74 km; elevation gain: 734 m
This trip takes you over three spectacular mountain passes. The trail traverses a good portion of Banff National Park, linking the town of Banff with the hamlet of Lake Louise.
Trailheads are located at Mt. Norquay ski area and the Fish Creek trailhead. Portions of this area are frequented by commercially guided horse trips. There are many camping options–a possible 7-day itinerary is provided here.
… Gem Trek recreational map:Banff and Mount Assiniboine …
Like most people, I’ve only rarely hiked the east side of the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. All the famous hikes are on the west side.
My next big hike there will be Sawback. You can do it without a vehicle as there’s good public transport to and from Banff and Lake Louise.
Barbara Martin did 11 days in this area in 2009.