The first two thirds of the trail are beside a firebreak line. Sulphur Mountain Trail is a 5.5 km maintained trail that runs from the Banff Gondola lower terminal on the ground, all the way to the top of Sulphur Mountain, down around the backside of the mountain and all the way to the Cave and Basin. note...there is NO water source on the trail once u start the actual sulfur trail. Bonus - when you get to the hot springs parking lot, go halfway up the staircase to the hot springs and find a foot bath on the right - it's free and feels great! Had to carry all my stuff to another locker. The station was built as a research post to measure cosmic rays that fall through the atmosphere. You can take the sky ride also. Enjoy the panoramic views of the magnificent mountain ranges around you and the interpretive signs of the mountains important history. Definitely took us long time with all the snow but the view was beautiful the whole way up! The first was built in 1903. You will find the old Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station perched right at the top. To end off your day on a perfect note, take a dip in the Banff Hot Springs at the bottom of the gondola. Lots of trees blown over onto trail. It was much needed. Hike description: Switchbacks on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain provide a steady uphill hike to a summit renowned for its expansive mountain views (5.5km). Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site of Canada found atop Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, commemorates Canada's participation in the International Geophysical Year, during 1957 to 1958. Originally Sulphur Mountain was referred to as Terrace Mountain on George Dawson's 1886 map of the area. Views of the valley were incredible! Bright side was that the scenery was a fair bit nicer and the lush grass made for a pleasent break. On top, You will see "Cosmic Ray Station" which was very important station due to high elevation. Snow covered starting from the cave & basin, getting progressively snowier as we climbed. Which we were glad about seeing as it took us 5 hours not 4, with all the fluffy snow! Sulphur Moutain via Cosmic Ray Road - Out and Back. It is a beautiful climb non the less. Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site of Canada found atop Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, commemorates Canada's participation in the International Geophysical Year, during 1957 to 1958. The Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station remained in operation until 1978 and the building was removed in 1981. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Once you mosey around The wooden plateforms all the way to the summit. We ended up hiking up cosmic road and came back down the same way instead of doing the hike down the trail by the gondola. Winter | great trail, the down walk over the back of sulfur was definitely less trafficked than the front side and only saw one other person before reaching the horse trails by the water. Time: 4 hours The first 2.4 km of the trail is part of sundance canyon trail . As of June 2010 if you hike up you get a free ride down which your knees will thank very much. Canada constructed nine sites to study cosmic rays, but this site in particular was the most important due to its higher elevation. I loaded all my clothes into the pay locker at the hot springs and the lock wouldn't work. This is a hike! Attractions | This is the GPS graph of the elevation change for the loop. As we mentioned before, there are a few ways up Sulphur Mountain. When you get to the upper gondola terminal, you have can go to the Cosmic Ray station, where you’ll find your way into the crowd that took the gondolas. The remainder of the trail is easy to figure out and has a nice view. The great thing about the gondola is that if you hike up, chances are you can most likely get a free ride down, at least we have both times we have hiked up the mountain! Geophysicists studied cosmic rays and space particles entering the atmosphere from the station perched above the town of Banff, until 1978. Decent views, but nothing spectacular. Take this access road. At the top it is incredibly busy from all the Gondola traffic and people who have hiked up the front side. Much nicer coming up the back way than the front. The first being the gondola, the second and third is hiking up the trail under the gondola as well as hiking the back of Sulphur Mountain via the Cosmic Ray road. From the upper terminal a boardwalk leads along the ridge to the Cosmic Ray Station, the true summit of Sullphur Mountain (additional 0.6km). The official trail had starts around the 5km mark and finishes at the summit. The last route is longer but much more scenic and well worth the exercise as the view from the top is just that much more rewarding. Sulphur Mountain has actually been home to 2 research facilities on top of Sanson's Peak. We parked at the hot springs, hiked about 4.5km downhill, hiked the trail, enjoyed a beer and ice cream at the top, took a free ride down, and