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    Great Divide Route (1A)

    Difficulty
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    Very Easy
    Duration
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
    1-2h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    19.9 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    113 m
    User Ratings
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    Overall Rating
    This is the average user-submitted overall rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.
    8.0
    Physical Difficulty
    This is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
    Technical Difficulty
    This is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
    Easy (Circle)
    Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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    Directions to Trailhead
    Panorama on Great Divide Route (1A) road biking route in Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies

    This bumpy bike ride follows a deteriorating, paved road from Lake Louise Drive along the retired highway 1A, now closed to vehicle traffic. Enjoy this peaceful ride past the great divide and into Yoho National Park.

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    Route Description for Great Divide Route (1A)

    Begin riding west from the Great Divide parking lot onto the paved Great Divide Trail. This trail is very bumpy, as the road is slowly being reclaimed by the forest.

    This is the old highway, which is now closed for vehicles. Enjoy some history as you ride through the forest towards the great divide monument.

    This trail has minimal elevation gain or loss until you reach the hill down to the Lake O’Hara parking lot, and is quite easy to complete. As you pass the divide and cross into British Columbia, you will be entering Yoho National Park.

    You will pass some small lakes as you approach the Lake O'hara Road, where bikes are not permitted. Turn around here and ride back the way you came.

    If you feel like you need to add more distance after this bike ride, try the Moraine Lake Road, which is a rewarding way to see one of Canada’s prime jewels. You can easily access the Moraine Lake Road from the same parking lot as this trail.

    Insider Hints for Great Divide Route (1A)

    • Bring your family on this easy and tranquil bike ride that goes from Lake Louise down to Yoho National Park.
    • Add on Moraine Lake road to work a little harder and receive a rewarding view at the end.
    • Arrive early, as parking fills up fast in summer!
    • Bring bearspray, as this bike ride is usually pretty quiet.

    Getting to the Great Divide Route (1A) Trailhead

    Our map starts at the Great Divide parking lot, which is the best situated parking lot for this route, and usually the last one to fill up in the morning. In summer, getting here after 8am means there is a chance it can be full.

    Route Information

    • Re-supply points

      None

    • When to do

      June - September

    • Level of Car Traffic

      None

    • Road Type

      Bike only

    • Family friendly

      Yes

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      Low

    • Route Type

      Out and back

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