Past Meetup

Difficult Hike/Easy Scramble - Castle Mountain


First ascended in 1884 by Arthur Coleman, Castle Mountain is noteworthy because it is the easternmost mountain of the Main Ranges in the Bow Valley of the Canadian Rockies.

This is one of the best and scenic hikes in Banff area so there be plenty of opportunities for photo breaks.

A good level of fitness is required as we go at a medium/fast pace. Please be realistic about your abilities. You must be able to commit to the entire event.

Rating: Difficult Hike / Easy Scramble

Distance: 28.4 km
Elevation gain: 1294 m
Time: 10 hrs

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Hiking boots

Hiking poles

Proper seasonal wear (dress in layers, toque, gloves)

Lunch and drinks (bring enough food to last for 10 hrs, summit strongbow)

Sun glasses, SPF rated lip balm, sunscreen

No jeans, no cotton clothing of any kind!

Gear can be rented at MEC and UofC Outdoor Center.

We will meet at the in Calgary meeting point and carpool from there. Please be on time as we will only wait a short while past past the departure time before we leave.

Drive west on the Trans-Canada to the Castle Mountain Junction (highway #93) which is approximately 28 kilometers west of Banff. Drive east on highway #93 towards the #1A. Turn right at the store and cabins on Highway #1A and park in the parking lot for the Rockbound Lake Trail.


You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.


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