Mountain Biking Guide in Jasper National Park 2011
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.
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Jasper National Park supports the use of bikes as a means of appreciating and enjoying the tremendous natural values preserved within the park. With hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails and numerous road riding options, biking is an excellent way to explore this special place.
- Trails range from easy to difficult and the biking season typically extends from May to October.
- Mountain biking in a national park comes with stewardship responsibilities. Riding non-designated or closed trails, building new trails, or riding off-trail displaces wildlife and destroys soil and vegetation.
- Mountain biking is allowed only on designated bike trails. It is your responsibity to know where you can and cannot legally ride.
- Avoid riding during extreme conditions; wet, muddy or very dry trails are more likely to be damaged.
- Help preserve the quality of our trails. Ride, don't slide - avoid skidding your tires by hard braking. Ride over obstacles, not around them. If obstacles are above your skill level walk your bike.
Bike Bear Aware
Share the Trail
Day Hiking Guide
- You are responsible for your own safety. Be prepared for a breakdown or accident. Know how to repair your bike and carry the tools and parts to do so.
- Choose rides that match your abilities. Be conservative - start with easier, short trails. Park staff or bike shop employees can help you select a suitable route.
- Wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.
- Bring extra food, water and clothing. Mountain weather changes quickly and it can snow any month of the year. Surface water may be contaminated with Giardia.
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you'll be back. Travel with others and keep your group together.
Bike Bear Aware
Cyclists are particularly susceptible to sudden, dangerous bear encounters because of the speed and silence of their travel. Slow down, stay alert and scan ahead. Yell and let bears know you are coming, especially when biking through dense vegetation, near streams, on windy days, or when approaching corners. Bear bells are not enough.
Bears & People: A Guide to Safety & Conservation on the Trail
Share the Trail
- The trails in Jasper National Park are all shared-use trails - expect to encounter hikers and horseback riders. Ride in control and be ready to stop at any time.
- When you approach a hiker, slow down and make your presence known with a bell or a friendly greeting.
- Bicycles are fast and quiet, and can easily spook horses. When approaching oncoming horses, move to the side of the trail, stop and allow the horse party to pass. When passing horses from behind, let riders know of your presence before you get too close, and ask for instructions.