Sulphur Mountain Summit Trail

Point Of Interest

4.6 from 8 users


Mountain Avenue, Improvement District No. 9, Alberta


Length: 5.5 km to top of gondola, plus 0.5 km to Sanson Peak Elevation gain: 655 m Hiking time: 4 hour round trip Trailhead: Banff Upper Hot Springs parking area Switchbacks on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain provide a steady uphill hike to a summit renowned for its expansive mountain views. At the top, enjoy the 0.5 km boardwalk along the ridge ending at Sanson Peak. Here, you will find the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and the 1903 weather observatory. From the boardwalk, return on the same trail to the parking lot. Alternatively, take an old fire road known as the Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail (5.4 km) to Sundance Trail, ending at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (2.6 km). Please note that if you choose to go down to the westside trail, you will need to find your own transportation back to the Sulphur Mountain trailhead. The Banff Upper Hot Springs is popular and the parking lot fills during the summer. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: 51.148805 Lng: -115.557605

User Reviews



Fantastic hike with lots of nice viewpoints! If winter/spring, bring cleats (spikes for shoes). Tip: You might get a free Gondola trip down if you ask nicely after they closed the information/ticket booth.


User 94004

Nice hike to the top and beautiful overview even it's a little crowded on the top.


User 48729

Great view at the top, hike itself is repetitive switchbacks with a view here and there. Took us 75 mins in hard pack snow the whole way. Spikes would have been helpful!


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