Star Wars -> Return of the Jedi -> Top Notch

Banff National Park

A fun trail for everyone.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
8.1 km
Ascent
315 m
Descent
315 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.5 km
Gradient
Star Wars -> Return of the Jedi -> Top Notch Map

This trail is for everyone. You can really enjoy some great wood features on Star Wars. It heads down through the forest and pops out above the river where you get an amazing view of Rundle Mountain. The trail has wooden features and bridges on it, but everything you can roll over or ride around.

Description

You start your climb up Return of the Jedi as it snakes back and forth, with not much struggle. It is the Rockies, and there are a lot of rocks and loose dust on a hot day, so be aware of slipping and sliding.

Top Notch is a unique trail in the Rockies, where you will see a variety of terrain: some technical rock, some loose dirt, and some bridges and rock gardens. Everything has an option to go around except for the fun bridges that go over the big boulders. It will spit you out just by Star Wars and you can connect with Return of the Jedi.

Note: I do NOT recommend riding this trail, especially the wood features, when it is wet.

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September

Features

  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Drops
  • Jumps
  • Roots
  • Tabletops
  • Rock Rolls
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens
  • Wooden Feature