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Mount Rundle Summit Trail is a 9 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 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.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 5,633 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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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?

There is limited parking, your best to park at Bow River Falls parking lot and walk the 5mins down the road to Spray Lakes Trailhead.

Parking for the Spray River trailhead is located near the Spray River bridge on the road to the Banff Springs Golf Course. Cross the bridge and follow the paved road just past the first fairway to the start of the trail. Follow a fire road for about 300m to the Mt Rundle Trail junction.

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Katrina Bilek
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Trail was very well marked but we went on a day that was very windy which made it very cold at the top with 50km winds at the very summit. Bring lots of food and water and extra layers! But the view is amazing and is a must do hike!

Lesly Gordon
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HikingScramble

A beautiful but very strenuous hike. The view from the summit is one of the very best and a life long goal accomplished. Make sure to allow at least 8 plus hrs and carry at least 2 litres of water!

Kayla Neumann
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Hiking

Mentally the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My boyfriend and I are competitive CrossFit athletes and it took us over 11.5 hours. We are both experienced hikers, I’ve personally hiked Jasper and Banff before as well as the Grand Canyon, Zion/Utah, Peru, etc. So just be aware. The 6km through the first bit of forest is no problem, but on the dragons back we were on our hands and knees for 3 hours just to go up. Super hard, great views but crazy hard. Don’t underestimate this hike, and give yourself plenty of extra time - you may very well need it.

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Asif Zeb
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Summited in late July 2020. This was my first major hike/summit and the mountain did not disappoint. The first couple kms within the treeline are fairly easy, however, once you get to the Dragon's back the incline gets steeper. Personally it took me 6 hours and 15 mins to do the entire hike. Bring at least 3L of water with you as the incline will make you sweat profusely and you will need to replenish consistently in order to avoid cramping. Overall, this hike is very doable, however, listen to your body and know when to push and when to ease back. Have fun, I know you can do it - go crush it!

Edgar Milla
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Hiking

Good hike with great views. But is an unpleasant grind for the last 600m elevation gain. The only hard part to navigate was the scree between the dragon back and the ridge/summit. Stay on a worn path to climbers left near the cliff when going up the scree...follow the blue markets where possible. One you reach the top of the ridge, is an easy walk over to the summit.

Jenn Bourque
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Hiking

So happy we finally made the trek to the Rundle summit! Hard but rewarding and such a great day out in the mountains! Took lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery! Highly recommend doing it at least once!

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Kevin C.
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HikingRocky

From parking lot to start of dragon back is well marked and maintained. once you get on dragon back, the scree starts and stretches pretty much all the way to the peak. Hiking boots are strongly recommended, especially from dragon back all the way up to the peak

Laura Finlay
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Not an easy climb but if you're up for the challenge, go for it. If you are aiming to get to the summit I highly suggest at least 4L of water, especially in the warmer months...there is less and less shade the higher you go. The last ~2km is when the scrambling starts, the last km is pretty much on bare rocks that shuffle when stepped on, which make it the hardest part. I made it about 200m or so up the rocks and decided to make the turn due to remaining water. Views were stunning at that point and don't think they would've been much different at the summit. Worth the hike if you're up for it!

David Bai
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Hiking

At least 6 to 8 hours to be planned to reach summit.

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Tracey Manuel
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Hiking

Challenging climb physically. Had to call it approx 800 metres from the summit due to rain and slippery rock. Will get it next time.

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Nate Mckay
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Hiking

Once you’re past the tree line welcome to hell, by the time you’re past the narrow cliffs the last 2 km ish is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Great mountain to do once and just brag about it after.

John Marquina
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theodoro camargo
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hardcore shit

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Landon Rudnisky
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Hiking

Hard slog but very rewarding views. Bring as much water as you can carry. Really sucks if you run out! Also pack along a good amount of bug spray.

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Hailey Peters
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

This was one of the first hikes I’ve ever done. I do not recommend this hike if you are a beginner. I cannot feel my legs and I cried my way up to the top. Views were amazing though.

Nathan Johnson
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HikingBugs

My first harder hike and it was definitely a struggle. Probably ended up pushing myself a lot more than I should have on the way to the summit. I ended up drinking all of my 3L of water and ended up going without water for the last 30 or so minutes which was rough so definitely pack lots! The views at the top were amazing. Out of the 8 people that we had gone with, only two of us managed to reach the summit. Proper shoes and lots if water is a must!

Philip Collins
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EJ Gomez
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Definitely not for a beginner, the trail is so defined and very accessible. Always follow the sign. The last 2km scramble part is quite challenging as the rocks is not stable. It is so rewarding on the summit/ peak

Andrew Palmer
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Hiking

Very Difficult Trail for the last few kilometres. The nice walk through the woods up to the last gulley is relatively easy and scenic. I don’t recommend this for beginners, the scree would be difficult for those who are not experienced and it can be dangerous. I would say 6 hours is reasonable, but allow for extra time. The trail is in relatively good condition and it’s pretty straight forward on the route up and down.

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