Sulphur Mountain-Sept 3,2011

Since I still can't scramble or put any weight on my right arm,(due to my shoulder dislocation at the end of June) , we were looking for hikes that wouldn't be too difficult but still rewarding. We haven't been to the Banff all summer so we decided to pick something in the Banff area. We picked Sulphur Mountain; this is where the Banff Gondola operates. So instead on taking the Gondola up to the lookout, we decided to hike it. Our group this time consisted of myself, Robin, Dan and Dave. The weather was great. It started as a cool day ( -2C ) and ended at 18C in the afternoon. The hike was fun and challenging enough at this time. We reached the top to find quite a few people enjoying the panoramic view. Looking at the peaks , we were trying to pick our next hike. Rundle is definately on the list, it just might not happen this year :(. A relaxing snack and then down to the bottom again. We decided to enjoy a nice lunch in Banff and headed home. A perfect day!

 

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Directions

Once you arrive in Banff continue south through town on Banff Avenue. On the south side of town you will cross the bridge over the Spray River. Once you have crossed the bridge you will turn left, travel approximately 100 metres and then turn right at the fork in the road up Mountain Avenue. If you go to the left at the fork you will end up at the Banff Springs Hotel. There are plenty of Gondola signs up Mountain Avenue which will lead you to the upper and lower parking lots at the base of the mountain. The Gondola leaves from the lower lot (waypoint #141) and the trail head is at the north west side of the upper lot (waypoint #143).

 

Sulphur Mountain

Distance- 11.6 km return
Elevation Gain- 732 m (2376 ft)
Max Elevation- 2628 meters ( 7564 ft)
Average Grade- 12.7 %-
Total Time- 3 hrs 30 minutes