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Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

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Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

Hi All,

I am looking for short easy hikes in the area. We will have a baby in a carrier, so we prefer hikes with less mosquito activity. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

Yoho: Takakkaw Falls hike

Lake Louise: Fairview lookout trail

Banff:

banfflakelouise.com/Things-To-Do/Summer-Adve…

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2. Re: Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

if staying in the town of banff, a very nice, easy walk is down to the bow falls. path on the side of the banff springs hotel, is flat, easy (just watch out for horse poop) and has a great view of the falls at the end. you can also walk on the other side of the river which will let you view some nice homes...more uphill...no great view of the falls but a nice walk.

again, in banff, in the other direction of the falls,..the walk along the river is nice, flat and has some benches to relax on.

between banff/lake louise is johnsons canyon...if you hike up to the "first" part...it is uphill but an easy hike and only about 20 minutes (i think).

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3. Re: Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

I am not sure of your definition of "short" - less than 5 km? less than 10 km?

When are you coming? Mosquito season here in the Rockies runs from early July to about mid-August. It's pretty hard to avoid them, unless you wear repellent (not recommended for babies, I know) or hike in windy places. Most subalpine forest environments will have some (these tend to be damper areas than lower, montane forests).

Some shorter hikes in the Jasper townsite area are the Valley of the Five Lakes (the shortest loop is about 3 km), and the Old Fort Point loop, which is, iirc, about 4 or 4.5 km. There are also a huge number of loops you can do on the Pyramid Bench just behind the town of Jasper, but if you are here during mosquito season, you will want to avoid the Bench. The trails there are pleasant forest walks but not the spectacular subalpine type of hikes the Rockies are famous for.

Maligne Canyon is a popular hike/walk, but you'll be sharing the trail with many others.

There are also some short loops at Maligne Lake - the Mary Schaffer Loop, the Moose Lake loop, or the beginning portion of the Skyline Trail, to Mona and Lorraine Lakes.

Parker Ridge, a few km south of the Icefields is a 5 km (return) hike to the top of a ridge, and gives stunning views of the Saskatchewan Glacier, another of the outlet glaciers of the Columbia Icefield. Wilcox Pass is also another great trail, and if you don't want to hike all the way to the pass marker (8 km return), you can go just a couple of kilometres up the trail, to the viewpoint overlooking the Athasbasca Glacier.

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4. Re: Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

Thanks all for the helpful suggestions. By short I meant 2-3hrs hikes. We are coming in mid July. Sorry for being vague.

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5. Re: Short hikes in Banff/Jasper/Yoho?

Sorry, I think "2-3 hours" is even more vague! ;-) That could be anything from poking along over a 4 km or less nature trail to a fast 12+ km (although given you are carrying a baby, the latter is less likely). Many of the hikes that are rated "moderate" in the Canadian Rockies are in the 8 to 12 km range (5 to 7 miles), with 300 to 400 metres (1000 to 1500 ft) of elevation gain, and can be done in three hours by reasonably fit hikers.

The Banff National Park hiking page might be helpful: pc.gc.ca/pn-np/…randonee-hiking.aspx

And here is Jasper's: pc.gc.ca/eng/…randon-hike.aspx

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