Panoramic views from the Healy Pass hike in Banff National Park, Alberta
Panoramic views from the Healy Pass hike in Banff National Park, Alberta

Healy Pass hike

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Healy Pass hike

Distance: 13.0mi
Elevation: 2,313ft
Time: 5-6h

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The best hikes in Banff must include the hike up to Healy Pass. An exquisite hike, especially during Autumn with the larches in full colour. Get impressive views from the pass and take an optional descent via Simpson Pass to add variety.

Healy Pass hike Map

Getting there

Drive 4.8mi west of Banff on Trans-Canada Highway and take the Sunshine Village exit. Drive 5.1mi on this lovely road to Sunshine Village ski resort.

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When to do

June through October

Backcountry Campsites

Yes - Egypt Lake

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Healy Pass
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Route Description for Healy Pass

This Parks Canada Trail is well maintained, and allows for beautiful views of many gorgeous peaks and Egypt Lake. From the Sunshine Village parking lot take the main trail behind the main building.

The start of the trail keeps you shaded from the summer sun as you gradually climb. The hike starts with a wide, rolling trail which narrows as you go. The lush forest and the bridge over Healy Creek are stunning, submerging you in the idyllic natural universe of the Canadian Rockies.

After almost eight kilometers you escape the forest and find yourself in a beautiful alpine meadow. There is a very minor creek crossing at the beginning of this final section of the hike. You then will climb up through the stunning meadow, hoping to spot wildlife across the massive, wildflower studded expanse.

Reaching the gentle apex of the pass you will see sprawled out in front of you peak upon peak and stellar mountain vistas. Find a rock to along either side of the trail to enjoy lunch; it’s hard to go wrong with such a view.

The entire hike is well marked and the trail is well maintained.

NOTE: The GPS map shows a descent via Simpson Pass – returning the way you ascended is quicker and a better trail.

Insider Hints

  • Descend via Simpson pass if you yearn for a change in scenery. Adds about 1.2mi to the trip.

  • For a very long day or a gentle one-night backpack descend the other side of the ridge down to Egypt Lake, an exquisite area.

  • Buy snacks for your hike, or simply use the restroom at the Sunshine Village building.

Comments

Rosemery Ash 1 year ago

I remember doing this hike when I was younger. During the fall season, you'll hear the crisp of the colorful foliage as you step on them.

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Margaret Theroux 1 year ago

Really lovely hike, especially in the fall. It's a long one but well worth the effort.

Richy_travels 1 year ago

There is so much to see here, from remarkable views of mountains to lovely wildflowers and adorable wild animals.

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Greenlife 1 year ago

We visited this few years back during autumn, and I love the breathtaking scenery.

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Chris F. 1 year ago

We were under the impression that it would be difficult, but we were wrong. It's very doable and perfect for couples like us!

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Lambert Y. 1 year ago

I bet you'll wanna stay here longer once you got here. It's that kind of beautiful.

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Grant Ko. 1 year ago

The wildflowers were amazing! So happy was as able to do this while the flowers are in full bloom. Such a great experience.

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Jeffrey Reagan 1 year ago

Amazing views of a magnificent natural wonder! There are mountains, lush forests, and refreshing air.

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Parker L. 2 years ago

A truly magnificent hike, especially during autumn. Impressive views of the pass.

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Alex Samuel 2 years ago

Superb scenery! It's not very steep but it took us some time to finish the hike.

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