Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail
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Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail

Banff National Park
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Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail

Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail

Distance: 19.3mi
Elevation: 4,964ft
Time: 2-3 days

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The Pharaoh Creek backpacking trail follows the same route that many take to reach Egypt Lake and it’s cascading counterparts. The trail takes Healy Creek up and over the wildflower mecca of Healy Pass before descending to Egypt Lake and continuing along Pharaoh Creek. This is a scenic trip that has the possibility to join surrounding trails.

Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail Map

Getting there

The Pharaoh Creek backpacking route begins at the Healy Pass trailhead at Sunshine Village Ski Resort. From the Town of Banff, take the Trans-Canada Highway westbound. Take the exit for Sunshine Village and cross over the highway before driving up the access road, parking in the main parking lot. Walk behind the gondola station and main lodge to find a large trail sign for Healy Pass.

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When to do


Backcountry Campsites

Pharaoh Creek Re16

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

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Route Type

Out and back

Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail
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Pharaoh Creek Backpacking Trail Description

Pharaoh Creek lies beyond the impossible-to-reserve Egypt Lake campground and offers a quiet retreat just past the crowds. The trail can be busy until the main Egypt Lake area, but clears up almost immediately after crossing Pharaoh Creek the first time. This is a great option for those looking to find solitude yet remain close to great day hikes.

From the trailhead, ascend the approximately 2297ft to Healy Pass. You will be mostly in the forest, passing a campground around 4.3mi and some large avalanche paths. You will exit the forest at a babbling creek with a footbridge. The meadows of Healy Pass are expansive and exploding with wildflowers at the right time of year. Gain the pass and admire the panoramic views. You will be able to spot Egypt Lake to the south of the gigantic Pharaoh Peak. Descend the pass following switchbacks down to Pharaoh Creek.

Cross the footbridge towards the campground and stay right, taking the trail to Pharaoh Creek. The Pharaoh Creek campground will appear on your left, with towering views that rise above the trees. This trail connects to many other backpacking routes in the area, but our description is for an out-and-back trip.



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