This steep trail takes you part way up Cascade Mountain just outside the town of Banff and ends in a large bowl that has been gouged out of a mountainside by a glacier. Jumbles of rock beside an alpine pond in this cirque make for a good lunch spot. Along the trail you pass the fenced off ventilation shafts from the C-Level coal beds that were part of the Bankhead mining operation until the early 1920's. The return distance is 7.8 km with an elevation gain of 450 m.
The trail starts at Upper Bankhead, off Minnewanka Road about 7km north of the town of Banff.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sat Jul 13 01:22:18 UTC 2013
UpsideEasy, can be done by any hikers, even not experimented. DownsideNot a spectacular view if you stop after 4km, where the "official" trail ends. CommentI've done it twice in 2 days. Once with a group and we didn't go further than the end of the trail. I went 500m upper the second time, an unofficial trail but very clean and easy to find where you end up beside a "wall" of Cascade Mountain. Then it would be dangerous and exposed scrambling, even climbing. But even there,you get a superb view of the valley up to Canmore and Lake Minnewanka as well. It's worth it, short but steep for that part. Could be challenging if you rarelly hike.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri Aug 13 02:33:18 UTC 2010
UpsideA good, moderatley steep trail all the way to a cirque with nice views of the Banff area and Lake Minnewanka. DownsideThis is not a long day hike and for quite a bit of the way up, you are socked in the trees and cant see much. CommentA classic scree and boulder-strewn Canadian Rockies cirque carved into the cliffs of Cascade Mountain.
This is ideal for anyone in Banff who wants to get away from the crowds and enjoy the forest and a cirque with views.
Posted By: sara_scarlette
- Sat Aug 29 22:08:57 UTC 2009
UpsideNice forest scenery; not too crowded; nice views at the end. DownsideToo short! Also, the first 1/2 k or so of the trail is really loose gravel, which is not great for going steep up/downhill (especially with a dog). CommentWe thoroughly enjoyed this hike, short as it was, it was still a good workout. We got there early and had it to ourselves, which was also nice.
Posted By: Lopes
- Tue Sep 12 01:53:36 UTC 2006
UpsideThis trail is really close to the Banff townsite. DownsideThe views aren't spectacular. CommentThis is great for a shirt trail run if you're looking for something close to Banff.