Mount Rundle Summit Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, AB that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
A long difficult trip through the trees to the dragons back spine and on your way up to the very best views of the Banff Valley. Parks Canada provides a detailed route description in Climber's Guide to Mount Rundle. Pick one up at the Banff information center and review the tips, recommendations and gear lists. You can also refer to Alan Kane's ?Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies?
Epic trail! The grade was surprisingly tame for 3 miles. I was surprised the climb was only 2,300 to that point and couldn't understand how the distance / vertical would work. Well the next 1.2 miles covered over 3,000 feet! The views were amazing as you came above tree line. The last stretch is really tough. I'd strongly recommend having lots of high alpine and technical experience before attempting. Warm gear for the top is also a must (especially with the wind). Overall a memorable adventure that I'd highly recommend to anyone up to it.
Rundle is a long difficult slog of a trail but has an incredible payoff at the end. because of the height, it is crucial that you pick an ideal day and allow for as much time as possible.
From the top, you look down on the ridges of several mountain ranges.
Incredible hike with amazing views from the tree line and up - has a nice start in the forest, gets more difficult after passing over the last gully. Highly recommend appropriate footwear as well as hiking poles (they made a world of difference) the scramble past the tree line is a little tricky, have layers of clothing for the summit, the views are breathtaking but so is the wind haha gloves will also help to protect your hands on the way down
Very long and steep initial hike through the woods for around 2,5-3 hours. Once above the tree line you need to do some scrambling over loose rocks. It is not until this point where you start to enjoy stunning views. Novice hikers won't reach this area which is also completely exposed. The final approach to summit requires some experience. Bring warm clothing layers of you plan to summit.