Rockwall Trail, Kootenay National Park, Canada.

Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

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Michael,

I hope you are well. I thoroughly enjoy your site and it has become one of my first destinations for trip planning. Any suggestions for Banff and Jasper national parks in the Canadian Rockies? We’ll be heading there this summer. My wife and I are fit and can easily cover 10-12 miles a day, more if needed.

Thank you much,

Joshua
Bella Vista, AR

Hey Joshua,

I’ve done a fair bit of hiking and peak scrambling in the Canadian Rockies, including, most recently, backpacking and dayhiking with my family last summer in Kootenay and Yoho national parks.

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4 Responses to Ask Me: Where Should We Dayhike or Backpack in the Canadian Rockies?

  1. Julie   |  June 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I would second Michael’s opinion and give a big 2 thumbs up to the Rockwall Backpack. Six of us backpacked that route about 6 years ago and we were about the only ones there. I also backpacked the Iceline the same year, and while it was fun & pretty, its wasn’t nearly as spectacular (or long). We did another wonderful 5 day backpack the following year out of the Banff/Sunshine area and into Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park. That was also gorgeous, lots to see, and hardly anyone around until you get into Assiniboine. Jasper also has some wonderful backpacks and day hikes, the area is a real gem. Whatever you do, I hope you have a great trip.

    • michaellanza   |  June 2, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Hi Julie, thanks for your ideas. You’ve mentioned some places I’d like to hike, too. We all need more time for backpacking!

  2. Lyle Gordon   |  May 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Really like you blog, the Iceline trail looks really cool. I’m going to be in Calgary early October and I’m not very familiar with the Rockies, will the trail head usually be accessible? From what I’ve read snows tend to start sometime in September. I’m not worried about a bit of safe snow travel (I don’t have much avalanche/glacier experience on the trail but plowed roads would be nice, I wouldn’t want to have to walk many miles along the road or get a car trapped after a fall snowstorm. I’m looking to do a 15-25mile day or overnight hike about 2-2.5h from Calgary. Staying at an Alpine Club of Canada backcountry hut sounds cool. Any suggestions/advice you have would be great.

    • MichaelALanza   |  May 31, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Hi Lyle, thanks for the compliment. This story contains my suggestions. There are intermediate trails accessing the Rockwall Trail in Kootenay, allowing for shorter trips that the full traverse. And you can do the Iceline as an overnight hike. There are many options with ACC huts, although I imagine some may be closed by October. Hard to predict what you’ll see in terms of snow conditions, you’ll have to make that call when you’re there. Good luck.

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