Cory and Edith Passes

Cory and Edith Passes near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
15 kms
7hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
Banff, AB
User Anonymous
This 15 km loop trail is well worth the strenuous workout up 915m to the Cory Pass, around behind Mt. Edith, past Mt. Louis and through the Edith Pass on the way back to the trailhead.

From the Fireside Picnic area follow the trail 1 km to the Cory pass junction. You will then climb most of the 915 m over 4.5 km, eventually climbing well above the tree line. There are several points to stop to catch your breath and take photos on the way up. There is a tricky spot where the trail becomes indistinct on a sharp knoll on the ridge just before you come out of the trees. Watch the trail markers carefully.

Once through the Cory pass you will follow a rough trail for about 3.5 km through scree fields and across avalanche paths until you regain the main hiking trail at Edith Pass. Descend along the drainage through the forest between Mt. Norquay and Mt. Edith until you loop past the Cory Pass junction again and then to the Trailhead.

NTS Map: 082O04

Elevation Gain: 920 m (3,018 ft).


Directions:

The Fireside Picnic Area at the east end of the Bow Valley Parkway. Follow a 1 km access road from the Parkway to the picnic area. (See Map)
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By HammyPosted By: Hammy  - Sun Oct 01 21:57:38 UTC 2017 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Cory to Edith pass. The descent through Edit Pass is stunning. Downside Short season, often snow bound. Comment I love this hike. We just did it Sept 23rd, and snow was knee deep down Edith Pass. No issues with a little trail blazing. It was a beautiful day.
By HammyPosted By: Hammy  - Wed Aug 23 18:52:52 UTC 2017 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great and varied views. Downside short season - snow can linger until end of June. Comment Recommend Cory Pass, and then continue along Edith. Sensational views. Look for the orange sign to enter the woods when you descend along Edith Pass.
By JoanaLyzaPosted By: JoanaLyza  - Sun Jul 31 03:16:11 UTC 2016 Not Rated Comment is it ok if i climb cory pass and mt.edith circuit all by myself from last week of august to 1st week of september? thank you
By JoanaLyzaPosted By: JoanaLyza  - Sun Jul 31 03:14:49 UTC 2016 Not Rated Question is it ok if i climb cory pass and mt.edith circuit all by myself from last week of august to 1st week of september? thank you

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By steph1980Posted By: steph1980  - Wed Aug 05 14:47:31 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside WOW, amazing views, very challenging and different types of terrain. Downside strenuous, must get there early to ensure you complete it prior to darkness (depending on the time of the year of course) Dress for it, the weather changes drastically once you get into the pass, very cold. Comment The views are breathtaking. Would do this again, however, would like to detour from path and explore the mountain sections more.
By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Thu Jul 03 02:50:10 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Nice views almost all the way up by Cory Pass. Smooth descent by Edith Pass. The Valley surrounded by Mt Cory-Louis and Edith is beautiful! Downside Edith Pass is a little boring. Good challenge with the total elevation, but no serious scrambling or exposure. We didn't get too excited there. Comment We were kind of tired from last week's incredible and hard scrambles. We thought we would do a Parks official trail to take a break... That was not a break :). It's a nice hike with over 900 m elevation and view all along by Cory Pass, but we didn't find it challenging otherwise. Path was obvious in our mind, no exposure, one portion of Cory Pass with a bit of scrambling, but it's well indicated and you get good hands-footholds with some trees to hang on to.

Edith is kind of boring with not much views, but it's nice to go down that way as the descent is smooth, pain free for my poor knees!
By CoryMPosted By: CoryM  - Wed Sep 25 20:28:28 UTC 2013 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside I'm not a seasoned hiker and it was definitely a struggle on the way up. Once out of the trees, it is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen! Looking forward to doing it again!
By teri4allan@gmail.comPosted By: teri4allan@gmail.com  - Tue Nov 22 20:09:43 UTC 2011 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Fantastic views! Downside Lots of scree. Really steep in sections. Comment We had our dog with us and decided to hike this counter-clockwise. It is very easy to lose the trail below Cory Pass where there's a bit of a rock scramble. Wouldn't have been a problem if we'd gone clockwise since there were markers from that direction. We got off on a game trail and had a very hard time getting back to the trail. Still one of the most amazing hikes we've ever done.
By longleggedhikerPosted By: longleggedhiker  - Fri Aug 13 20:12:55 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside A very fulfilling day trip with splendid alpine terrain and close-up views of the surrounding mountains. Downside Do be aware that this is one of the most difficult hikes in Banff National Park for strong hikers with good routefinding skills. This hike includes some very steep sections, a short section of downhill scrambling, and some rout finding. If you are not a seasoned hiker, you could have quite a miserable day out here. Comment This is the premier hike in the Banff area and a must-do for anyone who is in the proper shape. There is nothing like being close up and personal with the mountains.

This is a long and demanding day for anyone, with 13 km and 915 m of elevation gain that will require 7 hours to complete.
By klshepPosted By: klshep  - Fri May 12 02:42:55 UTC 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside great views, great workout, all within a few minutes from banff Downside none


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