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Address: Highway 1A, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 0C0, Canada
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Great but Strenuous hike

This hike, near Banff, makes a nice loop trail. By the time you get around the backside you have left all of civilization behind you. A good antidote to the busy main street of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
David C
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This hike, near Banff, makes a nice loop trail. By the time you get around the backside you have left all of civilization behind you. A good antidote to the busy main street of Banff. It is a good workout, so you need to be in decent shape, and should carry enough water, snacks and rain gear. You're out long... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I have been wanted to do this hike for some times and finally get the chance to see this magnificent Cory and Edith pass. This hike is not and easy hike with some scrambling up the pass, beautiful ledges along the mt. Edith, loose scree down from the pass and also need some path finding skills on the way down.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We loved every part of it, because the view and changing landscape are amazing! The hike is challenging though, very long and steep with lots of gravel in the end.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

As many other reviewers have noted the hike to Cory Pass is a challenge with long sections of steep climbing. We probably climbed 600m in the 2nd and 3rd kms of the walk. There then follows a km or so of ups and down in a wooded area terminated by a tricky descent on narrow and sharp rocks. The final... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This is one of my favorite hikes ever, but it is very difficult. Lots of steep grades, some scrambling, and even some boot skiing. Do not attempt if you are not a relatively experienced hiker and in good shape.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This hike is challenging but the views at the top are worth it. The entire loop through both passes is 8.5 miles according to our Garmin. The entire hike took us about 5.5 hours. I would recommend hiking clockwise so that you can continue to enjoy the terrific views after Cory Pass and all the way down through Edith.

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Thank Anna S
Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

I'm told Cory Pass is very rewarding, so I am giving this hike 3 stars based on the lousy Edith Pass section (which on it's own, I would give NO stars). If you've been hiking for a few years, you've done some great ones, and not so great ones. My girlfriend and I had a few hours to kill one... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

As someone who has had little difficulty with trails designated "challenging" in the Lower 48, I was surprised to discover that in Canada, they really mean it! This was a tough hike, with quite steep (30-35% grades), a steep chimney to descend, some very loose scree, and a relentless downhill (though gentler on the Edith Pass side). I recommend doing... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Very steep with high elevation gain. Not suitable for young families nor for those not fit. Hike trail clockwise and you will have the majority of the gain behind you when you reach the Valley of the Gargoles. This hike has everything. Scree, rock scrambling, forested path all with great views. The rewards of seeing historic Mt Louis are worth... More 

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alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

great excercise for those who want to get back to nature. the cory and edith passes are a long hike and not right in banff, you have drive to these hikes.

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