Bow Peak

Bow Peak 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
12 kms
6hours
difficult
Hiking
Summer
Banff, AB
User EasyT

This my favorite hike of all time. In just a day hike you can summit a mountain and write your name in a Canadian Rockies summit-cairn register (don't forget your pen!).

There are 2 snags that deters many.

1) There is no trail head and no trail really in the beginning

2) There is a river to ford fairly early in the hike

Directions:

Park on the southeast side of the road in the small gravel pullout 0.9 km southeast from the Crowfoot Glacier Veiwpoint. There should be dark black rocks on a dirt slope on the opposite side of the road.

Follow the road east-southeast 230 paces there should be a culvert.

Contiune following the road another 140 paces.

Turn right (south) there may be some flagging, maybe not.

Climb the roadside boulders and look for foot beaten path.

Follow the path. At one point the path Y's take the RIGHT path.Your goal is to cross the Bow River right at the mouth of Bow Lake. If you end up at the river further downstream or the lake upstream, you've gone the wrong way. Follow your body of water untill they meet.

Time to cross the river. I have crossed this twice and the water level varies alot. From just over my boot to mid thigh. Be care the current is strong. Do not cross if the water is too high!

On the other side of river the trail is easy to pick up. Follow it for about 2km.

You end up on a wet rocky area and the trail can be hard to follow look for flags leading you up the mountain


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By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Tue Jul 04 01:29:27 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 Magnificent views of the surrounding lakes, tarns, glaciers, and peaks. Downside Having to cross Bow River. Comment Completed on Canada Day in 2017 in dry conditions with some snow patches. Coincidentally there was an old Canadian flag hidden in the summit cairn for this 150th Canada Day ascent.

Edwards Rating: I (II) M M

5 to 7 hours

// Elevation of 952 m NET, 1021 m TOT & max 2880 m

*****
This is a must in our opinion: beautiful views, tarns, lakes, glacier and diversity of colors, waterfalls and flora. The scrambling portion is not that fun though as we went up pretty early on the west facing slope of green piled-up boulders and a descent down a scree slope (GR426197) that was not as good as we hoped. Be careful with rock falls. I triggered a rock fall and didnâ??t realize it until a decent size rock tumbled down to injure my right leg. We realized we were never enough vigilant when descending a scree slope and that we should wear our helmet on every scramble. The trail is quite obvious and marked sometimes with flags and except for the river crossing (GR401223), we really liked that scramble.
By kpj047Posted By: kpj047  - Thu Jul 28 20:09:46 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 Phenomenal views that make it feel like you are at the top of the world. You will have the place to yourself given the difficulty in locating the trailhead and fording the river. Downside Last 500m vertical happens fast and is a difficult slog to the summit. Wouldn't be a bad idea to wear a helmet and gloves. Comment Breathtaking hike. I did it on a clear summer day and you can see several unbelievably blue lakes, glaciers, and the big distant peaks of Mt. Temple and Assiniboine. One of my favourites.


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