Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs

Banff, Alberta

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A wide, well-graded trail leads to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. It is the path that Banff weatherman Norman Sanson took weekly from 1903 to 1931 to record meteorological data in the observatory that stands at the summit of what is now Sanson Peak. The site provides an excellent overview of the Banff area. A gondola follows above the trail, providing an alternative access to the teahouse on the ridge of Sulphur Mountain, 400 m from Sanson Peak. At the time of writing, passengers pay to ride up, but anyone can go down the gondola without charge. Mountain sheep frequent the summit.
Day Hikes Near Banff

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Day Hikes Near Banff

by Don Beers (Rocky Mountain Books)

A wide, well-graded trail leads to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. It is the path that Banff weatherman Norman Sanson took weekly from 1903 to 1931 to record meteorological data in the observatory that stands at the summit of what is now Sanson Peak.

The site provides an excellent overview of the Banff area. A gondola follows above the trail, providing an alternative access to the teahouse on the ridge of Sulphur Mountain, 400 m from Sanson Peak. At the time of writing, passengers pay to ride up, but anyone can go down the gondola without charge. Mountain sheep frequent the summit.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 7.1
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

5/26/2009
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A great hike. My wife and I felt it to be extremely challenging and exuberant. The weather was comfortable for the hike, no rain and off we went. The bottom of the trail was mostly dry, snow and ice free. The upper half was just the opposite. Nonetheless we made it to the top in just under 2 hours which was our goal. No wildlife was seen on the trip up although we did see a few bear footprints. The view from the top of the gondola was awesome! We stayed on top for about fifteen minutes before getting a well deserved free 8 minute gondola ride down. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone looking for a moderately difficult hike. Mike and Sue from Los Angeles and pushing early 50's.


5/5/2008
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Trail was snow covered and slippery, there was avalanche danger present (Class 1 terrain). Not recommended for new hikers, especially until full melt. Unusually snowy for this time of the season



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May 2018