Distance: 13 km (one way)
Canmore to Banff 155 m
Banff to Canmore 384 m
Special Considerations: wide multi purpose trail (walking, biking) Ample parking at Canmore end and commuters are available in summer to take you back to the other end if needed.
I have only done this hike starting at the Canmore end at the base of Ha Ling peak and Mount Rundle, starting at this end you are mostly going down hill. The path is wide and mostly flat, there are tree routes and walks but it is a very passable route. This hike will take you to the spray lakes loop in Banff (trail head just south of the Banff Springs)
Not a very scenic hike it still has its charms as a nice stroll through the woods from one town to the next. At the base of Mount Rundle you will follow Goat Creek and have a few river crossings, the bridges are wide and well maintained. From either end you will be able to organize a communter to bring you back to the other end. I walked in about 8 km and turned back to make a 16 km loop. Not paved so a mountain bike is needed to ride this route if you were so inclined.
Overall not my favorite but an easy access, gentle ascent or decent route to get moving.
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