Mistaya Canyon

Mistaya Canyon near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
1 km
1 hour
easy
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User bfcoffey
NTS Map: 082N15
Elevation Gain: Negligible

Mistaya Canyon, in Banff National Park is a spectacular slot canyon close enough to the Icefields Parkway that even your grandmother could get there. It's a half kilometer (about 10 minutes) on an old logging road to a bridge over the cascading Mistaya River. At this point, the river has cut a series of rounded slots, or pockets, in the rock. It's deep and steep and very impressive, and what's more, it doesn't get nearly the volume of spectators that the much bigger Maligne Canyon gets.

The river and the views at Mistaya Canyon are spectacular. We were there in the summer of '03, the year of so many forest fires, so the mountains weren't very visible then. There's a mountain close by in the upper left photo that's barely visible.

This is the first leg of the Howse Pass Trail.

In winter please check the local avalanche bulletins if travelling in winter.

Directions:

You can park on the west side of the highway 31km north of the Bow summit, 5.5km south of Saskatchewan River Crossing. The trailhead is at the north end of the parking area. If you park at or near the south end and see multiple trails heading off into the bush, resist the urge to follow them. They end shortly afterward.
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By ratawebPosted By: rataweb  - Mon Jul 21 05:06:44 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Comment Nice place!!! And so easy to do!!!
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Wed May 14 04:09:54 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Few people, nice little canyon and easily accessible from the highway, only 300 m down the trail. Nice place to have a lunch.
By bikealPosted By: bikeal  - Sat Sep 16 16:16:17 UTC 2006 Not Rated Comment NTS Number: 082N15


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