We'll have 18 days, 17 nights to visit Canadian Rockies and Glacier NP (USA). Our main interests are scenic drives and hikes, natural wonders and wildlife. We are both decent hikers and can hike up to 20 miles a day. Our longest single hike this earlier this year was about 19 miles. Our longest cumulative day hikes were about 31 miles last year. We're energetic travelers so my itinerary may seem like a workout to some, but of course, we'll adjust the pace as we see fit. We like to have a lot of alternatives in place in case of bad weather, bear closures or cannot get a group of four, etc.
Currently, I can change all my lodging reservations, but not sure if I can coordinate availability. If it's truly worthwhile, I will consider moving the dates around, otherwise, this is what I have booked: 7 nights at Banff, 3/4 nights at Jasper, 6/7 nights at Glacier NP (USA). I really need to firm up my plan so I can cancel my double booked nights at Jasper and Glacier as described below.
All feedbacks are appreciated (trails/hikes suggestions and logistics, scenic routes to take, scenic local drives, and any unforeseen problems, anything at all...) Thank you in advance:
August 31: Drive to and Overnight at Banff. Explore town, get provisions, etc.
Sept 1: Overnight Banff. Drive Bow Valley, Tunnel Mt. Drive, Bow Falls, Bow Peak hike, Johnston Canyon,
Sept 2: Valley of Ten Peaks/Sentinel Pass
Sept 3: Overnight Banff. ???Suggestions???
Sept 4: Overnight Banff or LL. Iceline Trail and Lake of LL's Plains of Six Glaciers.
Sept 5: Overnight Banff/LL . Morraine Lake & Larch Valley/Sentinel Pass. Emerald Lake (canoe?) and/or Takakkaw Falls.
Sept 6: Overnight Banff/LL. Lake O'Hara Shuttle 8:30am. Can you help me plan about 15-16 miles worth of hike in this region??? Last shuttle leaves 6:30 pm, so will have 9 hours to hike.
Sept 7: Overnight Jasper. Icefield Drive and scenic stops. Parker Ridge and/or Wilcox Pass hikes.
Sept 8. Overnight Jasper. Maligne Canyon, Athabasca Falls, Opal Hills hike.
Sept 9: Overnight Jasper. The Skyline (27.6 miles) or Mt. Edith Cavell and Sulphur Skyline Trail
Sept 10: Overnight Jasper/Glacier. What else to do in Jasper or can head to Glacier NP (USA) via Hwy 22 and 40 thru Waterton to Many Glacier.
Sept 11: Overnight Glacier. Logan Pass/Highline to Swifcurrent w/ Grinnell Glacier Overlook (17 miles)
Sept 12: Overnight Glacier. Pitamakan-Dawson Hike (18 miles)
Sept 13: Overnight Glacier. Cracker Lake or Grinnell Glacier
Sept 14. Overnight Glacier. Chief Mt. Trailhead to Swiftcurrent (20 miles)
Sept 15. Overnight Glacier. Hidden Lake and Siyeh/Sunrift Gorge
Sept 16. Overnight Glacier. ???
Sept 17 : PM flight home.