Distance: 4.3 km
Elevation Gain: 300 m
Rating: Easy (book rating, and it is, but its a climb)
This is a great chance to climb your first mountain! The hike starts in banff, or you can cut a half KM off the journey and start just down tunnel mountain drive from the banff center.
The trail is a series of switchbacks just going up the side of the mountain, its basically up up up. Its not steep and the trails are wide and well maintained. You will get to see views all the way up but closer to the top you get to see over the other side of the mountain. Its a full 360 view. At the top there is a great big rock slab to take a much deserved break. You did it, you climbed a mountain! *for Climbing this in the winter I highly recommend spikes for your shoes and I dont go without poles. Its popular so it gets packed down, most likely no need for snow shoes.
This is a very popular trail so go early if you want to avoid the crowds.
Parking is also limited.
Lovely little hike :)
Reviews aimed at beginners on trails in Banff, Kananaskis, Vancouver Island and beyond