Mount Rundle Summit Trail

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Banff National Park

Mount Rundle Summit Trail is a 17.9 kilometer 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 and nature trips and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.9 km Elevation Gain: 1,735 m Route Type: Out & Back

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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
rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

This mountain has a long approach but was definitely worth it. Took me 10 hours to go there and back including a 1 hour nap at the top. After the dragon's back section the snow was still quite deep and made for a miserable last few hundred meters but the view at the top was amazing.

hiking
snow
10 days ago

It wasn’t too bad, however, we couldn’t summit because the snow got very deep towards the top. Otherwise quite a nice trail.

hiking
fee
icy
off trail
rocky
snow
washed out
28 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

First summit! Great climb! Tons of elevation gain so dress in layers. The scramble after the tree line is never ending but the view up top and over the edge is incredible! Im NOT in the best of shape so if you’re like me, plan for a 9 hour grind.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
3 months ago

Well packed to the switchback. A couple tracks to the big gully. Knee to waist deep powder (even with snowshoes) to the tree line. You’ll have to make your own track. Above the tree line was mostly wind packed. The last 400m to the summit was bare rock with intermittent snow. I carried crampons but was able to snowshoe to the rock and scramble from there to the summit. The wind above the tree line was constant and on the bare rocks to the summit was almost unbearable. You’ll want a warm day in town (around 0) to attempt it. 6.5 hours up (breaking trail for about 5 hrs), 3 down If you’re going to do it in the winter at a minimum bring: - snowshoes - poles - face cover (for above the tree line) - warm gloves (for the summit) - hard shell - goggles or sunglasses

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
3 months ago

It was a little hard to find. The directions say to go to Bow Falls. Park just before the bridge with the traffic arm. Take the pathway on the side(of the bridge) which will take you down to the golf course. Keep following the main path until you get to the brown national park sign. The hike is just called “Mount Rundle.” The conditions were nice and easy to follow. We stopped just before the steep switchback. It took us approximately 3 hours to get up with snowshoes. And only 20 minutes coming down (with snowshoes). It was fun going downhill a little off the path. Lots of powder which could be skied. Definitely coming back in the summer....

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Fresh powder the whole way. Snowshoes and poles a must. Didn’t make the full length as we lost the light. Mostly treed, some intermittent nice views. No people. Very few tracks but the trail is pretty easy to follow.

hiking
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful route great landscapes, a demanding route especially in these dates where there is a lot of snow and the weather changes without warning, with enough experience, the right equipment and the will is possible to achieve the top of such an emblematic mountain, I loved it

hiking
7 months ago

Great lower trail. Upper trail markings very hard to see/follow route due to snow covered

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

Amazing hike! But not for the faint of heart.

hiking
8 months ago

This one was intense. Steep climbs unrelenting that lead to some switch back areas that are nearly climbing rock face. Beautiful developing view along the way, when you get to the gorge it gets crazy steep. Not for the random hike. Know what you’re getting into. Super tough as an experienced hiker. The snow is beautiful but makes for inefficient steps which demands more effort. Also a bit treacherous on the way down for the same (snow) reasons and the proximity of the trail to steep/near vertical slopes.

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rocky
snow
8 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

So much fun. Some sections you can run and some great scrambles. The view at the top can’t be beat!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Dragons back ain't for the faint of heart, worth it at the summit

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