banff national park Trails

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Trans Canada Highway: Golden to Lake Louise :: Golden, BC

This 82-kilometer (49-mile) drive, starting where the Revelstoke to Golden drive (Drive 17) leaves off, is a spectacular mountain drive through BC’s gateway to the famous Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks. From the recreation-oriented town of Go

Kootenay Parkway: Bow Valley to Radium Hot Springs :: Radium Hot Springs, BC

The Kootenay Parkway is a 100-kilometer (60-mile) drive through Kootenay National Park, one of BC’s two Rocky Mountain national parks. Although lesser known than Banff National Park to the east, Kootenay is every bit as beautiful. Along the way, High

Clearwater Valley :: Nordegg, AB

This is a long valley-bottom ride that offers relatively easy but unexciting access into the remote and beautiful Clearwater Valley east of Banff National Park.

Saskatchewan Trail :: Banff, AB

This trail lies along Highway 11, west of Saskatchewan River Crossing in Banff National Park. This short 4.74-mile beginner loop trail takes you along the swift banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Following the routes of the early explorers, th

Plain-of-Six-Glaciers :: 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 a safe distance. The trail to the Plain-of-Six-Glaciers is

Owen Creek Gorge :: Nordegg, AB

Even though Owen Creek is technically 100 meters within the Banff National Park boundary and therefore beyond the parameters of this book, we have included this quick scramble since its deep gorge and churning waters are of considerable interest.

Whirlpool Ridge :: Nordegg, AB

A steep, exhilarating climb carries you above the treeline to the top of Whirlpool Ridge for an unparalleled view of Whirlpool Point, Mount Peskett and the entire western portion of the North Saskatchewan River valley. The glaciers and snowcaps of Ba

Hector Lake :: Banff, AB

A short day hike - with a major river ford - to the shores of a large, glacier-fed lake in the Bow Valley, just west of the Icefields Parkway, about 11 miles (18 km) north of the junction with the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. Highl

Twin Lakes :: Banff, AB

A moderate one- or two-night backpacking trip to a pair of high lakes nestled in nearly identical settings against the eastern face of Storm Mountain, located just southwest of Castle Junction on the western border of Banff National Park. Most veter

Paget Peak :: Golden, BC

A short, steep climb to the lookout on Paget Peak. This trail, while steep, is certainly worth the climb, particularly early in the season when other high-elevation hikes are still beneath 1.5 meters of snow. Once you reach Paget Lookout, you’ll ga

Spray Loop :: Banff, AB

The Spray Loop Trail is the best-known ride in Banff National Park - and for good reason. It is more heavily traveled than any other, owing to its proximity to the world-famous Banff Springs Hotel and the town of Banff. The loop is 7.2 miles in le

Great Divide Trail: Sunshine to Highway 93 :: 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 the backcountry crowd during nice stretches of weather

Great Divide Trail: Palliser River to Watridge Lake trail junction :: Canmore, AB

Vigorous climb over a high pass with some routefinding necessary at the head of the Palliser River. Palliser Pass, the extreme southern boundary of Banff National Park, has few visitors and yet you will find some of the most beautiful lakes and alpin

Tunnel Mountain Teasers & Water Tower Trail :: Banff, AB

There are several minor trails in the vicinity of Banff towards townsite that are open for use by mountain bikers, but the number of trails is steadily diminishing as park officials seemingly work toward eliminating mountain biking from the park.

Stewart Canyon :: Banff, AB

Named for George Stewart, first superintendent of Canada’s first national park, Stewart Canyon was one of Lake Minnewanka’s main attractions in Banff’s early days. Much of Stewart Canyon has lain under water since Lake Minnewanka was dammed, raising

Stelfox Loop :: Nordegg, AB

The many creek crossings on Coral Creek slow you down considerably if you are planning on completing this hike in one day, but it can be done. This hike also requires two vehicles. A second vehicle is left at the Coral Creek Trail staging area locate

Lake Minnewanka :: Banff, AB

Do you like challenging and technical singletrack cycling? This trail is, without a doubt, the best legal singletrack in Banff National Park. The entire route is a narrow, rolling trail with very little elevation gain. The riding is technical and fun

Honeymoon Pass :: Radium Hot Springs, BC

An uphill hike to Honeymoon Pass with views of Hawk Ridge and the Ball Range before you descend through the valley to the Verdant Creek backcountry campground. you’re looking for solitude, you’ll find it on this trail. It’s a steep, 730-meter climb u

Ensign Creek (Amiskwi Pass) :: Golden, BC

This ride, like the others in this area, mixes a great combination of elevation and scenery along its 23.4-mile out-and-back route. From the valley bottom, the views quickly focus on the majesty of the Freshfield Icefield and the lush growth along th

Collie Creek :: Golden, BC

Over the years, mountain bikers have moved increasingly away from road rides. We look for more challenging wilderness rides and forget out graveled roots. The 19.44-mile out-and-back road up Collie Creek is one route that packs in more views per ki

Moraine Lake Trail :: Lake Louise, AB

The trail lies between the village of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. This intermediate-level, out-and-back trail provides 6.05 miles of technical riding with unsurpassed views, followed by 5.46 miles of fast, downhill pavement

Redearth Creek :: 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 Banff National Park. This ride also offers possibilities

Lake Minnewanka :: 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 take you as far as 21.7 miles before you need to turn back.

Rundle Riverside Trail :: Canmore, AB

This trail begins in Banff National Park, along the Banff Springs Golf Course and finishes at the Canmore Nordic Center in the town of Canmore, Alberta. While the Goat Creek Trail provides an opportunity to ride the back side of Mount Rundle, the Run

Consolation Lakes :: 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 Bident Mountain, Mount Quadra, and Mount Temple; Babel Cre

Wenkchemna Pass :: 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 array of impressive, glacier-clad mountains. Wenkchemna P

Wilcox Pass :: Jasper, AB

This is an easy day hike to a broad alpine pass with stunning views of the Columbia Icefield. The hike is located above the Columbia Icefield Visitor Center near the border between Banff and Jasper National Parks. The trail is not on the Continental