Dawn to Dusk in Banff National Park

Sulphur Mountain Trail

Start your morning with 360 degree views of Banff National Park. Head out for a short climb to Cascade Falls and cool off with a dip in Quarry Lake.

This is a micro adventure in one of the world’s most desired National Parks. The common excuse for those who tend to skip the great outdoors is lack of time. This one day adventure is an example that you can cram a lot into a day!

Dawn: Sunrise hike up to South Ridge in Banff. Start at the famous Banff Upper Hot Springs where the Sulphur Mountain Trailhead begins. A 5.5km switchback trail will get you above the trees in no time to 360 degree views of the majestic Banff National Park. To avoid crowds hike a further mile to South Ridge where you will have the views all to yourself. (If you do so at sunrise, you are assured of views of the Canadian Rockies to yourself and those you hike with).

Noon: To cool off take the 15’ drive East to the adventure capital of Alberta-Canmore. On the south side of Bow Valley you will find Quarry Lake Park where you can take a dip via rope swing while taking in the Three Sisters and Ha Ling peaks.

Dusk: To finish off the day hike the short climb (20’) up to Cascade Falls where you will be given jaw dropping views of Banff National Park. Take the Lake Minnewanka exit as you return back to the park. Head to Banff Brewery in downtown Banff for local brews and great pub food to cap off your micro adventure.

For more trip planning resources including lodging, dining, and outdoor recreation, check out the Banff & Lake Louise Traveler Bureau

Pack List

  • Backpacking or camping gear if you decide to camp
  • Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Daypack (optional)
  • Water
  • Food
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RT Distance 6.8 Miles
Activities Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Swimming Hole

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Amazing

Went out to Banff a couple summers ago and it changed my life. So beautiful, and you feel like every breath is just the purest possible air you could ever breathe.


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