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).
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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Posted By: Hammy
- Sun Oct 01 21:57:38 UTC 2017
UpsideCory to Edith pass. The descent through Edit Pass is stunning. DownsideShort season, often snow bound. CommentI 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.
Posted By: Hammy
- Wed Aug 23 18:52:52 UTC 2017
UpsideGreat and varied views. Downsideshort season - snow can linger until end of June. CommentRecommend Cory Pass, and then continue along Edith. Sensational views. Look for the orange sign to enter the woods when you descend along Edith Pass.
Posted By: JoanaLyza
- Sun Jul 31 03:16:11 UTC 2016
Commentis 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
Posted By: JoanaLyza
- Sun Jul 31 03:14:49 UTC 2016
Questionis 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 youANSWERS are in this forum: inquiry
Posted By: steph1980
- Wed Aug 05 14:47:31 UTC 2015
UpsideWOW, amazing views, very challenging and different types of terrain. Downsidestrenuous, 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. CommentThe views are breathtaking. Would do this again, however, would like to detour from path and explore the mountain sections more.
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Thu Jul 03 02:50:10 UTC 2014
UpsideNice 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! DownsideEdith Pass is a little boring. Good challenge with the total elevation, but no serious scrambling or exposure. We didn't get too excited there. CommentWe 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!
Posted By: CoryM
- Wed Sep 25 20:28:28 UTC 2013
UpsideI'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!
Posted By: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tue Nov 22 20:09:43 UTC 2011
UpsideFantastic views! DownsideLots of scree. Really steep in sections. CommentWe 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.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri Aug 13 20:12:55 UTC 2010
UpsideA very fulfilling day trip with splendid alpine terrain and close-up views of the surrounding mountains. DownsideDo 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. CommentThis 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.
Posted By: klshep
- Fri May 12 02:42:55 UTC 2006
Upsidegreat views, great workout, all within a few minutes from banff Downsidenone