Cruisy, cross-country fun! This easy guided group bike ride is perfect for all levels and ages!
Jasper has what might be the best trail system in the world. Ask any cyclist why they come back to Jasper, and you’ll likely hear that it’s because the park’s well-connected, well-maintained trails are the perfect way to actually experience nature while at the same time avoiding crowds.
The team at Freewheel Jasper will hook you up with the right gear so you can experience the outdoors with their fleet of new Kona bikes. Lead by owner, Wendy Hall, the planned group ride will will see you though three trail segments with an enjoyable break at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Trail segment 1: Bighorn Alley: Distance: 4.3 km one way Elevation gain: 33 m Named for the sheep attracted to the area, this is an easy route to Annette and Edith lakes. Formerly the graveyard trail, not for its danger quotient but because it passes the local cemetery, Bighorn Alley is smooth, wide and family friendly. Watch for traffic when crossing the highway and horse groups near Lake Annette.
Trail segment 2: Athabasca River: Distance: 3.0 km one way Elevation gain: minimal Trail 7. Sandy, soft and popular with young bikers for the bumps and jumps that break up an otherwise flat, meandering path. Splendid, turquoise views of Lac Beauvert are shared with hikers. Look for the osprey nest on the power pole beside the Athabasca River. Note that this trail is a horse route and often closed in spring for elk calving.
Beers & Bites: Riders will have a pit stop for pint and nacho's, provided by the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Enjoy the charm of the Emerald Lounge and patio before heading out for your return to Jasper townsite.
Trail segment 3: Red Squirrel: Distance: 1 km one way Elevation gain: minimal A sustained uphill back to town, bikers should be prepared to encounter other trail users on this wide, level trail. Enjoy river vistas and valley bottom views. Soft shoulders; take caution around corners.
For more information and trail maps for riding in Jasper, visit here. Experience riding with Jasper local's... and be prepared for a scenic group photo so you can show all your friends!