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D5: THE YELLOWSTONE OF BANFF HIKE!

  • Jul 21, 2012 · 7:00 AM
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Where: Banff National Park (Icefield parkway)

When: July 7, 2012

Who: 10 people

Distance: 26 km

Elevation Time: 1000 m

Difficulty: D5 (elevation + distance + river crossing = long day)

Safety: This trip involves river crossings.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE WRITE-UP BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS TRIP!!!

Drivers will be required, so please indicate if you can drive.


The start of this trail climbs steadily through a west facing forest for 3 kilometers and opens up to grand views on a wide alpine meadow. The trail passes through the meadow then continues climbing switchbacks for another 200 meters. The trail descends down to a scenic lake over looking the edge of the hanging valley. After crossing the valley the trail working its way up and over a mountain pass then slowing descends into other valley with a head wall of similar presents as the wedding cake in Rome. After passing marmots basking in the sun, the trail meanders its way down the valley until we reach a grassy flood plain. Following the flood plain the trail eventually crosses the a river at which point we will be required to take off our boots and get wet. So, be prepared for a knee-high river crossings. The trail starts to climb again until it’s over looking the lower part of the valley on the top end of the waterfalls. We will work our way around the falls to the bottom where we will stop for lunch and photo opportunities.

The hike is a roller coaster ride with plenty of elevation gain and loss. Water is available, so we will be able to refill out water bottles on sections of the trail. Plan for a long full day of hiking and bring extra food. This trail is very scenic and provides ample opportunities to capture some great photographs. Remember no cotton clothing!

You must be in good physical condition to complete and enjoy this trip!

It is your responsibility to make sure you have acquired all required equipment, clothing, and food for this trip. All outdoor activities involve a certain degree of risk, so it is up to you to be prepared, self-reliant, responsible, cautious, and aware of hazards. As well, mountain weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for changes. Check the weather before the trip to determine appropriate clothing. For safety reasons, if you show up for this trip unprepared or with inappropriate clothing / gear you will not be permitted to continue on the trip. The trips starts at the trail head.

If you have any questions I can be contacted at [masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone, for great day in the mountains!

    July 24, 2012

  • steve

    by far the best day ever , thanks alot for taking us to such an amazing spot

    July 23, 2012

  • Benoit

    Thanks will for the organisation. If ever you wander, we did "only" 25.3 km and 1410M of total ascent.

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please be on time, we are going to try and leave at 7:15am. also have what you need for the river crossings.

    July 20, 2012

  • Deirdre

    I understand as well but frustrating when the spots are gone by the time you get the e-mail.

    April 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Elda, I use a manual waiting list on all my trips. As I mainly plan backpacking trips I require people who are dedicated to the trip, because another member will be relying on them during the trip. This has also helped me provide trips with less people rotating through the going not going list. When you add yourself to a trip your more likely to stay on the trip.

    April 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, just letting you know I had to move this trip forward two weeks. I hope it still works for you.

    April 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The pace will not be slow, because it will already be a long day.

    April 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like an amazing trip what is the pace?

    April 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Morgan,

    I've set it up this way because I'm not ready to open the trip to RSVP's yet.

    April 14, 2012

  • Morgan

    Hi - why is the RSVP open the day before the hike? Is this correct?

    April 13, 2012

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  • steve
    Member 2016
  • Damon
    Organizer, member 2014
  • Hung D.
    member 2012
  • A former member
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