Crystal Ridge

Crystal Ridge near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
8 kms
8hours
difficult
Snowshoeing
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Banff, AB
User dkmountainman

I rated this difficult because we did it in the winter while trail breaking most of the route. Because I go scrambling and hiking relatively often it was moderate for me but if you are used to flat areas with less elevation gain in the winter than this trip may be difficult for you because you are summitting a peak after all.

Parking is at the Helen Lake Parking lot right beside Bow Lake. From there you cross the street and the trail head is at the outhouses. You follow this for a couple of km but then break left off the main trail eventually You are pretty much gaining elevation until you reach the 2 summits and then its pretty easy to find your way back. Follow the gps route attached.

Its a popular backcountry ski area so you may see many trails to the summit.

Directions:

Parking is at the Helen Lake Parking lot right beside Bow Lake along highway 93 North.


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By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Sat Feb 06 15:14:05 UTC 2016 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Not crowded & breathtaking views of the glaciers nearby. This is a short and rewarding hike. Downside None Comment Edwards Rating: I (I) S S
3.5 to 6 hours
Elevation of 682 m total at 2611 m.
Snowshoes are a must!

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This is a wonderful spot and you really feel like you`re in pure wilderness. This is so quiet, the views of Cirque & Dolomite Peaks with Bow & Crowfoot glaciers on the other side makes it a very rewarding short hike. We had snowshoes for the first time and we couldn`t have completed the whole loop without them. We had snow over mid-thighs sometimes. We completed the 2 summits in just over 4.5 hours so that`s quite short and so worth it.


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