Castle Mountain Lookout

Castle Mountain Lookout near Banff, AB


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
8 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Spring, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User bikeal
NTS Maps: 082O05

Elevation Gain: 436 m (1,430 ft).

This is a short, steep path that climbs to a tremendous viewing area. From the lookout, which is still far below the crest of the imposing Castle Mountain, the Bow Valley extends in both directions in almost limitless majesty.

You will work to ejoy this view, climbing more than 530m in just 3.7-km, but few have ever complained after experiencing the panorama they are rewarded with at the lookout.

The return trip, it hardly needs to be mentioned, is all downhill and a much faster walk than the ascent.

In winter please check the Avaluator (Online Trip Planner) rating is: Complex. See more trip planner route details here.

Directions:

The trailhead is located approximately 5-km northwest of Castle Junction on Highway 1A.

There is a designated parking area.


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By Pothier87Posted By: Pothier87  - Sat Apr 06 15:26:39 UTC 2013 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
By johnvikPosted By: johnvik  - Wed Jan 19 23:11:32 UTC 2011 Not Rated Question Should a family have bear bells and/or bear spray.
And is parking easily accessible when you arrive
at the trailhead

ANSWERS are in this forum:  hiking to castle mountain in the summer months
By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Fri Aug 13 19:48:15 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside A great half-day hike to a lookout providing good views of the Bow Valley and Storm Mountain. Downside You gain 520 m over 3.7 km so it is quite steep all the way up, but it is completely in the trees so you are not exposed Comment This is a good hike for anyone who is driving along the Bow Valley Parkway as it lets you really see the area. The trail is soft so it is not too hard of a climb.

It takes 2 hrs up and 1 hr down for a total time of 3 hrs.


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