount of elevation gain and technical difficulty. Worth doing for rolling downhill sections on return and fun sidehilling on either direction - do it as an out and back. There are some rocky and rooty sections, but most of the trail is pretty cruisy. Good one to take your out of town friends on (who know how to ride a bit) as the views of Constellation Valley and Moraine Lake are very nice.

Recommended Route:
Follow the tram line trail to warm up on out of Lake Louise, then follow Moraine Lake Road for a couple of kms. to the actual trailhead on the right. Once you are on the trail it is fairly evident as it contours around to the west side of Mt. Temple overlooking the road and the mentioned views. Expect to take around 2-3 hours for the out and back.



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