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Edith Pass

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 4.5 (2)

The return from Cory Pass - less strenuous on the knees.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

61%

Runnable

7,761' 2,366 m

High

4,655' 1,419 m

Low

3,106' 947 m

Up

44' 13 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

A good running trail (in fact, I ran much of it myself) but it is covered with many roots. There are a few stream crossings, but you shouldn't have many problems unless it has been wetted recently.

Description

Edith Pass isn't the most amazing trail on its own. It is typically linked as the descent from Cory Pass due to the longer, less severe decline. But, that's not to say it is at all a bad trail. This description is written assuming you are linking from Cory Pass.

The start of the trail I found amazingly fun - opinions vary - it is loose rock, ranging from gravel to cobble stones 4-6in or so in diameter. It's quite loose, so you can almost "glissade" down for the first fraction of a mile. But if you choose to run, no need to worry, it's a well-worn trail that you'll have no trouble following. It doesn't last very long before the trail turns into a dense forest that I remember had the most amazing Christmas-like scent I've ever smelled outdoors!

You'll cross a stream a few times after about the 1/2 way mark on this trail, which is a good place to fill up your water (filter it) if you need to. If you're just running back from the peak, it's all descent so you shouldn't need too much water by this point to make it back to the car, assuming you've parked near the finish on this map.

This trail sees less traffic than Cory Pass, so you'll encounter fewer people. Enjoy the seclusion!

Flora & Fauna

Predominantly pine and subalpine forest. You're in bear country, but sightings are quite rare in Banff - use your judgment on how to best prepare, rangers recommend not hiking alone, or at the very least, bring bear spray.

Contacts

Land Manager: Alberta Parks

Shared By:

Dave Mencel

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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The initial portion of the descent down Edith Pass. Gravel lined path, but don't forget to look up and take it all in!
Apr 16, 2015 near Banff, AB
You'll pack on quite a bit of vertical in a very short time on this hike!
Apr 16, 2015 near Banff, AB
Cory & Edith Passes.
Sep 7, 2017 near Banff, AB
Near the junction between Cory and Edith passes
Apr 16, 2015 near Banff, AB
The view atop Cory Pass is a welcome reward for the ruthless climb on the way up.
Dec 11, 2016 near Banff, AB
Osprey
Apr 23, 2015 near Banff, AB

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