Featured HIKING TRAILS
Northwest of Banff, the Redearth Creek Trail climbs an old fire road deep into the backcountry below the Great Divide (12km one-way). The scenic routes ascents 300m. The hiking trailhead is located of TC1 about 15 km west of Banff.
In the Waterton Lakes National Park, there are several trails through the incredible glacial carved peaks soaring up to 9,600. The hiking trails wind through sub-alpine forests of red-barked Engelmann spruce. The best routes include the Akamina Pass/Creek Trail (6 km), Wishbone Trail (6.5 km), and Bauerman Creek (4.5 km).
Linking Banff and Canmore, the Rundle Riverside trails is a rough rocky roller coaster. The hiking trail combines 8km of trail with 6 km of double track and starts in Banff near the kiosk at the far end of the Golf Course Loop Road.
North of Lake Lousie off the Icefields Parkway, the Alexandra River Trail is a rough and tumble hike on abandoned roads leading to a spectacular, remote wilderness valley (21km / 90m). There are several challenging river crossings best done during low water seasons. Be ready for a little bushwacking.
Just west of Chateau Lake Louise, the 7 km route to Ross Lake is a nice hike through undulating subalpine forest. The trailhead is hidden behind the Chateau above the Lake Louise townsite.
West of Banff, the Brewster Creek Trail follows gravel and dirt doubletrack up the Brewster Creek valley to Banff Sundance Lodge (30 km). A rugged and muddy track continues beyond climbing 1000m up over Allenby Pass (21 km).
Just east of Lake Louise, the 20 mile Skoki Valley provides a quick escape from the hordes of tourists into the wide flowering meadows between the peaks of the Slate Range. The hike runs through Deception Pass and onto Merlin Lake.
The Great Divide Trail is a 750 mile hiking trek along the Canadian Rockies. From the US border at Glacier National Park, the trail heads north through Waterton Lakes National Park, Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Jasper National Park, Willmore Wilderness Park and ends in Kakawa Provincial Park near Mt Sir Alexander.