Mount Rundle Summit Trail

HARD 48 reviews
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Mount Rundle Summit Trail is a 13.4 kilometer moderately 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 and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1620 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

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wild flowers

A long difficult trip through the trees to the dragons back spine and on your way up to the very best views of the Banff Valley. Parks Canada provides a detailed route description in Climber's Guide to Mount Rundle. Pick one up at the Banff information center and review the tips, recommendations and gear lists. You can also refer to Alan Kane's ?Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies?

hiking
5 days ago

We REALLY didn’t know what we were getting into when we went on this hike. It was recommended to us by our hotel staff because of the awesome views. Unfortunately the hike was uphill with what felt like greater than 45 degree incline the whole way. So it was strenuous to say the least. Second, we basically almost made it to the top and then would have to scale the mountain which was EXTREMELY steep! This is certainly not a hike for beginners or even moderate hikers. Thought it was pretty advanced. And the end will test your fear of heights. Still, Banff / Alberta is so pretty I’ll give this four stars. Just know what you’re getting into and if that’s your thing, then you’ll be good!

9 days ago

Awesome trailrun/hike up Mt Rundle. Great views above treelike, even better on top! But you have to work for it to enjoy the views from top ;-)
BTW: went up on June 13 in very good conditions.

hiking
16 days ago

Completed this hike/scramble on June 2, 2018. The first portion of the hike is just your typical slog through the forest, but once above the treeline, things begin to get really fun. Still quite a bit of snow, but other than getting soaked socks, I was able to posthole my way through it. The tricky part was avoiding the ice near the summit, as it was very clear and very slippery. It may not be a bad idea to bring crampons still. But once at the summit, the view is guaranteed to be amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

I completed this with a friend on the 6th May. It took us 9 hours in total, 5.5 to the summit, and 3.5 down. Both of us are reasonably fit, but not really the fastest hikers. I was wearing micro spikes as traction aids, and took an axe with me (just in case). The views at the top are some of the best in the area, as people say. But, its a long uphill grind to the top, and there's still a goodly amount of snow in the trees and on the slope. Once you quit the treeline and start ascending for the summit, its a painful and difficult process (with the shale,scree and partially melting snow working together to knock you off), but just go slow, and take care where you step and you can make it. The same for going down, just watch where you put your feet and take it slow.

hiking
1 month ago

Last couple hours was a struggle, but very rewarding at the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

// June 2017
Rundle is an absolute bear. I’ve hiked all over Yosemite, but nothing prepares you for scrambling up that last mile of scree at a near 45 degree angle. Always check the weather before you start out, and carry a jacket and raincoat even if the forecast looks clear. The weather can change up there in a matter of minutes, and I wouldn’t want to be caught up in a storm on the summit. Also be sure not to follow the gullies up the mountain, as people have died when they wander off the trail. Make no mistake, this hike will test you. But if you do make it to the top you will be greeted by one of the best views in the world. It’s absolutely worth it, and definitely the best hike I’ve ever done.

2 months ago

hard going. But beautiful in late summer.

hiking
2 months ago

I’ll repeat, not for the faint of heart, but persevere and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of Banff anyone can witness! The trail starts out as a steady climb and once you get past the canyon it all goes up (literally) from there. Now that you’re warmed up the scenic winding trek through the tree line takes you up to the base of the dragons back where the views become more and more spectacular (don’t wonder too far left or right...) If you can make it this far buckle down and finish it, the feet pass away quickly and before you know it you’ll be at the summit.

hiking
4 months ago

knee high snow but worth it

hiking
6 months ago

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 months ago

Great hike, but very difficult. Made it within 1,500ft of the summit and had to turn back. I live at sea level and flew in two days prior to this hike. I would suggest hiking elsewhere if you are not acclimated to the altitude. 3,000ft elevation gain in the last mile is not for the faint of heart. This is as gnarly as it gets without helmets or ropes. This peak is easy to underestimate.

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views from the summit . Very difficult climb up and down. Definitely one too tick off the bucket list.

hiking
11 months ago

An excellent hike I would be very wary of the hard rating I did not make it to the top and that's the first time I've hiked a trail that was rated hard and did not complete it.

hiking
11 months ago

Difficult Hike if you don't have the stamina. Trail is all loose rock and the top part is very open. Don't recommend on a super hot day or a windy day gets cold fast. Going down is the difficult part, always watch where you step. The peak is worth the view 100%

hiking
11 months ago

One of the hardest hikes I have done, make sure you have right shoes what can take scramble. Take lots of water, and start early. Do not be scared with the lose rocks past the tree line, once you scramble your way up the views are breathtaking. Plan well and enjoy your hike

11 months ago

Absolutely gruelling in the last 2km, but so, so worth it. The views from the summit were absolutely fantastic, I would suggest trekking poles for getting down after the scree.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Epic trail! The grade was surprisingly tame for 3 miles. I was surprised the climb was only 2,300 to that point and couldn't understand how the distance / vertical would work. Well the next 1.2 miles covered over 3,000 feet! The views were amazing as you came above tree line. The last stretch is really tough. I'd strongly recommend having lots of high alpine and technical experience before attempting. Warm gear for the top is also a must (especially with the wind). Overall a memorable adventure that I'd highly recommend to anyone up to it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rundle is a long difficult slog of a trail but has an incredible payoff at the end. because of the height, it is crucial that you pick an ideal day and allow for as much time as possible.

From the top, you look down on the ridges of several mountain ranges.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Incredible hike with amazing views from the tree line and up - has a nice start in the forest, gets more difficult after passing over the last gully. Highly recommend appropriate footwear as well as hiking poles (they made a world of difference) the scramble past the tree line is a little tricky, have layers of clothing for the summit, the views are breathtaking but so is the wind haha gloves will also help to protect your hands on the way down

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Very long and steep initial hike through the woods for around 2,5-3 hours. Once above the tree line you need to do some scrambling over loose rocks. It is not until this point where you start to enjoy stunning views. Novice hikers won't reach this area which is also completely exposed. The final approach to summit requires some experience. Bring warm clothing layers of you plan to summit.

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