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Cory Pass is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.1 mi Elevation gain 3,832 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

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As of 20 Jun 2020, this trail is closed from the Fireside Parking Lot due to construction. Also the bridge over dry creek bed is removed. Hikers have reported signs threatening expensive fines for entering. Please check this website for latest updates: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/randonee-hiking/etat-sentiers-trail-conditions Definitely for the experienced hiker, not for the faint at heart nor anyone with a fear of heights. We recommend doing it as suggested- clockwise. Counterclockwise would provide a very precarious decent. Plus, this way you get the tough part over with while you're on fresh legs. Gorgeous view of Mt. Cory. Trail is not well marked through the pass- stay right of the boulders. Edith pass is a beautifully meandering decent (no view). Can be muddy after rain. Dress for the changing weather and wear comfortable sturdy shoes. Scree and scramble in many places.

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Morgan Shields
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HikingRockyScramble

One of the most incredible views I’ve ever hiked. We did it in August of 2019. Packed a ton of water and went through most of it on the way up. It was very hot and very steep for the first couple miles. It says dog friendly but DO NOT bring your dogs unless they are small enough to carry. We had our three big ones and there was a small section we had to boulder down with them to continue the trail. They hiked Banff all week with us with no paw pad issues (they are hiked very frequently and have very tough feet), but the rock garden tore them up a decent bit. Biggest tip is to bring poles, and lots of water if hiking it in the heat.

John Bird
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Hiking

Currently closed from the Fireside Parking Lot due construction. Bridge over dry creek bed is removed. Signs threatening expensive fines for entering. 20Jun2020

Livjot Singh
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Its a hard trail with a really good view of 4-5 mountain around that you can see all time during the hike. But only problem is snow that would not let you complete it. so plan to go in summers. The view of this place is breathless. Must go there once

James Wade
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Hiking

Sunny. July, 2007.

Sunny Preisler
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HikingScrambleSnow

The trail is very pretty and there you don’t spend too much time in the trees. It is VERY steep for quite a while. Unfortunately we had to turn back because the snow was literally waist deep and there was no way that we could continue. From our car and back we ended up hiking around 17 km because we trekked quite a ways through the snow before turning back. Overall a very nice hike!

Mathilda DV
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Hiking

Did this on May 27th. The trail starts with a beautiful path through Aspen trees. Hitting them in the morning light is incredible!! Then the steep terrain begins. Yes, VERY steep!! Poles will help on the way up and down. We couldn’t do the entire hike up to the pass because there was way too much snow. We were planning on doing the scramble up Edith too, but will have to wait until later in the season. We came back down the same way, which isn’t ideal but it’s not the worst. Had good shoes and poles and didn’t slip once. There’s a lovely spot for lunch about halfway up.

liz perrone
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HikingRocky

Did this hike in the Summer of 2019 and I still think about it — one of the best hikes I’ve ever done! Lots of different terrain, steep elevation, unbelievable views - it was everything I wanted in a hike. We started the hike with sun and later got caught in a quick rainstorm and then back to sun, so make sure you’re prepared. Did this hike clockwise and recommend it. If you’re thinking about doing this — do it!

Tom Herderick
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Hiking

One of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done as the incline for the first few miles is insane. But very rewarding and some very unique rock structures at Cory pass. Would recommend this and reward with a beer afterwards.

Joel Brenner
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Hiking

We completed this hike in September. It was absolutely breathtaking. We did the hike clockwise. The first bit was a steady incline through the trees. Definitely a workout but totally worth the views. Didn't see too many people on the trail. The last leg of the trail was through the trees with no views but otherwise one of our favs. approx 5 hrs to complete with a break at the top. you can check out our hike here https://youtu.be/r1YS1PsKQGk

Federico Pinna
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BackpackingSnow
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Carolina D.
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HikingScrambleSnow

Road was open and parked at the fireside picnic area. Cross the bridge to start the hike. Hiked the loop clockwise on Oct 23. No snow until 2/3 the way up then the trail is snow covered but fairly easy to follow. At the pass and after the snow is knee deep. Watch for a yellow hiking sign when you head back into the trees around the back heading down - we were 40m lower than it and hiked back up when we saw the sign. Attempted to summit mt. Edith before the pass - almost made it but needed spikes or crampons for everyone to do the last 120m of scrambling. Bring spikes or crampons and gaiters to keep the snow out of your boots!

Alex Hettena
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Hiking

Because of a road closure right when we got off the highway, we parked at the gate and walked in to the start of the trail which added about 18 min on either end. We went clockwise as recommended- and I’m really glad we did. It was beautiful!! We used our cleats for most of the way up and through Cory Pass and down the whole super snowy section on the back side of the mountain. If others hadn’t broken the trail for us that day, it might have been hard to find our way safely. Once we came back to a south facing slope, we we descended rather quickly. In total it took us 6 hours. Super solid hike! Bring all the layers!

Rudy Kellar
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Hiking

Trail is still great, snow and footing is a bit challenging after going through the pass to the other side (travelling clockwise). On a scale of 1-10 today was an 11 time for a Canmore Brewing 10 peaks. #canmorebrewing #getoutside #mountainlife

Maggie Li
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Hiking

Did this trail with my boyfriend and a friend, as suggested, we went clockwise, the trail is well marked. Uphill climb is steep,mostly dry with a few icy spots, but the downhill covered with deep snow. It is doable without spikes but very slippery. Overall it is hard but the scenery worth it all.

Will Navojosky
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HikingRockyScramble

Did this trail with my wife as our first hike in banff. Definitely was a good experience and provided us with great views and challenging terrain. There are some sections that are very steep and dangerous but that adds to the excitement just be prepared. Loved gargoyle valley and the section around mount Edith.

Amanda Carrothers
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Hiking

Definitely pack some water and prepare your legs for an uphill battle. The view is worth both the hike and the cardiovascular benefits for sure!

Amanda Deaton
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Hiking

Quite steep but worth it! Amazing views. Worth the sore legs!

Sarah Hazard
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Hiking

Amazing!! Incredible views. Sore legs , but so worth at that climbing.

Katie Tomich
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Hiking

Fun hike. Summit Edith.

Lex Lancaster
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Definitely do the clockwise hike as suggested. Take ALL the pictures before and during the pass. After you exit the pass, there is only one more place to take an epic scenery shot. Great hike overall, absolutely stunning views.

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Michael Hill
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Hiking

Left at 7.20am and only saw one other person on the mountain. Lovely quiet hike once clear of the highway noise. Steep in parts but worth it for the views!!

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Greggy San Pablo
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Hiking

Did this loop and added Edith. Clouds rolled in and out. The section before the fork to Edith is steep. After the pass, you descend into the forrest. Overall, technical difficulty = 6/10, views = 8/10

Kim Dominguez
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Hiking

We hiked the trail counterclockwise today. It was a relatively long trudge through the woods but once we came out of the woods, the views were spectacular. The trail is not clear through the rock fall, but the end point is obvious so it doesn't really matter all that much. If you have bad knees this walk is hard on the way back down to the meadow. All in all a great hike.

Ryan C
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Hiking

Incredible views for the first 3/4 of this hike, but definitely a workout for the knees and ankles. The full loop starting from parking lot is almost 10 miles. The first half is constant, steep up hill, but not a problem if you’re in shape. Really cool views right from the start. Only 2 spots that were a little scary but overall 99% of the hike is relatively safe. Cory pass is stunning and for about 30min we had the pass to ourselves. Brace yourself for the last 2miles of slight downhill through the forest. It’s really rough on the knees and not many views. I would definitely do this again.

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