hopped into the pool for a great soak. Constructed in 1956, the Cosmic Ray Station was built along with 9 other sites across Canada to monitor cosmic rays. Something to do if you live here and want something to do after or before work, or you're here for a long vacation and want a quiet walk. At the top, enjoy the 0.5 km boardwalk along the ridge ending at Sanson Peak where the Cosmic Ray Station is located. The cave does smell strongly of sulphur and is very humid and warm inside but it is a must see if you are visiting Banff. I think i still preferred this to the switchbacks at the front side. Loved this trail! also the summit gondola people werent letting hikers in due to covid for any reason...though they were kind enough to provide a small bottle of water. Follow the signage for sundance canyon trail. The history behind it was fascinating. Here, you will find the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and the 1903 weather observatory. About 2-3 switchbacks from the top there were many more tracks and the snow became more compact and slippery. We opted for the free gondola ride down, as the busier more switchback-y side looked very slushy/icy. The name of “Sulphur Mountain” itself was adopted in 1916 because of the sulphuric hot springs found on the lower slopes. For all you can eat, there is not much to choose from for the hefty price you pay but that is simply our opinion! The rest of the 5.8 km are a steady climb on the backside of sulphur mountain. As Norman settled out in Banff, he took employment as a bookkeeper and was introduced to Mr. Mecleod who was the park meteorologist and the curator of Banff Park Museum at the time. Only traces of snow near the very top and trail in very good condition. In winter the gondola ride down the mountain is free. We chose this option because our car was waiting for us at the cave basin and at this time we don't think there's shuttles or much public transit available. Very windy at the top but sheltered on the way up. It took about 2hours and the view was good. With jaw-dropping views of the Bow Valley, hikers can continue along a one-kilometre (0.6-mile) … Saw lots of wildlife (whitetails, marmots, etc.). A plaque now marks the site's location. Enjoyed getting to stroll through the cave and basin. On a service road the entire way up, no variation in terrain, nothing much to see until you get to the tourist attraction at the top. The starting point is Upper Hot Springs parking lot (1,561m) ending at Sulphur Mountain upper gondola terminal (2,300m) or Sanson’s Peak (2,440m) which is 1 km further in distance If you’re up for the challenge: current record on Strava app from over 600 people is 32 minutes from the parking lot to the upper terminal Share your thoughts in the comments below. it's to bad it was so smokey out. It’s a very popular hike so if you want to avoid people, go early early morning. The hike down to the cave and basin is pretty straight forward. Could see how you would be way to exposed on a hot day , got a pretty bad burn, definitely recommend this hike though! The peak of Sulphur Mountain itself was named Sanson's Peak in 1948 after Norman Sanson, Banff's zookeeper, meteorologist and curator of Banff Park Museum. there was still some snow up there, but it's possible to make your way around. Great views for a proposal! But in the shoulder-season when a hike can be hard to find in the mountains, there’s a longer option that starts at the Cave and Basin parking lot and finishes at the summit ridge boardwalk on Sulphur Mountain via Cosmic Ray Road. The Cosmic Ray Station on Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park was built by the National Research Council in the winter of 1956-57. Winter hiking up Sulfur Mountain then deciding to take the interesting way down in Banff. You may have to right click and select "Save Link As" if your browser does not download it automatically. Hiked this route June 20th. Absolutely amazing views! The views all the way up are pretty spectacular though, it would be perfect once the snow has melted some more/more people have made it compact too. Banff Gondola The trail eventually turns into a single track for a short awhile before returning back to its usual wide nature. Bring spikes and poles and be prepared. Lyrics, music and video by Henna Hyvärinen and Susan Kooi, produced during echo+seashell's Western Canada tour 2016. Follow this paved trail for 2.4 km. Not that it was easy - the constant, gradual incline will give you a good workout! Might be quicker to just follow the road. Now a national historic site, the Cave and Basin is a tourist site that can be visited to see pictures of the old pool, see an endangered snail species and of course visit the originally cave of hot springs that was originally first discovered leading to the hot springs public opening. In 1956 - 1957, the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station was built to study cosmic rays as part of the “International Geophysical Year”. Book your tickets online for Sulphur Mountain, Banff National Park: See 717 reviews, articles, and 