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C Level Cirque Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,477 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The upper bank parking lot is closed from November to April so you have to walk 3km to it- see waypoints for lower parking lot location. Moderate trail winding through forest and old mining buildings and mineshafts towards the eastern face of Cascade Mountain. The official trail ends just above the rockpile and lake at the base of the cirque, but many choose a steep hike/easy scramble further up to the right of the cirque where there are amazing views of Lake Minnewanka from above the treeline (see cover photo). You will not be able to see the lake unless you attempt this extra part of the hike.

hiking
47 minutes ago

Most hikes in the Canadian Rockies are worthwhile (including this one) but I thought the view-to-effort ratio on this hike was only middling, especially if you only go to the little lake. Spend the effort to climb out of the cirque up onto the shoulder where there are some small patches of alpine (including blooming glacier lilies) and the view improves. Steep and slippery though.

great!
4 hours ago

What a beautiful view! don't hesitate 1s, and hike to the high point after the cirque. it's the most difficult part but it worth it. the landscape is amazing there The trail condition were good, we saw a fox and some little faune.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

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muddy
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Loved the trail! Went when it was raining and it made the path quite muddy and slippery. The downhill climb was a little nerve-racking because it was so slick, but would highly recommend checking it out on a nicer day!

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rocky
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail but difficult and steep. We turned around half way because of weather, but hope to complete it at a later date. The lower part of the trail is FULL of mosquitoes. Since I am not an experienced hiker, this was frustrating because the mosquitoes were so bothersome you felt like you couldn’t stop moving for even 5 minutes becasue they would surround you. Our bug spray did nothing to deter them. So, being very strong bug repellent.

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scramble
6 days ago

So many mosquitoes at the bottom of the Trail they subside as you get higher, but definitely want bug spray for the first 15 minutes. Most incredible hike I’ve done! Near the top if you look to the left there is a beautiful hidden lake if you walk down a path!!! So beautiful. Getting to the very peak is a bit of a scramble on the rocks, be careful as some of these rocks slide away and could injure those behind if hiking in the group

hiking
6 days ago

Can’t say enough good things about this hike! Was very enjoyable the whole time. There were a few steep sections but they tapered off quickly. There were a few snowboarders riding there as well which was fun to watch. There were a lot of bugs but we were prepared with bug spray and were not bothered

hiking
7 days ago

Only went 1.5 km to the viewpoint but was a nice easy hike. Besides the aggressive uphill lol. Would be nice to do full hike

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bugs
7 days ago

The bottom of trail is full of mosquito! Hang on there! The top view is the east face of casade mountain and a small beautiful pond Worthy it! need some leg power tho!

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bugs
7 days ago

Did this with my 12 y/o girl, all the way to the very top above the tree line. The trail is a bit boring for us, it's 90% just a walk in the woods. The other 8% starts when Cascade is right in front of you, that makes the walk much more interesting. The last 2% is the most fun part of this hike, a 3-minute scramble up to the unblocked view of Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, Bow Valley and tons of peaks. 3 star rating is mainly because of the boring 90% walk. Lots of mosquitoes in that 90%, too. :D For more pictures and detail, go to : http://cynkoes.wixsite.com/kc-hiking-scrambling/c-level-cirque . Instagram : minimountaingoat .

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rocky
8 days ago

Long forest start, don't miss the lookout a the beginning, side trail to the shore of a pretty blue pond, beautiful Cirque. Only patches of snow left on the top. amazing view of the Valley and lake Minnewanka. June 25/20

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked up with skis on our backs a few weeks ago and skied the cirque - made for a very fun experience! We also built a little jump which is probably gone by now. Not sure how the snow condition are now but highly recommend if you’re looking for a fun adventure!

12 days ago

Knee deep but well trodden snow about 50m from the top. Alot of snow has melted and I imagine in another couple of weeks you can bypass around the snow.

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snow
21 days ago

Couldn’t make it all the way to end as it was knee deep snow and we were wearing runners. Would suggest hiking shoes if going now.

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27 days ago

It’s easy to get to the cirque, but the scramble to the top felt pretty sketchy due to ice after a couple days of rain. I ended up turning around.

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snow
28 days ago

Soft snow at the top making it difficult without microspikes and poles. Great little trail though with some nice views of the valley below and the cliffs and glacier

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29 days ago

Just about clear of snow all the way to the top. Perhaps the last 100m or so had a few easily navigable snow sections with the last push to the cirque with deep snow but if you stayed on the hardpack you can make it to the bowl.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views: both into the valley and of the mountainside. There was still snow, so we got to watch mini avalanches. Steady inclines - finished in about 4 hours.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

We went up tonight - planning to get to the top but ended up turning around about 2.5km in Just because the snow was a little deep and tough on the legs constantly falling into knee / thigh deep. Still had a great time. Maybe about 2 months and this trail might be okay...

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snow
4 months ago

lots of snow! If you're going past the old abandoned mine house make sure you have snowshoes or you'll post hole pretty much the whole way to the top.

4 months ago

entrance location 51°14'12"N 115°31'08"W

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