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The Cory Pass Edith Pass loop trail is known to be one of Banffs toughest and most beautiful hikes.
It's a very steep climb for the first two-thirds of the hike up Cory Pass which is mirrored at the end by an equally steep descent down Edith Pass on loose gravel.
But the challenges underfoot are matched with the spectacularness of the views that surround, which is why this hike is so popular! Starting at the Fireside Picnic Area you climb up first through a mixture of shaded woodland and exposed meadows.
You’ll then hit the ridgeline, where as well as fantastic views of the surrounding mountainous landscape, you will have to scramble a bit over boulders, watching out for loose rocks.
Cutting under Mount Edith, you then follow a river downstream, descending steeply through a rocky patch until you hit a beautiful pine forest.
The path through the forest takes you back to your starting point, marking the end of the hike! **Sources** https://www.laidbacktrip.com/posts/cory-edith-pass-hike https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/banff/edith-and-cory-pass-circuit/ https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7003939/cory-edith-passes