Elevation Gain: 150 m (220m from parking lot). 493m over 15 kilometers if you ride the whole loop (up road, up Upper, down the whole, schweet thing).
Great downhill run with some technical sections and some pretty fast spots too. Good for all types of riders and capabilities.
Upper Stoney starts with a couple hundred meters of climbing up really rooty hiking trail, it can mostly be ridden though it's a grunt, averages 10% grade (easy on pavement, not easy on roots). Upper Stoney downhill is very technical with rocky outcrops and all kinds of things that will do free dental work - that said I did it on a full XC bike with no significant problems.
Lower Stoney downhill is much more flowy but still technical. A good first run to get your groove on.
New GPS file as of June 2012 has the whole loop including road and the cut off to do just lower Stoney.
NOTE: Upper and Lower Stoney Squaw are the only legal bike trails in the Mt. Norquay area.
Winter: This makes a great snowshow from the entrance of the Norquay parking lot up a nice little trial to the Stoney Squaw peak. A couple spots offer great views of the Bow valley though it is mostly through the trees.
Follow the road up Mt. Norquay till you reach the big gravel parking lot at the base of the ski resort.
Lower Stoney: Ride past the chalet and past the first chair lift untill you see a small sign marking the trail on your right nearly at the second chair lift. If you cross a bridge right away you're in the right place.
Upper Stoney: Trailhead is just at entrance to parking lot from Norquay Road. Look to the right as you come into the main parking lot for a little wooden bulletin board with a roof.
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Posted By: BanffGPS
- Thu Oct 19 15:24:40 UTC 2017
QuestionThe summit of Stoney Squaw seems to be called Snow Peak on Google Maps. Snow Peak is a much more impressive peak near Burstall Pass on the border between Banff National Park and Kananaskis. See Chris Marry's post!
Stoney Squaw seems to be an unfortunate name in these times, but I do understand that in former times the nearby Cascade Mountain was called Stoney Chief.
I wonder how to get Google to make the correction.ANSWERS are in this forum: Confusing name on Google Map
Posted By: vvallis
- Fri Aug 29 15:40:20 UTC 2008
UpsideYou have two options: 1) ride Lower stony trail (40 mile creek) which is accessed just below the the Spirit chairlift or... 2) Starting from the Norquay parking lot there is a trailhead leading to the stony squaw summit. It's only about 2.2 km of technical climbing up roots and rocks then a wicked descent. This links up with the lower Stony squaw trail. Downsideriding the norquay road is boring... but always lots of wildlife :) Lots of bears around - make noise on the downhill CommentI love this trail and it's worth the bike/hike up to the summit if you like XC riding and want to work on techy skills. I rode this in the rain and less of the climb was ridable as the roots were slick. I was happy to have leg armor as the rocks and roots were super slick in the rain.
Lower stony (accessed by the chairlift) is super fun, fast and flowy. It easier and less technical than the summit. Barely any climbing if you keep your momentum ... except the road ride up of course.
Posted By: mike_t
- Fri Sep 15 15:50:35 UTC 2006
CommentIve been up there last year ive actually never road the trail! just curious where it ends up and starts ive walked around the ski resort i found the stony hikeing trail head..
Posted By: SarahW
- Sun Jun 11 21:56:43 UTC 2006
UpsideEasy access from town. You can shuttle or if your brave pettle up Norquay. And if you don't feel like doing the whole trail you can start in the parking lot and just do lower stoney. DownsideI don't think there is a downside. Beides if your doing upper stoney with a big bike it's a rough hike. Well it was for me it was my first downhill experience. CommentNow that I live in Langley I can't wait to get back to Stoney.
Posted By: DHucker
- Tue Mar 08 21:36:17 UTC 2005
UpsideFast Single track, wicked steeps and fast sections DownsideSharp rocks at the bottom of cliffs. Commentfun trail for any level of rider.