CoryPass-Mt Edith Circuit Sept 6,2009

This was a strenuous hike that took us up through a beautiful alpine forest. The rocky ascent is steep, but the scenic reward makes it all worthwhile. It is 5.8 km to Cory Pass.It rained on us for the first two hours which made it tougher. The journey to the pass was fun anc challenging. The  pass was cold and very windy. This the the high point on the trail which is situated between Mounts Cory and Edith. To complete the circuit, we descended via  the north side of the pass to  make a loop around Mt. Edith via the Edith Pass high trail. The trail is faint in places.Total Ascent for the whole circuit was 1015 Meters. Most of this is gained on the way up to Corey Pass, approximately 900 meters in 5.8 km. There was still climbing to do as we made our way over to Edith Pass. There is on short section of tricky scrambling on the way up but otherwise its straight forward and straight up. You need to pay attention to find your way though this hike as it is not clearly marked. The scenery on this hike is fabulous. You have good views of the Bow Valley all the way up to Corey Pass. The Gargoyle Valley has spectacular Scenery as you are hemmed in by Mount Edith and Louis.This is definately a hike we will do again.

You will need a Banff national park pass to use this area.

 

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Directions

Accessed from the Bow Valley Parkway. Continue on Bow Valley Parkway for 0.5 km to the Fireside Picnic Area access road. Follow the orad 1 km to the picnic area. The bridge spanning the creek to the picnic area is the starting point for the trail.

 


Total Distance; 12.28 km return ( 7.68 miles)
Elevation Gain- 1015 meters ( 3299 feet)
Time; It took us about 5-1/2 hours
Start Elevation : 1467 meters (4769 feet)
Max Elevation- 2482 meters (8067 feet)
Average grade- 14.1%