C Level Cirque Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length7.5 miElevation gain2,477 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Please see the park page here for information about current COVID-19 and road closures: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/covid-19-info 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.

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Ashton Kryzanowski
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It's currently closed to pedestrians and vehicles. March 20, 2021.

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Anthony AMALRIC
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Maria Farrell
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My boyfriend and I hiked this recently. Be sure to dress appropriately. Amazing views and special moments can be found along the trail. Bring water and chocolate to share!

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April Hoffort
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Completed October 3, absolutely beautiful views. One of my favourite hikes this year.

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Marissa A
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couldn’t complete due to avalanche risk. Most of trail through trees is snowy but clear, we went past the treelike but really shouldn’t have because the snow gets very deep and avalanche risky. There’s a secret viewpoint directly behind the old abandoned building! spikes highly recommended. do not go past treeline. EDIT: road to upper lot now closed

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Cian Hrabi
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Samantha-Kim Cantin
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That hike was incredible. We went all the way to the Lake view and it was worth it. It’s not easy, the last part of the hike was so steep! And there is a lot of avalanche risks so I wouldn’t recommanded to do that again. Our day was a very warm and calm one but I’m not sure it was the safest decision. Have fun!

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Mary Harmon
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4 weeks ago - absolutely perfect

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Bailey Wagner
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Jim McDonald
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Awesome heavy snow at last 400 metres 4 feet deep No tracks had to turn back but beautiful views

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Andy H
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Packed with fresh snow. Couldn’t get to the top since the trail gets difficult due to snow. Moderate elevation until scramble. Should try next time when there isn’t snow.

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Kirk Moen
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Unbelievable experience in fresh snow this morning. We went to the first little concrete house and found our way to the viewpoint just behind it. What a breathtaking view it was!

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Jude Hope
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Easy gentle ascent through the forest. One goes past the old coal mining shafts. Today the cirque was snowy. Not enough to pack down the boulder field. We didn’t feel sure about navigating to the goat trail ascent. Next time.

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Chris Mahon
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Nik S
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Fabulous hike. We’ll be back.

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Shirley Luong
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Completed Oct 10, 2020 Moderate hike, path is clear the entire way. Once you hit the cirque, it's well worth it to grind a bit longer to the viewpoint. Beautiful views back down into the cirque and of Lake Minnewanka. Took us 2:15 to get up to the viewpoint with lots of breaks.

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Raquel Saniuk
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awesome hike! right from the start it's a gradual incline. couple of view points to stop and check out. the trail itself is okay - pretty dry right now and not overly challenging. once the trail opens up, it's absolutely worth the grind up. you can eat lunch right in the cirque view point, can continue to the superior view point or go all the way up. either way, they are all amazing view points so anywhere you decide to stop, you definitely won't be disappointed

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Victoria A
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This hike is not for beginners. Very steep incline the entire way and sliding rocks near the top (be especially careful coming down). But the views were absolutely stunning, worth every effort. Once you get to the big rock bowl surrounded by mountains you’ll want to stop there but keep going! It’s about another 30mins of steep incline to the very top summit but the 180 degree view at the top is incredibly breathtaking.

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Peter Shaw
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AJ Sidhu
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Robyn Elizabeth
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This trail is a steady incline all the way up. Once you hit the rock field it gets extremely steep. Lots of roots, lose rocks to make it to the final view point. This is not a hike for beginner hikers. Hiking boots, poles and gloves are recommended.

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Mary Baker
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BJ Kim
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Completed today. Started on seven thirty, and the parking lot was literally empty. Monotonous easy ascent until the rock field, turned into steep stretch towards the top. A little bit cloudy at the top but it adds mysterious shade on Lake Minnewanka. Removed one star as there is no scenery until you reach the Rundle lookout.

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Kristopher Bonnett
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Loved it. Don’t stop at the “top”. Go onto the viewpoint... it’s a grunt but soooo worth it!

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Sarith Nou
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Awesome hike! Definitely worth the views ;)

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Jay Chauhan
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