With hundreds of hiking trails available in the Rocky Mountains how do you know which one to choose? Professional guides have picked their favourite ‘signature’ trails in Banff and Lake Louise, and selected what is considered the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the rockies should not be missed.
Your interpretive Guides’ priority is to have a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. You will be hiking in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters.
Choose from five signature hikes. See the schedule and hiking routes in the Need to Know tab. Hiking time is between four and six hours. Hike safely in a small group and enjoy an alpine picnic lunch (included).
This hiking experience is great for first time hikers and families.
Minimum age: 12 years.
Season: June-early October.
Departs: 08:30 from Banff.
Duration: 3-6 hours (depends on the hike route)
Professional certified guide;
Use of hiking poles;
Hotel pick up and drop off from Banff;
Gondola/Shuttle and chairlift for Sunshine Meadows Hike (only).
Alpine Picnic Lunch (with choice of sandwich, brownie, fruit, juice and maple cookies)
Hiking Trail Schedule:
Larch Valley (Monday and Saturday)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Return Distance: 9.0km (5.6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 465m (1500ft)
Stanley Glaicer (Tuesday and Thursday)
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Return Distance: 8.4km (5.25miles)
Elevation Gain: 395m (1285ft)
Plain of Six (Wednesday and Friday)
Rated: Easy – Moderate
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Return Distance: 10.6km (6.6miles)
Elevation Gain: 340m (1100ft)
Kootenay National Park Trails (Sunday)
Hiking time: Cumulative 4 – 6 hours
Return distance: Cumulative ~8km, depending on trails
Elevation gain: Cumulative ~150m, depending on trails
Sunshine Meadows (Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Return Distance: 5-10kms (3-6 miles)
Elevation Gain: 100-200m (300-700ft)
Remember to bring:
Warm clothing, and plenty of layers, including hats, gloves and a rain jacket.
Sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
Snacks and water (to supplement lunch if required)
Please note that due to weather and trail restrictions, Experience Provider reserves the right to change the location of any of the hikes for the safety of our customers.
Information on how to book your experience will be provided in your experience voucher.