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snow
18 hours ago

Bring proper shoes for the weather. Last 25% gets steeper. Hiking poles recommended. Amazing view at the top!

Would do it again repeatedly.

Great little trek in summer. Not much of to see unless you do the small 700m stroll at the top

Great hike! Went on Saturday. Snow is pretty deep when you get close to Lilian lake. Make sure to bank on an extra 45 minutes compared to what you would normally hike it in. Great weather though - all in all a solid 4 hours in total. We used winter hiking boots and that’s it - no poles and no snowshoes

Did this joke about 4 years ago! Loved it! Can’t wait to go back !

7 days ago

We hiked Tamnuska loop today (January 13, 2019). Most sections were dry. However, spikes are needed to reach its summit.

Had a great time exploring this hike! Fun to walk the frozen stream if you’ve got spikes on. Can’t wait to see it in the summer.

Relatively easy hike for adults. The Hidden Lake was shockingly - very hidden and secluded.

Low rating solely based on time of year (late summer) left the lake looking more like a puddle. Go in the early to mid summer months when water levels will be higher.

on Sulphur Mountain Trail

hiking
12 days ago

We hiked this trail in early June 2018 and, in the last 25% of the trail, there were snow and icy patches. Allow 1.5-2 hours one way up if you're reasonably fit and have good shoes, and 2-3 hours if less so.

This is an extremely rewarding hike through a shaded switchback dirt trail that will reward you with an even more breathtaking view all along the summit ridge! Amazing! Throughout the climb, we found plenty of openings through the trees to enjoy the view of Banff below.

Some parts do get steep as you near the summit. I would highly recommend hiking shoes with good traction and hiking poles, especially if there are chances of snow and icy patches. I would advise checking the weather the night before before hiking, especially if you have limited hiking experience or are with children and the elderly. It can prove challenging and bit scary when things get slippery.

Several cars were broken into at the trailhead parking lot today.

Have been hiking this for 20yrs, but this was the first time with snow and ice. Bring spikes and decent poles, some gnarly ice latches patches on the backside. Shoulder and front side were pretty clear, unfortunately very little scree left these days...

Fantastic snowshoe / winter hike!

snowshoeing
17 days ago

Went up to Lillian Lake last weekend and trail was all good, didn't need snowshoes until maybe 3 minutes before we got to the lake, I'm sure with a little more time there will be enough snow to pull them out earlier. Didn't get to see too much, it got pretty white out but I'm sure its gorgeous! With a little more time we might have made it up to Galatea. Trip for another time but definitely worth it!

Want to save yourself 65$? Skip the gondola and hike up (if you’re like me though and very out of shape be prepared for a tough one). All up hill but once you get to the top you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.. especially when you look around and see all the suckers who paid way to much to get to the top!

hiking
23 days ago

A great short hike. I definitely encourage hiking crampons rather than city/daily ice spikes.

Breathtaking view on the top

I just hiked the backside from the trail head near Sundance Canyon. I walked from downtown Banff, so it was about 6.5 miles total to the summit. I wish I’d had snowshoes in a few places because the snow was soft and nearly knew deep when I broke through in a few places. This was my first hike in the snow, so I’m not sure how to rate it, but it seemed about twice as hard at Tunnel Mountain which I did yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful!!!!

I am making this specific review 3/5 only because the trail is absolutely NOT for dogs. When I am looking for hikes that are dog friendly, I am under the assumption they can complete the trail. It is 110% not for dogs. It was challenging to get to the chains and then when I realized we definitely weren’t getting across that.. the challenging high turned to pissed off. Getting us back down the way we came was stressful and dangerous for both of us.
Also, the entire trail once you are out of the trees is so poorly marked that unless you know where you are going or following footprints, you would get lost.
I am pretty disappointed with this hike because of those two issues.
Bring poles and microspikes.
My next review may be better when I don’t have my girl - if I decide to try this hike again.

Amazing hike...loved the Scree...

Was up there on December 16th. Everything was in good condition. Only went as far as Lillian Lake. Spikes were definitely an asset. Snow shoes not required up to that point.

Amazing hike would not recommend for beginners.

Well compacted snow trail. Good workout, awesome views at the top. $22 all you can eat and drink buffet with a free gondola ride down. Ideal.

Winter wonderland! Completed on December 2nd, no need for spikes or snowshoes. If anyone spots my gray merino knit touque please let me know! :D

Cute cave to enjoy a drink.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike once you get past the factories.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful the whole way up. Not too hard. Took me an hour and a half to get to the top.

Amazing!!! Great place to train! Took us approximately 1-1:10hr fairly easy pace. Amazing in winter!

No Widlings or Whitewalkers to report. A small contingency of the Knights Watch ventured out along the beautiful river and rustic bridges. Not too much traffic and made it half way between Lillian and Lower Galatea Lakes. The views are probably much more rewarding in the summer. Brace yourself....winter is coming.

I did this hike July 8, 2018. It’s not difficult, other then waking on small to big rocks the whole time, you just want to be careful so you don’t twist your ankle. It was a busy trail the day we went, but not crowded. Many people were rock climbing too. Once you pass the waterfall it gets quieter, most people turn around and head back there. We continued on and passed inukshuks people had made. The trail opens up into a big valley. We kept on hiking until we got tired, but we wanted to see if we could reach an end to the river valley, but there was none in sight.

This is an amazing hike in Banff , just by the Gondola and Hot Springs facilities.
It is a easy-moderate hike (a bit long and steep for beginners, but still easily doable).
1,5 - 2 hours hike with beautiful sightseeing and amazing views from the top.
In the winter, they have free Gondola trip (only the coming down trip) if you get there before it closes.
I think it is also free in summer after 7.00 pm
Parking facilities are good either in the Gondola parking lot or Hot Springs one. Very rewarding if you end up your experience in a relaxing bath at the Hot Springs next door.

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