A challenging wilderness trail across the Purcell mountain range. The Earl Grey Pass trail is a historic route featuring glaciers, waterfalls, cable cars, and massive old growth cedars. This epic trek is not for the faint of heart – with rough and hazardous terrain, you need to be a tough backpacker, ready for the kind of suffering that comes with a big adventure.
Trailheads: Toby Creek FSR (Invermere) and Argenta Road (Argenta) Distance, one way: 70.4km Elevation: +1896m (East to West) or +2331 (West to East) Season: mid-July to late September Difficulty: Challenging
Did you know you can hike a loop around Lake Magog? It’s not marked on any maps, but there is a clear trail set by cairns and footfalls winding around the entire lake. This is a great option for a rainy day or an easy hike.
The Bryant Creek Trail is a popular hiking route to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Starting near the end of the Spray Lakes, the trail follows Bryant Creek up through the forest, into meadows and eventually up over Assiniboine or Wonder Pass. This is a long route and there are plenty of campgrounds along the way to break up your travel – just be sure to book a backcountry pass with Banff National Park.
Trailhead: Shark Mountain, off the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail
Distance, One Way: 27.5km via Assiniboine Pass or 26.1km via Wonder Pass
Elevation: +460m via Assiniboine Pass or +580m via Wonder Pass