Sundance Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

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Banff National Park

Sundance Canyon Trail [CLOSED] is a 10.0 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 389 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Well-marked trail leaving from Cave and Basin on a long road that follows the Bow River. At the end of the road, bikes are no longer permitted, and the trail winds up and across waterfalls in the canyon, giving views of the Massive Range, Mount Cory and Mount Louis.

hiking
8 days ago

Great Trail for Hiking, specially if you have kids. Very friendly.

hiking
19 days ago

A little icy at little times, but an amazing hike! Would definitely do again!

hiking
icy
20 days ago

icy
21 days ago

Definitely not what I was expecting as the trail rating is moderate. It was just a walk down a paved pathway with a bridge and staircase at the end and some slight incline, incredibly easy and more like a walk. That being said there is still some ice at the top and cleats would've been helpful! Beautiful views along the way

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icy
muddy
snow
24 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
snow
2 months ago

There is nothing to see to the end of the trail... otherwise the trail is a great one to do.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Did this trail this afternoon. Passed 10 people on the trail, but still felt very isolated. The waterfalls are covered in ice and snow so they aren’t visible, but the canyon is beautiful covered in snow and you can hear the water running if you’re quiet. The trail was packed snow the whole way, we were fine without micro-spikes, although we probably would’ve appreciated them in a couple places.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

icy
snow
5 months ago

Couldn't find the path past the falls as there was too much snow. While going up the canyon to the top of the falls, some parts were a little slippery due to the snow and ice so be careful!

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Lovely place! We went on Nov 9th and did the loop. it took us a little over 2h at a slow pace. We did it clockwise, not much to see after the falls. So if you want to shorten your trip, consider coming back the same way you went in. Snowy/icy throughout (even on the paved section), so wear cleats/spikes.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike with some nice views. Would be great without the pavement.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail begins and ends with a paved path that gets a tad boring, although the river is nice. When the trail turns up the canyon, the scenery gets more interesting thankfully. We did not end up finishing the entire loop up in the canyon because we saw some questionably fresh cougar prints and decided it wasn’t worth it to continue, we had seen pretty much everything we came to see.

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
snow
7 months ago

We did this hike a couple of days ago and absolutely loved it. Long paved section was a bit boring on the way back but the canyon loop through the forest was worth it. Lovely climb up and over the canyon. We completed the trail without crampons but would definitely recommend as some parts (beyond paved area) were very slippy and at a gradient, so much safer than just hiking boots. Although with a bit of slipping and sliding we made it!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

A beautiful and really enjoyable hike! The trail begins with a relatively lengthy stretch of wide paved path, and while some find this boring, we thought is was really lovely: gentle walking with pretty gorgeous mountain and river views. At the end of the paved path, we started the canyon loop with the trail to the left, which I would recommend. This way you ascend right alongside the clear, picturesque stream, with rushing sections and small waterfalls. You also get to navigate over and around some interesting rock formations, steps, and bridges. With the snowfall, there's a moment when the trail seems a little tricky to track, just as you cross some rocks and a bit of very, very shallow water. But you'll soon find a bridge across the creek and make your way into delightfully varied alpine forest, which continues throughout the rest of the loop. A breathtaking view before the loop begins to descend is not to be missed. Going slowly and stopping for plenty of pictures, we took 2 hrs and 45 mins, start to finish. Crampons were also pretty much a necessity for the canyon loop.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

the way to the canyon loop is Kind of boring.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike. The first half is easy on a paved trail with nice views of the Bow River mountains across the valley. The canyon starts very shortly after the pavement ends. The canyon is spectacular - very interesting geological formations and canyon erosion resulting in high jagged over hanging walls. The rock steps made me think of Lord of the Rings climbing up the steps to Mordor. After the canyon, the trail is a nice walk in the forest for the remainder of the loop. There is no open height of land for a grand view. So if you are planning a trail snack/lunch stop, do it along the canyon.

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