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Best trails in Banff National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Banff National Park, Alberta? AllTrails has 216 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 111 hard trails in Banff National Park ranging from 2.9 to 121 km and from 1,375 to 3,510 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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. ADMISSION Daily Adult $ 10.00 Senior $ 8.40 Youth free Family/Group $ 20.00 Commercial Group, per person $ 8.40 You may alternately want to purchase a Parks Canada Discovery Pass Adult $ 69.19 Senior $ 59.17 Family/Group $ 139.40 As of January 1, 2018, admission to Parks Canada places for youth 17 and under is free! Banff is open year round. For Visitor Center hours see: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/installations-facilities
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Map of trails in Banff National Park
Park information
Acreage
1640960 acres
Top trails (216)
#1 - Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 14.6 km • Est. 4 h 58 m
From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, follow the lake shore to the back of the valley. Stop at the teahouse for a cup of tea and watch for mountain goats and glaciers.Show more
#2 - Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots
Banff National Park
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Length: 11.7 km • Est. 4 h 17 m
Great views and a really unique walk up to the falls along the canyon on a well kept trail. Be aware that the trail is narrow at times and can be extremely busy. It is best to get here super early aShow more
#3 - Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 7.6 km • Est. 2 h 51 m
The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short hike up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers. The trail has an elevatioShow more
#4 - Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 4 h 30 m
NOTE: The parking lot at Moraine Lake fills up early in the morning. Once it fills up, Parks Canada closes the road and makes people utilize the shuttle to reach the lake. Show more
#5 - Tunnel Mountain Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 4.5 km • Est. 1 h 43 m
Tunnel Mountain is a short hike to an amazing viewpoint on top of the mountain overlooking the town of Banff and surrounding scenery. The trail begins from Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. It follows aShow more
#6 - Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 0.8 km • Est. 13 m
Note: As of May 13th, 2019, there are reports of closures on this trail. Please check with Banff National Park before proceeding. This trail is popular and is heavily trafficked. Arrive early for parkShow more
#7 - Sulphur Mountain Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 10.1 km • Est. 4 h 11 m
Sulphur Mountain Trail is an alpine switchback pathway which leads to the summit ridge of Sulphur Mountain. The mountain is based in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and overlooks the smallShow more
#8 - Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls
Banff National Park
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Length: 5.0 km • Est. 1 h 46 m
Note: The off-trail cave area for viewing the iconic rock was CLOSED and roped off. With over one million visitors per year Johnston Canyon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of BShow more
#9 - Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 2.9 km • Est. 1 h 5 m
Seasonal closures and restrictions apply to this trail. Please check ahead before setting out for the hike. Show more
#10 - Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 11.9 km • Est. 4 h 56 m
Devils Thumb Via Lake Agnes Trail is a 11.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primaShow more
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