695 photos of Sulphur Mountain, ranked No.10 on Tripadvisor among 117 attractions in Banff National Park. Great views for a proposal! The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Switchbacks on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain provide a steady uphill hike to a summit renowned for its expansive mountain views. You will want to walk past the building and after a short ways you will reach the true trail head. Sulphur Mountain via Cosmic Ray Road is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. Now the public hot springs, referred to as Banff Upper Hot Springs, is on the east of Sulphur Mountain where its parking lot is above the gondola's parking lot. Lots of amazing wildlife, we even saw a bear family so bear spray is definitely recommend!! It's about a kilometer hike from the Banff Gondola Upper Terminal - a few thousand steps I suppose but if you go at a decent pace, it won't take more than 15-20 minutes. Slippery, dense snow, too, despite the heavy sun. Canada constructed nine sites to study cosmic rays, but this site in particular was the most important due to its higher elevation. I did OK with just Yaktrax, but I'm glad I wasn't just in boots. This is a tough slog, as there are few switchbacks and a relentless slope. To get to the start of the trail, follow the paved road toward Sundance Canyon for 2-3 kms. There is some snow near the top, but easy to make your way around. Scrambling | The one positive is that because the trail is so boring you can easily jog the entire way back down if you do this as an out-and-back. The second facility was built in the winter of 1956-1957. The Sulphur Mountain trail is a moderate hike that switchbacks its way to the summit ridge. Completed June 3 2020. There are many more interesting hikes in Banff. 1 review of Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site "If you can, definitely visit this place. It is great for people of all ages and there is a gift shop and cafeteria and 2 restaurants up top, although we do not quite recommend the buffet. There were no other hikers until we got to the top. After going up the trail for ~15 minutes, you come to a fork. overall great views is mountain goats! Hike. Great hike. Wide, mostly maintained trail with a few fallen trees across the path, but easy to go around or over. As you climb up, spectacular views open up to the west. Everything is well fitted out there with wooded sidewalk for anyone who wants to walk on the ridge of the mountain. The building was not removed until 1981 and a plaque now stands to mark the location along with interpretive signs. Sulphur Mountain Trail. This hike starts with a long flat section on a paved path starting from the Cave & Basin before you begin the actual ascent. If you're lucky you may just see marmots popping out of the rock fall. We took snowshoes with us … After starting at the Upper Banff Hot Springs parking lot and going all the way around through parts of Banff to the back of Sulphur Mountain, we treated ourselves to a nice cold beer and popsicles; the best reward of all! It is now a National Historic Site of Canada and a plaque marks its location. It took us approx 2.5 hours to climb, and an hour to come down. 1 contribution. Jaeggi had quickly recognized the need for tourist facilities on this popular mountain. It has one great advantage of offering a free ride down. Too many tourists at the top for my liking but definitely worth continuing along the traverse of the ridge a few more Km for solitude and great views. Cosmic rays are very high-energy … The walk down is pretty straight forward. Great first summit of the year. Great trail. Originally, Sanson was from Toronto and was the son of a clergyman. Start / finish indicated by the black line. Gage wrote a review Sep 2020. Book your tickets online for Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site, Banff: See 5 reviews, articles, and photos of Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site, ranked No.44 on Tripadvisor among 52 attractions in Banff. fire road type trail on the cosmic ray side and dirt switchbacks on the gondola side. Once you reach the large, and only zig zag you are nearing the top. If you choose to take this route it offers a great workout early in the season when most peaks are still snow capped. 4 stars because there were amazing views up the valley almost the entire way up but it is very busy at the top and on the front side on the way down. "Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station, a National Historic Site of Canada found atop Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park, commemorates Canada's participation in the International Geophysical Year, during 1957 to 1958. Be sure to save it as a .gpx file. Contact, © 2020 Outdoor Escapade. As we mentioned before, there are a few ways up Sulphur Mountain. All Rights Reserved, Sulphur Mountain via Cosmic Ray Road A network of trails along the ridge, and viewing decks at the gondola station, provide stunning views of the Bow Valley. Hiking. Only in Banff for a day so wanted to