Best Trails Near Banff AB

Banff has 66 trails in the vicinity, including 33 for mountain biking and 22 hiking trails. These trails range from 0.4 to 91 miles in length. The longest trail in Banff is Allenby Pass a well-known trail measuring 91 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots, Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs and Plain-of-Six-Glaciers. Trails.com member Ryan recently completed Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots.

More information on the best trails in Banff can be found below.
  • Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

    7 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The trail through Johnston Canyon may be the most popular in Banff Park. Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its spectacular ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail through Johnston Canyon may be the most popular in Banff Park. Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety ...

  • Tunnel Mountain

    3 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, “the view will never be forgotten.” He went up Tunnel in 1900, his first ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, ...

  • Rock Isle Lake via Sunshine

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The long trudge up the road eventually brings you to the alpine larches and open country for which Sunshine Meadows is famous. The rest of the steep ascent to Rock Isle Lake is scenically delightful. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  10.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The long trudge up the road eventually brings you to the alpine larches and open country for which Sunshine Meadows is famous. ...

  • Johnston Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its waterfalls. The Lower Falls can be reached in 1.2 km. A narrow cave permits a ...
    •  1.25 hours
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its waterfalls. ...

  • Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A wide, well-graded trail leads to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. It is the path that Banff weatherman Norman Sanson took ...

  • Cascade Amphitheatre

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    This demanding route leads through pine forest with few viewpoints before you reach the Amphitheatre. After crossing Forty Mile Creek, you see three striking satellites of the Sawback Range: ...
    •  4 hours
    •  10.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This demanding route leads through pine forest with few viewpoints before you reach the Amphitheatre. After crossing Forty ...

  • Stoney Squaw

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Stoney Squaw is a locally well-known trail. In a park where most of the singletrack has long since been closed, it stands along as a great technical route. Total distance for this out-and-back ...
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Stoney Squaw is a locally well-known trail. In a park where most of the singletrack has long since been closed, it stands ...

  • Lake Minnewanka

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The trail is located at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. This trail provides both expert and intermediate riders with challenges and views galore. It is an out-and-back trail that can ...
    •  43.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail is located at Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. This trail provides both expert and intermediate riders with ...

  • Consolation Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    An easy, half-day stroll through a subalpine forest to a pair of sparkling lakes below the walls of Bident Mountain. Hike is located south of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, with views of ...
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy, half-day stroll through a subalpine forest to a pair of sparkling lakes below the walls of Bident Mountain. Hike ...

  • Plain-of-Six-Glaciers

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    An easy day hike with a moderate climb just before the turn around point. Hike location starts from the Chateau at Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Six active glaciers are observable from ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy day hike with a moderate climb just before the turn around point. Hike location starts from the Chateau at Lake Louise ...

  • Wenkchemna Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    A moderate day hike into a remote glacial valley, located southwest of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Special attractions include Moraine and Eiffel Lakes and Valley of the Ten Peaks, an ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    A moderate day hike into a remote glacial valley, located southwest of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Special attractions ...

  • Peyto Glacier

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    A strenuous day hike to the toe of Peyto Glacier spilling from Waputik Icefield.
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A strenuous day hike to the toe of Peyto Glacier spilling from Waputik Icefield.

  • Rundle Riverside & Banff Trails

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The Rundle Riverside trail runs from the Banff Springs Golf Course to the park boundary and its considerably more hard-core than most people expect with lots of roots and rocks and steep little ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    The Rundle Riverside trail runs from the Banff Springs Golf Course to the park boundary and its considerably more hard-core ...

  • Great Divide Trail: Sunshine to Highway 93

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Strenuous hiking on good trails with long climbs over three high passes Almost as popular as the Mount Assiniboine area is Egypt Lake in Banff National Park. The trails in the area attract quite ...
    •  23.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Strenuous hiking on good trails with long climbs over three high passes Almost as popular as the Mount Assiniboine area ...

  • Tunnel Mountain (Hoodoos) Trail

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    This is one of those well-hidden trails that have eluded many longtime locals. At the same time, it is one of the most pleasant rides in the immediate vicinity of Banff town site. It is short ...
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of those well-hidden trails that have eluded many longtime locals. At the same time, it is one of the most pleasant ...

  • Healy Creek

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Beginning along the urban pavement of Sundance Canyon Trail, Healy Creek eventually forgoes the pavement for a wide doubletrack. Along the route you get some good views toward the snowcapped ...
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning along the urban pavement of Sundance Canyon Trail, Healy Creek eventually forgoes the pavement for a wide doubletrack. ...

  • Siffleur Falls

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The trail is found along Highway 11, the David Thompson Highway, at the Siffleur Falls day-use area. This 3.84-mile out-and-back trail makes an excellent evening excursion for intermediate riders. ...
    •  3.84 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail is found along Highway 11, the David Thompson Highway, at the Siffleur Falls day-use area. This 3.84-mile out-and-back ...

  • Redearth Creek

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Redearth Creek separates the sheer faces of Pilot and Copper Mountains. While it is not a technically challenging ride, it does offer a pleasant way to roll your way through the mountains of ...
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Redearth Creek separates the sheer faces of Pilot and Copper Mountains. While it is not a technically challenging ride, ...

  • Cory Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Cory Pass is an arduous trip through craggy peaks, highlighted by awesome views of the nearby vertical slabs of Mt. Louis. Mountain sheep frequent the pass, which is often plugged with snow till ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Cory Pass is an arduous trip through craggy peaks, highlighted by awesome views of the nearby vertical slabs of Mt. Louis. ...

  • Harvey Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    It’s best to do this hike on a sunny day in late summer. Deep snow often lingers into July in Bourgeau Lake’s high shady basin and Harvey Lake may be frozen until August. Most of the way to Bourgeau ...
    •  5.5 hours
    •  12.1 miles
    •  Guide

    It’s best to do this hike on a sunny day in late summer. Deep snow often lingers into July in Bourgeau Lake’s high shady ...

  • Rockbound Lake

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Although the trail begins with a tedious trudge up a fire road, the valley back of Castle Mountain is filled with delights: the bright-green waters of Tower Lake, the deep-blue colours of Rockbound ...
    •  5 hours
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Although the trail begins with a tedious trudge up a fire road, the valley back of Castle Mountain is filled with delights: ...

  • Hoodoos from Bow Falls

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Although you can drive to the Hoodoos, there are bonus rewards if you take this trail: views of large Douglas firs, of the Fairholme Range, and of Mt. Rundle. Except for a few short sections, ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Although you can drive to the Hoodoos, there are bonus rewards if you take this trail: views of large Douglas firs, of the ...

  • Ross Lake

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    A sweet mountain singletrack winds from Lake Louise across Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide to Ross Lake. The lake is a pretty little tarn set at the foot of Narao Peak in Yoho National ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    A sweet mountain singletrack winds from Lake Louise across Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide to Ross Lake. The ...

  • Allenby Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Allenby Pass is a long, physically and technically difficult ride that is very rewarding for strong and skilled riders. Expect to encounter a bit of everything of this trail, including some rough ...
    •  6-9 hours
    •  91 miles
    •  Guide

    Allenby Pass is a long, physically and technically difficult ride that is very rewarding for strong and skilled riders. Expect ...

  • Devil's Gap

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Although the access is a bit on the rough side, this is the perfect way to spend a day riding singletrack through the awe-inspiring Devil's Gap. Towering limestone cliffs line both sides of this ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  27 miles
    •  Guide

    Although the access is a bit on the rough side, this is the perfect way to spend a day riding singletrack through the awe-inspiring ...

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