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In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

Dec 12, 2017, need micro spikes, lots of snow at the end but still no need snow shoes due to popular trail.

Tried to hike to arnica lake this past weekend. Awesome views just past Vista lake as you go up the ridge on the opposite side, I didn't quite make it to the lake due to losing the trail and knee-high snow. I personally wouldn't do it again without snowshoes or until it's cleared out of snow a bit.

Dec 9/17 - we started out around 1130 and the trail was not overly busy. The weather was mild and the trail was very slippery in many areas. Though many other hikers were struggling and having difficulty with the trail, we had purchased Hillsound Crampon Pros and had no traction issues, even on the icy inclines. We ventured up above the upper falls towards the ink pots but turned back as my girlfriend had a recent knee injury that was starting to flare up. It was a very enjoyable hike. Without the cleats it would have been very difficult and a good way to risk injury.... as we saw from one of the more unfortunate people who were coming back with facial lacerations and a bruised ego.

4 days ago

Awesome trip. Trail up the hill is well packed so microspikes best. Once you hit the upper bowl snow is pretty deep so snowshoes would be better. To go to Bourgeau lake veer left at the meadow. If there are trails heading straight towards the trees then right, they are heading to Harvey pass.

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Nice gentle incline the whole way. Solid path from the cross country skiers makes the walk up pretty good. Crampons not required, but the extra grip is nice to have. Up top, the trail softens up making snowshoes a requirement. I didn't make it to O'Brien as the path was unbroken and I was running out of time. Beautiful meadows, tons of larch, this spot would be beautiful in any season.

When I was resting on my towel on the beach at Taylor Lake, some shmucks set up a game of volleyball right next to me. Kicked sand all over my stuff...

road biking
6 days ago

The path follows right beside the highway for most of it. Not a very relaxing ride.

Good beginners hike or if you only have a little time in the Banff area.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful Dec. day for a hike. About -2 C. Bare trail for first 1/4, light snow/ice second quarter, started getting deep snow on third quarter and decided to turn back there as I saw fresh cougar prints in the snow. Not sure about difficulty. Maybe should be med/hard? 3 level rating system can give false ratings!

Sep 2nd // Was surprised to see as many people as I did, most difficult hike I've done. Very long and strenuous up and down, we spent 10 hours. The hike itself is mostly just a gruesome grind, not for the faint of heart. However the heights and views once reaching the summit were incredible! Also incredibly windy.

hiking
10 days ago

Oct 12th // quite lengthy and the hike itself isn't super interesting until close to the lake. However not terribly steep so if one is in good company it's lovely. Boulder wonderland near the lake! Was a very snowy day but will definitely return to finish the Helena Ridge/Stuart Knob/Castle amphitheater.

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