Sulphur Mountain Trail

MODERATE 167 reviews
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Sulphur Mountain Trail is a 10.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
749 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

scramble

snow

Sulphur Mountain Trail is an alpine switchback pathway which leads to the summit ridge of Sulphur Mountain. The mountain is based in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and overlooks the small town of Banff in Alberta, Canada. Once at the top, visitors can also check out the historic Cosmic Ray Station on Sanson Peak. After 7pm or anytime during the winter, visitors can take the Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride down the mountain for free. Other times the gondola is $30. The Sulphur Mountain trailhead starts from the Upper Hot Springs parking area. This is a moderate hike with amazing views of the Bow Valley.

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A steady incline of infinite switchbacks. A much better way than paying $60 on the gondola to get up Sulphur, but not the most interesting of hikes. Most of the time is spent switchbacking under the gondola.

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1 month ago

Steep but short. It was fun and you have have lunch at the top!!!

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2 months ago

Great hike, not much views but nice one at the top

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2 months ago

Did it on October 10th. There was some snow on switchback corners but nothing you can’t handle. It was decently strenuous but if you are determined, you will get thru.

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2 months ago

This trail is a must. Either you pay $60 to take the gondola up or hoof it up. You do have the option to pay $30 for a ride down. It's about 3.5 miles up and it's a tough one. Not really for beginners but it is manageable. Ice at the top. Made it without spikes. Views at the top are INCREDIBLE! However you get up...get up there.

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2 months ago

Did this in early October, micro spikes were useful at tail end

2 months ago

Lol not good one for a first timer big wowza! beautiful and worth it!

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Very hard work getting up Sulphur Mountain but so worth it for the monumental views and sense of achievement once you reach the summit.

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3 months ago

As a fairly fit younger person this was a little to moderate effort for a pretty good reward, with great views from the top. The extra 500m boardwalk was worth it to get a different perspective too. I hiked this with my parents who are both mid 50's and not in great shape but were able to get up without too much difficulty. It wasn't as crowded on the trail as I thought it would be, which was nice, but as expected the top of the gondola viewing area was pretty busy.