With over 1,600 kilometers (1,100 miles) of maintained trails, Banff National Park is a hiker’s dream. Whether you wish to breathe the fresh air around the glaciers in the alpine or watch the sunset on a riverside stroll — Banff has you covered. And if you’re in the mood for a pleasant ridge hike with some fantastic views, there’s no better place to go than Sulphur Mountain. The mountain, named after two sulfurous hot springs located on its lower slopes, will knock your socks off with amazing panoramic views of the town of Banff, the Bow Valley, and a grand total of six different mountain ranges. Thanks to some beautiful greenery and fascinating indigenous wildlife, you’ll truly feel at one with nature here.

  • Enjoy a stunning 360 panorama of the surrounding mountains

  • A rich variety of terrain will keep you on your toes

  • Learn about the history of Banff, one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations

Itinerary

Explore the subalpine and alpine terrain of Sulphur Mountain and the Sundance range of Banff! Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the start of the trek, and get ready to trek through subalpine forests, limestone slabs and high mountain scree slopes with views of the Sundance range, the high peaks of Lake Louise and the Assiniboine area. Not an experienced hiker? Don’t worry, an ACMG-certified guide will make sure your hike goes safely and without a hitch.

Meet your guide

Alpine Air Adventures
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Alpine Air Adventures
You’re never on your own in the Banff wilderness because the experienced professionals from Alpine Air Adventures are here to guide you. While they know how to have a great time, they’re always mindful of advanced safety practices. They’re committed to showing each of their guests the best of the Rockies while protecting them every step of the way.
5.00 (2 reviews)
Amazing hike!
Aaron D. about Alpine Air Adventures on Tripadvisor

My family did the ridgeline hike with Jeff, and it was the coolest thing we’ve ever done on vacation. 5 isn’t high enough a rating. The views are ridiculous. The hike is a challenge, but manageable. I can’t recommend this enough.

April D. about Alpine Air Adventures on Tripadvisor

I highly recommend this guided hike! We were able to experience the beauty of the mountains in a way that we would never have been able to do on our own. It is UNBELIEVABLY gorgeous- a must do!! Our guide, Jeff, is very professional and came prepared with everything we needed – hiking poles, ice axes (it snowed just before our hike), a fabulous lunch, and even a couple of spare hiking jackets for those of us who were over-dressed and needed something more appropriate to wear. The hike itself was challenging/adventurous, but still very manageable for the inexperienced. When we remember our trip to Banff – this will be the day we remember the best:)

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travellers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Sulphur Mountain, Alberta, please refer to Alberta’s official COVID-19 info website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A full day of hiking
      • Gondola lift ticket to the trailhead

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
  • The best thing about hiking in Sulphur Mountain is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full-day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Small backpack
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For the group adventures, the usual client to guide ratio is 8:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for a tour to operate.
      • All prices are per person. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Sulphur Mountain can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Sulphur Mountain, most people fly into Calgary International Airport 1.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle to Banff.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in Banff or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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