make the most of it. From the top you can choose to hike down the same trail back, take the trail down underneath the gondola, or what we suggest is to just hop on a gondola and get a free ride down! For this reason the road you follow all the way up from Sundance Canyon is called 'Cosmic Ray road'. Visited by thousands of tourists, hikers and locals each year, there is a wide spectrum of reasons to choose from why the mountain is so popular! At the top, discover the amazing interpretive centre and mountaintop family adventure activities. If you are interested in doing just the trail itself, skip this section and jump down to the bolded trail head start. Sulphur Mountain via Cosmic Ray Road? At the top, enjoy the 0.5 km boardwalk along the ridge ending at Sanson Peak where the Cosmic Ray Station is located. It’s an easy hike down from there to soak in some fresh mountain air! You will feel like you’re on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck, where the optional Banff Skywalk (a 1km self-guided interpretive walkway) leads you to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station. Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station Located at the top of Sulphur Mountain in Alberta's Rocky Mountains (and reached by a short hike after riding the Banff Gondola) the Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station in Banff National Park has been a National Historic Site since 1982. Really enjoyed this, went as our day 1 hike in Banff. All reviews weather station gondola ride cosmic ray station cable car walk up observation deck spectacular views hot springs board walk surrounding mountains great hike bow valley visiting banff both ways mountain goats elevation gain banff area summit boardwalk peak switchbacks trail. The back route to the summit is far more rewarding with great views across the valley and particularly of Mount Edith. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. The station has had an interesting history.Its unique position at the summit of Sulphur Mountain made it a prime location firstly as a weather observation station and then in 1959 becoming a cosmic ray station. 1 contribution. John and I did the Sulphur Mountain hike in November when there was snow on the ground. The hot springs at the base of Sulphur Mountain are home to the endangered Banff Springs snail and the now-extinct Banff longnose dace. i. Take a short walk along the interpretive boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak and peer into the structure where Norman Sanson recorded his observations for 30 years. It's a fairly long slog to the top but I made it in approx 1.30hr. Didn't see a soul but saw plenty of deer and marmots. You'll see a sign on the left for Sulfur Mountain Summit. It is a pleasant 15min walk along the boardwalk to get there and you have a … This is the GPS track overlay heading up Sulphur Mountain from the backside. A steady incline the entire way up, but worth it for the view at the top. Take the path right to head up toward the summit (left will take you on the dotted line back toward the paved road). Sulphur Mountain via Cosmic Ray Road is a 13.0 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. A must do for all visitors and hikers. Sulphur Mountain is one of the most well-known mountain peaks in Banff with a surprisingly few options of how to reach the summit. very amazing views and the way up is very moderate but continuing. Make it a one-way hike to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and ride the Banff Gondola down for $32 ($16 for children). Still some snow up near the top but enough melt to stay on the trail. What a feat! You have a few options with this trail. 1 hr 50 mins up, 1 hr 20 mins down. I came here last 4days ago with Sulphur Mountain Trail. The Sulphur Mountain hike from the Cave and Basin Trailhead. It was a challenging hike! Anyone in reasonable shape won't find this hard - its technically very easy and safe. What were your experiences Originally, the hot springs were commercially built for the public where Banff's Cave and Basin is. Hike description: Switchbacks on the slopes of Sulphur Mountain provide a steady uphill hike to a summit renowned for its expansive mountain views (5.5km). Pretty sure we saw some bear tracks on the trail at one point too! Nice secluded trail with a nice view of Bow River. Hiking | hiking At the top, enjoy the 0.5 km boardwalk along the ridge ending at Sanson Peak. Beautiful views and an incredible hike all around ! Keep an eye out for fossilized worms and strange sea life on the rock faces as you ascend! You will basically walk back everything you drove up all the way past the T intersection at the bridge and continue on the road till you reach the Cave and Basin. Gage wrote a review Sep. 2020. Click here to download the GPS route in GPX format. Bring good traction/spikes as its now snow covered towards top. A series of switchbacks lead to the summit ridge of Sulphur Mountain and the upper terminal of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola (5.4km). This is the building