Cory / Edith Pass Loop


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Sunday, September 2, 2012
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Trip Report

The September long weekend found our family camping in Banff National Park. We decided to finally do a hike that's been on my mind for a long time already - pretty much since I completed the scramble traverse of Mount Edith a number of years back.

The Cory Pass / Edith Pass hike is the only hike with the rating of "intense" in the Banff / Lake Louise hiking pamphlet guides. It has 1000 meters of height gain and is around 13km (loop) distance so you can imagine that it's a bit of work!

We took around 6-6.5 hours with a relaxed but steady pace, we didn't see any other kids on this hike. My kids were 11 and 13 and they carried the dog (6.5 lbs) but Hann and I carried all the rest of the food / water.

This hike is a surprising amount of work but it's worth it. The views are incredible and there's even some scrambling on the way up the ridge to Cory Pass. I would not suggest this hike for anyone with a fear of heights or exposure because they will not like the scrambling bits. I would also suggest going down the Edith Pass trail - not UP that way! It's a great descent compared to the bone jarring descent down from Cory Pass and you get exciting views of Mount Louis when you descend right past it.

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