June 17th 2019
Cory Pass is one of the better know Banff hikes it is in all the info guides. It is stated as strenuous and this is true. I think a lot of visitors under estimate how strenuous the hike is. 450 m of straight up and then some rock scrambling up and down. Not a stroll in the park. Then a total of 1015 m of elevation gain and 13.5 km. This is not something you pop into do in the afternoon. The hike starts on Hwy 1A just outside Banff. Do not go through the big wooden park entrance sign turn immediately right. The hike is broken into 6 phases. 1…. Trailhead and up 450 m 2…. Rock section up and down. 3……… Push onto the Pass to 950 m. 4………. Cory Pass down Gargoyle Valley. 5……….. 70 m climb out of Gargoyle Valley. 6 ……….. Edith/ Norquay valley back.