that still exists today that visitors can peak through the windows and see the rustic furnishings of the observatory and historical artifacts. Definitely too early in the season for this hike! We were lucky to see a few and even see a couple of them fight! At the sign indicating that there is 0.8 km left to sundance canyon, an old access road that appears to head steeply up is visible on your left. Elevation is 1561m at the parking lot, 2265m at the upper gondola terminal, … After starting at the Upper Banff Hot Springs … There is a boardwalk you can walk to the observatory as well. You can also follow a short trail up to the historic Cosmic Ray Station. Almost cosmic ;). All reviews weather station gondola ride cosmic ray station cable car walk up observation deck spectacular views hot springs board walk surrounding mountains great hike bow valley visiting banff both ways mountain goats elevation gain summit peak switchbacks trail clouds snow. This strenuous trail follows a series of switchbacks to the summit ridge, and the upper terminal of the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada, Sehenswürdigkeit, ist in Alberta und hat eine Höhe von 2227 Meter. Well, this was extremely boring! Nice alternative to avoid the crowds on the front side. From the parking lot head up the path to the Cave and Basin Historical Site. I loved I decide to start from candace canyon. A good solid hike overall. 14 June; I'm writing a review at the top now!! I also saw a beaver (in the river before the ascent starts) hoary marmots, and mule deer. A small laboratory was built on Sanson's Peak by the National Research Council as a contribution on Canada's part to the International Geophysical Year. The path itself is wide, safe, and actually maintained, but we definitely stopped now and again to catch our breath as it’s a long stretch of moderate incline. The first teahouse on the summit of Sulphur Mountain opened in the summer of 1940 on the site of the present summit complex. After the hike, we took a dip in the hot springs. Since we did the whole loop from the hot springs, if you are starting at the Cave and Basin the route only starts around the top center going counter clock-wise finishing on the bottom right right before the straight line which would be the gondola. Not very difficult with less of an incline than the front side and a little bit more interesting terrain. One problem that arises with this choice is that your start point is the cave and basin and your finish point is the lower terminal of the gondola which is near the hot springs. Also I couldn't get to the Cosmic Ray station, but this way was possible. We fell through the snow, sometimes waist deep in it, around 200 times, without even exaggerating. We ended up seeing a cute red fox on the mountain top and enjoyed a coffee break at the gondola plaza before heading down the switch back side. Bonus taking the gondola down for free and hitting the hot springs after to chill. trail is ver well maintained. The National Research Council constructed a laboratory … Some places it is bit steep but easily doable. Hike To The Top: Sulphur Mountain Hiking Trail. In fact, you don’t get to the real Suplhur Mountain summit. We saw lots of signs that bears have been around the trail throughout. The last route is longer but much more scenic and well worth the exercise as the view from the top is just that much more rewarding. We took what we thought was a shortcut through the Cascade Gardens but looking at the GPS afterwards it did not seem to cut out much time at all. I could not see any truck getting up this "fire road". The hike is pretty easy but the view from the top is really beautiful. Not only summer, it is good for winter too. There is also a scramblers' route to Sulphur's true summit on the southern slopes of the mountain but we have not had a chance to conquer that route yet! The cosmic ray station was in operation until 1978. Definitely challenging, well marked trail, do not take the road all the way up, about 10 mins up go left through the two orange markers up the trail. Went up yesterday (mid May) and the last kilometre or so, right when you reach the switchbacks at the top is covered in heavy snow (waist deep in some places). The gondola is free back down apparently only until May. The first being the gondola, the second and third is hiking up the trail under the gondola as well as hiking the back of Sulphur Mountain via the Cosmic Ray road. Terribly inconvenient. A cosmic ray station was built on Sulphur Mountain as part of the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958 and Canadian scientists made important contributions to the research. We didnt encounter anyone which coule make it a nice option if you're looking for some solitude. Completed on June 5th, 2020. Within the trees, it was a fairly comfortable temperature, but I'd recommend having some good layers for when you reach the top and potentially visit the historic site (Sulphur Mountain Cosmic Ray station) as the wind picked up quite a bit!
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