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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-10-2018, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Planning a trip to Alberta in July.
Would appreciate any info on most scenic day hikes south of Banff.
We have experienced the hikes around Lake Louise and Morraine Lake.
Time to explore some new country.
Thanks in advance!
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If you have never been to Sunshine/Healy area it is probably best bang for your buck. There are meadows, lakes and there will be wildflowers. Many options are possible; here's one I did last year and it ranks easily in top 10 trips ever in the Rockies.

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You follow standard Healy Pass trail for 5.5 km, then branch left to Simpson pass and onto Eohippus lake. This is just fantastic alpine walk. Then, as you and Lynn are good and fit hikers, you can do full loop by getting up to Monarch Ramparts and returning via Healy Pass. Here is one report I filled for this loop:

https://forums.clubtread.com/130-cana...rch-healy.html

You can also see imagery from my other trips in the area (incl. maps and GPS tracks) here

I can give you tons of other ideas Mr. B if you specify what kind of trips or area you are interested in
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Can I piggy-back on this thread?

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I can give you tons of other ideas Mr. B if you specify what kind of trips or area you are interested in
Can you recommend day hikes in the Banff/Canmore area? Say within ~1hr drive from Banff townsite.

I'm looking for moderate hikes: ~15km, ~500m elevation gain/loss (both flexible - hikes that are doable but challenging for a short day with 1 moderately fit hiker and 1 not so fit hiker).

I'm more familiar with Jasper, I don't know what hikes in the Banff area are best reward/effort (and less busy). Most interested in alpine trails, mountain and glacier views, high alpine lakes. Nothing technical and no scrambling or route-finding.
(In Jasper some of my favourite hikes like this would be Cavell high meadows, Verdant pass, Lake Wilcox, beauty creek - so similar trails would be appreciated)

Thanks!
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Can you recommend day hikes in the Banff/Canmore area? Say within ~1hr drive from Banff townsite.

Check my trip reports.

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Thanks @zeljkok! This is a great resource!
After looking through your TRs and some other info I have the following ideas and would love to hear advice or suggestions on them. We have 1 half day (travel day in), 1 ~2/3 day (travel day out) and 3 other days.
Day 1: Grassi knob
Days 2,3,4:
- Arnica and Twin lakes
- Wenkchemna pass
- Healy pass and monarch ramparts (is this the best use of our day in Sunshine area? Any thoughts on this TR I found: https://www.trailpeak.com/index.jsp?con=trail&val=12488 ?)
Day 5: Taylor lake and whatever we have time for beyond
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