Readers Choice: Top 12 Hikes Within Spittin’ Distance From Banff

Wondering what to do this weekend?

The fine folks at Hike365 and Highline Magazine have joined forces with our local audiences to create a top 12 list of the locals’ favourite hikes in the Rockies, within 3 hours launching from Banff. The survey we hosted in April came back with some incredible results, and we’ve pared it down to a top three in each category.

Now get out there and show this summer how it’s done!


Gentle Hikes

Rawson Lake. Photo by Amy Blair.

Rawson Lake. Photo by Amy Blair.

 

A walk. A meditation. Hiking for relaxation. A great dog walk. A hike you’d take a visitor on to show them the goods. Great on a rainy day. Less than two hours return. Minimal elevation gain (1m – 300m).

Your picks:

1. Troll Falls 2. Consolation Lakes 3. Rawson Lake


Go-To Hikes

The Iceline Trail. Photo courtesy of Darren Umbsaar.

The Iceline Trail. Photo courtesy of Darren Umbsaar.

 

It’s a workout. Great views. Never gets old. Could be a great after/before work micro-adventure (if you’re adventurous). Moderate grade, single track, minimal exposure. More than three hours return. Elevation gain (200m+) and/or moderate distance.

Your picks:

1. Heart Mountain 2. Sentinel Pass 3. Iceline Trail, Little Yoho Valley


Push Yourself Hikes

Mt Bourgeau. Photo courtesy of AV Wakefield.

Mt Bourgeau. Photo courtesy of AV Wakefield.

 

Great views. Ridge lines, scrambles, alpine lakes and tarns, remote locations. You feel a definite sense of accomplishment when finished. Moderate-intense elevation gain (600m+) and/or long distance. Moderate to intense grade, single track, switchbacks, monderate-intense exposure.

Your picks:

1. Mount Bourgeau 2. Cory Pass 3. North Molar Pass


 Dream Hikes

Berg-Lake---Callum-Snape

Berg Lake. Photo by Callum Snape.

 

A bucket list hike! More than 10 hours return or could require at least one overnight stay. Intense elevation gain (900m+) and/or long distance. Ridge lines, scrambles, backpacking trips, remote locations, alpine lakes and tarns, glaciers. Aggressive grade, single track, glacier travel.

Your picks:

1. Rockwall 2. Berg Lake and Snowbird Pass  3. Birdwood Pass to Burstall Pass

Take a hike, man.

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