Cory Pass is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Alberta, AB and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until August.
Hard but seriously worth it!! Amazing views!!
This is probably one of my favourite hikes in the area, challenging but not difficult. I hit the trail in mid May and once our group got to the back side of the mountain the trail was completely covered in snow and then it started to snow so we decided to turn around and head back down the way we came since we knew the trail condition. Even in the snow that eventually turned into rain loved every minute of it. Gonna head back later on in the summer and complete the entire loop instead of just out and back.
Word of Caution, while we took a break for lunch, we sat down on the ground with our backs against some downed tree and noticed a ton of ticks, thankfully we only sat for a few second before noticing them but just be careful and watch where you put your stuff down for a break.
After a miserable and adventurous Saturday with heavy rain and up to waist level river crossings, I was extremely happy to return to the loop of the Cory-Edith Passes on the beautiful Sunday with sunny blue sky. Gorgeous views, wicked gargolys, and the making up stories of Mt Louis, Mt Edith, Mt Cory and Mt Fifi made the hike one of my best in the Canadian Rockies. Seeing how much AV risk exists should there be snow, I felt smart that I had decided to turn back last November at the cliff dropping point !
This is a solid, fulfilling day hike. Quite a grunt at the start to get up the hump and onto the ridgetop before Mt. Edith, but from there the view only gets better back down the valley, and the summit views are great. The transition from looking back south, to looking north into Gargoyle Valley, is a great contrast. And, Mt. Louis poking up like a huge shark's tooth is all a mountain ought to be. Trail down north side of Cory Pass into Gargoyle Valley is too rough for scree skiing, but loose in places and requires careful footwork. Around backside of Mt. Edith, into dense forest all of a sudden, then a lovely transition into lower elevations, through avalanche slide zones glorious in summer growth, and then a calm stroll beside a babbling brook and mossy ground cover, back to the start at Fireside. Not as long or hard as Sentinel Pass/Paradise Valley, but of that ilk. Views don't feel as remote as at top of Burstall Pass, but again, of similar stature. Well worth doing.
This is one of the most stunning trails anywhere. Views from the pass are incredible and well worth the effort to get there.