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D5 Cory Pass/Edith Pass Circuit


Location: Banff NP.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation Gain: 1000 m

Trailhead: Drive west from Banff on the Trans-Canada highway. Turn right onto the highway 1A, Bow valley parkway (5.7 km west of the Norquay interchange). After ~300m turn right onto the access road and follow the road to its end at the Fireside Picnic Area.


This 15 km loop trail is well worth the strenuous workout up 915m to the Cory Pass, around behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST STRENUOUS HIKES IN THE BANFF AREA, SO NO BEGINNERS WILL BE ALLOWED. 

From the Fireside Picnic area follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You will then climb most of the 915 m over 4.5 km, eventually climbing well above the tree line. There are several points to stop to catch your breath and take photos on the way up. There is a tricky spot where the trail becomes indistinct on a sharp knoll on the ridge just before you come out of the trees. Watch the trail markers carefully.

Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the Trailhead.

More info:

Book: Don't waste your time in the Canadian rockies (Kathy and Craig Copeland), trip#33

RSVP: Update your RSVP as early as possible. If you are unable to attend for any reason whatsoever, LET ME KNOW as soon as possible. Please indicate in your COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. I need to know if we have adequate transportation for all participants.

My cell phone is[masked]-1260.

TRIP WAIVER AND CONDITIONS: You must sign a trip waiver to attend this event. Also you have paid your membership fees online before the trip if you are not a member yet.

This hike is not for beginners hikers. Please be realistic about your abilities.


I am not a mountain guide, just an enthusiast outdoor hiker who enjoys sharing the outdoor experiences.


Gas contributions for drivers is expected by all participants.
CORA trips start at the trailhead. As a convenience to participants only, we meet at the meeting point in Calgary then car pool from there. Please be on time. We don't want to have to wait around long. Please indicate in your RSVP COMMENTS if you can drive, if necessary. Please reimburse some $$ to drivers for gas.

EQUIPMENT: Weather can change quickly -- rain, snow, wind, warm, or cold -- BE PREPARED. NO COTTON!

Mandatory: Lunch and snacks, at least 2-3 litres of water, layers (fleece, waterproof jacket, gloves), sturdy boots and hiking poles

Recommended – camera, bear spray, hat.

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  • Jachym R.

    Great hike, thanks to all. Don't know how to upload on the CORA site but photos posted on my picasaweb

    email me at [masked]

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Anne

      Nice pictures! :)

      1 · August 25, 2013

    • Pam

      Thanks for the great photos, Jachym. It was such a great day...a challenging but amazing hike and enjoyed the conversations just as much. Hope to see you on another hike soon.

      September 1, 2013

  • Pam

    Thanks for the great photos! It was such a wonderful day.


    August 31, 2013

  • Anne

    Thanks for a really nice day! :)

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Cathrine M

    A great day with good company. thank you for organizing Diana!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Pam

    This was an especially nice hike - fast pace but a good challenge for me! I really enjoyed the conversations on the trail as well. Thanks, Diana and everyone!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Diana P.

    We are short of drivers, please let me know if you can drive (if you have not). I will give priority to a couple drivers to be able to set up the carpool. Thanks.

    August 21, 2013

    • Mihaela M.

      Hi Diana, as I am leaving far SW I will come through Brag Creek i would like to meet the group at Petro Canada station on HWY 1.if there is somebody else leaving in this area I can give them a ride. I am on waiting list elso and I would like to know if I will be accepted as I have to take turns with my husband and this is my weekend and I really want to go hiking. Thanks

      August 22, 2013

    • Cathrine M

      I can take two and I have a park pass

      August 24, 2013

  • Diana P.

    Most probably we won't have much snow at this time of the year. Thanks for point this out, I copied the trip from a previous trip earlier in the season.

    August 20, 2013

  • Cathrine M

    "Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths (we will not pass here is avalanche risks are stil high) until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. " Avalanche danger in august????

    August 20, 2013

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