Hiking up Mount Rundle

One of the most exciting activities to do in Banff Alberta is hiking, and climbing the Mount Rundle summit happens to be one of the most exciting scrambles in, or nearby Banff. The summit itself offers hikers an amazing journey up a total of 9675’, aka 2949 meters. The climb elevation is around 5175’, or 1577 meters, which holds a beautiful 11 km journey for hikers. Nature enthusiasts can expect to spend between 7 and 8 hours on their journey.

Climbing Mount Rundle is not for the faint of heart, as the elevation of this strenuous hike is quite substantial. First time or inexperienced hikers would do well to pick up a copy of “A Scrambler’s Guide to Mount Rundle” from the Banff Alberta Information Centre, located on 224 Banff Avenue. It is also a very good idea to check the trail condition report via Parks Canada, just to make sure the hiking conditions are ideal.

Technically, Mount Rundle is described as an easy scramble, or climb. However, what hikers must consider is that during the climb, 900 meters of elevation is gained over a distance of a mere 6.5 kilometers. This can make an incredible difference for to an unprepared hiker. The change in pressure will make the ears pop, and the conditions will get windier and colder the higher the ascent.

Mount Rundle in Banff Alberta is one of the most exciting and scenic hikes in the area, but it is important to be smart and safe anytime one takes a hike in the wilderness. Make sure there are drinks and snacks in the backpack, just in case. Also, at the first sign of foul weather, one should about face and head back down the mountain. The weather can quickly escalate into hail, lightening and heavy rain, increasing the risk of mudslides.