Hiking Trails in Banff

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  • mjbernatz
    Rolesville, NC173 contributions
    My wife and I hiked this trail on a sunny day during a visit to Banff. We are in our mid-50’s and did not have any problems getting to the top. There are great views from multiple points along the trail. Took about an hour to get to the top.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • PaulaDDuck
    Toronto, Canada191 contributions
    It had snowed overnight, so the surrounding trees and some of the trail were snow covered, so it was handy to have proper hiking boots and poles. It is a steady upward climb. As we neared the top, the wind and snow increased; however, we were lucky that shortly thereafter, the wind dropped, the snow stopped and a glimmer of sun appeared on the Saskatchewan glacier, the valley, the waterfall and surrounding peaks. Soon the wind and snow picked up again. It took us about 2 hours round trip including stopping for pictures. Well worth the effort!
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Sharon R
    Tucson, Arizona227 contributions
    This is a very special walk because of the river, mountains and snow. It is so green. There are three Hoodoos which are a bit difficult to see and they are sand colored. Fun walk but it is a bit of a challenge to get to the top.
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Adam K
    Red Deer, Canada99 contributions
    We have ridden this trail several times now and love the trail! It is well maintained and features some spectacular views.

    This trip was cut short due to a mechanical failure of one of our riders who unfortunately had a tire explosion that resulted in him going over the bars, hitting his face on the pavement and breaking his arm just below the shoulder. I was surprised and VERY disappointed to hear that one of the oncoming riders told him to "move off the trail cause he was blocking traffic" when he had just crashed and was in a great deal of pain.

    There are unfortunately some people on this trail that think they are training for the Olympics and the rest of us are just in their way - so be careful. There were three different incidents that day which resulted in the ambulance being called (I was in the emergency room to witness it).

    On a side note: one of the first people to stop was a paramedic, another that stopped was a doctor and two others who helped clean the scene worked at the hospital - so you don't seem to have to wait too long for some quality help. We always carry a First Aid kit when biking/hiking - I would suggest having at least the basic necessities.

    Keep to the right of the trails. Use your bells. Watch out for others - they may not be watching out for you!
    Written 16 August 2021
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  • JFLeBlanc
    Moncton, Canada3,316 contributions
    Recently hiked this small, simple trail. Very cute trail but didnt have much views to look at. But it was nature at its best. Recommended if you are looking at something small amd simple.
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Pinkdresses
    Edmonton, Canada164 contributions
    Please be prepared with bear spray and bells. We heard a bear on the beginning of our hike and luckily were close by to other groups who also wore bells and visible spray. Better to be over-prepared than risk it! There have been sightings over the last few weeks as per All Trails as well.

    Not a path for simply running shoes but we did see it.

    Blizzard at the top of Cirque peak (beyond Helen lake). You should definitely continue on to get a beautiful view of Helen Lake.
    Written 10 August 2020
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  • tsullivanmd3
    Chantilly, VA15 contributions
    An excellent hike worthy of the effort required on a very difficult trail. The initial climb up Cory Pass is long and steep after which the pitch flattens some although still a ways to the summit. The trail is poorly marked so strongly advise access to online trail app to help stay on track. We did not have such and got off track; luckily connected with others who had such access and made a world of different.
    There is a long hike along ridge line with superb views and several rock scrambles including a steep downward section. We are 68 and able to finish the loop although a bit slower than most.

    Along with the suggestion to have access to a trail app I would also advise not doing in inclement weather as trail would be very slippery.
    Written 9 October 2019
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  • Pinkdresses
    Edmonton, Canada164 contributions
    We experienced a blizzard at the peak but it was worth the views below.

    We left early to start our hike and on our descent (in the afternoon) it became quite congested.
    Written 10 August 2020
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  • dadn_lalonde
    Sudbury, Canada3 contributions
    Nice flat run route close to town of Banff if you are looking to do something different than mountain climbing. Not a big fan of the whole horse riding thing or the crap they leave everywhere - so get ready to dodge the piles. On an another note, ran into a young male Elk and the route is partially along Bow river which is nice.
    Written 16 July 2021
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  • buttercup1211
    Winnipeg, Canada1,598 contributions
    We took this trail after having lunch and it was a perfect way to spend an hour or so just walking along the river. The falls at the end of the trail is a nice treat. Super easy, flat walk but can get a bit crowded. We took the trail on the left side and it was much quieter.
    Written 3 October 2020
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  • Justin C
    Alberta, Canada181 contributions
    My wife and I walked this trail on a weekday during an Alberta staycation while staying at the Banff Springs. The trail was easily accessible within walking distance, as the trailhead was just to the south of the hotel parkade.

    The trail is a 12km loop around the Spray River, with a clearing and picnic area at a bridge at the half way mark. There was a fair amount of elevation gain/fall with the walk. We walked the trail in late October, there was a thin layer of packed snow on the trail from frequent use and occasional bare areas of gravel.

    Lots of signs of wildlife around - human footprints were interspersed with lots of footprints of other fauna. Two other hikers waved us off from doing the east side of the trail after showing us a picture of a rather fresh looking bear footprint!

    I look forward to doing this trail again in the future either on my mountain bike or a rented fat bike!
    Written 1 November 2020
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  • Tom C
    Winnipeg, Canada59 contributions
    This was the first day of a four day hike through to Sunshine via Egypt Lake.
    The scenery is stunning and well worth the hike.

    The campground is good, with a nice food preparation area with bear lockers far from the campsites.
    Water is available from the lake, the area farther down from the food prep area is the easiest spot to get water from.

    This is a steep climb - 8.17km, 688m gain based on a crappy old phone.
    Written 6 August 2019
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  • Andrew R
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada68 contributions
    My Sister Dad and I went here for the Very First time and we had a half day and Just Skied to the First Cascade Bridge but just as Fun and Skied a few Minutes Beyond the Bridge and Beatuiful but might Still Climb Easy but Didn't make it to the Cabin as that was 12 to 13 km One way and First Bridge only 6.6 Km but Return trip would take too long and a full day ski. The Downhill on Return near t Bridge and was fun you can ski just to the first one and go a little distance and turn back Anytime. But the First Bridge area and through the forest is just as interesting trail starts at lake Miniwanka Parking lot Area at Locked gate on the left.
    Written 28 December 2019
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