The Minnewanka Shoreline has been on my mountain biking hit-list for awhile now. I was fortunate enough to pick the nicest spring day of the year thus far, to tackle this popular 30km out-and-back trail in Banff National Park. Please note this trail has seasonal closures in place for cyclists. These closures occur between July 10 and September 15 each year. The trail remains open during that time for hiking and backpacking, it's just closed to bikers.
|The Stewart Canyon bridge that spans the Cascade River|
|The amazing view from the top of the climb. I believe that's Mount Inglismaldie on the opposite side of Lake Minnewanka.|
|Jeff descending a fun section of the trail|
|Ryan enjoying a taste of mountain biking|
|Jeff enjoying the beautiful scenery that's laid out before us|
|Just look at that backdrop!|
|Using this very narrow bridge to cross a stream|
|The boys entering one of the washed-out sections of trail|
|Admiring the view|
|Almost at the our turnout point|
|The Minnewanka Backcountry Warden Cabin|
In closing I just want to thank the five guys who accompanied me on this ride. My brother-in-law put this whole thing together as part of a Diaper Party he was throwing for me. Although this trail and the length we covered may have been a bit ambitious, it was great having you all along to enjoy the day with. All that work just made the post-ride beers all the more delicious! Thanks gents!!