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biking hiking Banded Peak, Alberta

Posted Sep 20 2009 10:36pm

by Besthike editor Rick McCharles

One of the best day hikes out of my home town, Calgary, is Banded Peak. But it’s a big day:

Something like 37 km return, a 1416m (4645ft) height gain.

Perhaps 27km on the bike and a 10km return hike/scree scramble to the 2,934m (9,626ft) summit.

Banded Peak from near the trailhead

Banded Peak from near the trailhead

Here’s the final deceptively easy looking approach.



Banded Peak, together with Mount Glasgow, Mount Cornwall, and Outlaw Peak, forms a small range which lies between the Little Elbow River to the north and the Elbow River to the south. …


It’s become a tradition with the families of some of my hiking buddies to take their sons on this adventure as something of a rite of passage to manhood.

On Sept. 19th, 2009 we took three 13-yr-olds. They had to get to the top … or die trying.


Rob Glaser, our leader, was far from certain that a group this big could finish. And finish in time before night fall.

Here we are on the summit. Everyone made it. Somehow.


It was extremely windy on top. I’d estimate 80km/hr (50MPH).

Other than that, the weather was great for this time of the year. We were lucky.

Our best fun was some of the scree runs on descent.


Happily, we all made it back to the trailhead by 5:30PM.


more photos from this adventure


  • Kananaskis Country Trail Guide – Vol. 2
  • Scrambles In the Canadian Rockies 3rd edition
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