Cory Pass hike is sure to get the hearts going of even the most fit hikers. This hike offers excellent views of the Banff townsite and beautiful Mount Louis, a favorite of the local climbing community. Beginning in the Bow Valley, the trail climbs steadily into Cory Pass where natural rock pillars guard the way. Avalanche chutes are also plentiful. Be advised that there is no water available on this hike, yet, lots is necessary to get you through the day.
Banff: Follow the Trans-Canada Highway 3km west of the town of Banff to the Highway 1A west turnoff: The trailhead is at the Fireside Picnic Area.
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Posted By: drunknsnoshu
- Thu Aug 16 04:26:10 UTC 2018
UpsideVaried terrain, spectacular views especially over the pass. DownsideComing back from Edith Pass (if doing the loop clockwise) gets a bit mundane. CommentOne of Banff's classic loop's, a must do. Take your time and enjoy a perfect day in the mountains.
Posted By: CoryM
- Mon Jun 30 15:14:09 UTC 2014
UpsideEasily accessible from Hwy. 1. There are spectacular views every time you stop to catch your breath! DownsideI'm not sure there are any! CommentMy ambitious friend chose this one for us because my name is Cory, and therefore must hike Mt. Cory. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding days of my life. Can't wait to do it again!
Posted By: Cath
- Wed Apr 16 20:14:48 UTC 2014
QuestionHi, my family will be coming to Banff and Jasper this August to go hiking. I am interested in the Cory Pass. We are all fit and strong, so are not worried about steepness, but three of us are female and we are concerned about the "facilities" on the Cory Pass/Edith Pass hike. We are not keen on the idea of "popping a squat" along a hiking trail and are wondering if there is an out house along the way, or is it only at the trailhead. Strange question, I know, but we ladies have to think about these things. Seven hours is a long time to "hold it."ANSWERS are in this forum: Cory Pass
Posted By: frenchie
- Tue Aug 20 14:59:56 UTC 2013
UpsideSo incredibly satisfying to do this hike. Big climb (go up Corey Pass and down Edith so the descent is not so steep and hard on your knees). Incredible views, very few people (we climbed tues Aug 6th) cause the "extreme" rating may scare many away.</br></br> Downsideroad noise at beginning and end for short time (you don't care cause at the beginning you are excited and at the end you are exhausted</br></br> CommentAbsolutely loved this climb. So diverse, challenging and beautiful. A must do. We had some adventure, hail, thunder and lightening right at the top! Got soaked. Then the climb down through the forest was challenging as it was wet with big narly roots that were slippery. And we were tired at that point. That slowed us down. overall took 7.25 hrs! Hiking poles a must on the climb to save your lower back. Our son (21 yr old) comment when we reached the top "we have reached Middle Earth" for you Lord of the Rings fans. Beautiful big rock formations. Did I say I loved this climb?? </br></br>
Posted By: jpl
- Mon Mar 24 19:00:35 UTC 2008
UpsideFabulous! Although this hike will work you hard, it is spectacular!!!!!!!! You are always on the way up but the destination is wow wow wow! You hike right up to the peaks! Views are A+! You walk right into a saddle between 2 peaks, when you are there you feel great! DownsideFirst few kms you have highway noise, but it goes through a pleasant forest. CommentThis hike has a bit of everything, flat forest, steep forest, rock climb (minor), cliff ledge, valley edge, rock slide.... Do the entire circuit! If you go around there a pleasant forest walk which will provide some nice shade, a very cool relief on a hot day.