This is an alternative to the traditional front route to the top of Sulphur Mountain (which starts half way up the east side of the mountain from the base of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola). This route starts at the valley bottom, so it is quite a bit longer, and goes up the west side. It utilizes a road that was used for the original construction of the top station. Time and distance include the return trip. Today, there was snow at higher elevations... but then again it is November 11, in a mild year!
Start at the "Cave & Basin" which is at the end of Cave Avenue, in Banff.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sun Apr 15 20:45:19 UTC 2018
UpsideBeautiful views most of the time on nearby Sundance and Sawback Ranges. Mount Edith is stunning from this side of Sulphur. Not busy compared to the normal eastern ascent under the gondola. DownsideThis is a long hike only to get to the top of Sulphur even though generally enjoyable. CommentCompleted on April 14, 2018 with a solid snowpack most of the time. Every step out of track was 3-4 feet steep in wet snow. 4 to 6 hours Elevation 1012 m total
***** This is much longer way to get to the top of Sulphur Mountain but the trail is obvious, easy and provides much greater views than the trail under the gondola. Going along Sundance Range with awesome views of Mount Cory, Edith, Norquay & Pilot Mountain to name a few. We met 3 other groups only so it is definitely not as busy.