This 15 km loop trail is well worth the strenuous workout up 915m to the Cory Pass, around behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead.
From the Fireside Picnic area follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You will then climb most of the 915 m over 4.5 km, eventually climbing well above the tree line. There are several points to stop to catch your breath and take photos on the way up. There is a tricky spot where the trail becomes indistinct on a sharp knoll on the ridge just before you come out of the trees. Watch the trail markers carefully.
Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the Trailhead.
NTS Map: 082O04
Elevation Gain: 920 m (3,018 ft).
The Fireside Picnic Area at the east end of the Bow Valley Parkway. Follow a 1 km access road from the Parkway to the picnic area. (See Map)
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Posted By: CoryM
- Wed Sep 25 16:28:28 EDT 2013
UpsideI'm not a seasoned hiker and it was definitely a struggle on the way up. Once out of the trees, it is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen! Looking forward to doing it again!
Posted By: email@example.com
- Tue Nov 22 15:09:43 EST 2011
DownsideLots of scree. Really steep in sections.
CommentWe had our dog with us and decided to hike this counter-clockwise. It is very easy to lose the trail below Cory Pass where there's a bit of a rock scramble. Wouldn't have been a problem if we'd gone clockwise since there were markers from that direction. We got off on a game trail and had a very hard time getting back to the trail. Still one of the most amazing hikes we've ever done.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri Aug 13 16:12:55 EDT 2010
UpsideA very fulfilling day trip with splendid alpine terrain and close-up views of the surrounding mountains.
DownsideDo be aware that this is one of the most difficult hikes in Banff National Park for strong hikers with good routefinding skills. This hike includes some very steep sections, a short section of downhill scrambling, and some rout finding. If you are not a seasoned hiker, you could have quite a miserable day out here.
CommentThis is the premier hike in the Banff area and a must-do for anyone who is in the proper shape. There is nothing like being close up and personal with the mountains.
This is a long and demanding day for anyone, with 13 km and 915 m of elevation gain that will require 7 hours to complete.
Posted By: klshep
- Thu May 11 22:42:55 EDT 2006
Upsidegreat views, great workout, all within a few minutes from banff