There are so many great hikes that you can do in Banff National Park, which aren’t too far from the Town of Banff. Here’s five of my favourite ones:
Sulphur Mountain is a classic hike to do when you’re staying in town. You can start at the base station for the gondola, or it’s possible to start in town. I like to do it as a loop starting in town and heading up the old cosmic ray station road and the down along the trail under the gondola line. If you do it this way then it’s a little more effort, but on a hot summer day a stop off at the Banff Springs Hotel is a good idea on the way back into town.
2. Tunnel Mountain
If you’ve only got time for a short hike, then Tunnel Mountain is ideal. It doesn’t take long to get to the top and you can walk from town. It’s a popular hike, and you’ll get excellent views over the Bow Valley.
3. Mount Rundle Lookout
Mount Rundle, along with Cascade Mountain is one of the more visible mountains from the Banff town site. There’s a marked trail partway up it’s slopes which gives you a nice view of Sulphur Mountain.
Though it’s billed as one of the toughest day hikes in the Banff area, it is a great hike with excellent views. Take your time and include lots of stops on the way up to the pass. The trailhead starts at the Fireside Picinic Area on the Bow Valley Parkway, so it’s possible to cycle there along the Legacy trail from Banff.
This is an incredibly rewarding hike/scramble – you hike the view that you see from the end of Banff Avenue. It is a long day out, and needs good weather to do it in. However once up the top there are truly amazing panoramic views over the surrounding area, so don’t forget your camera.
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