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    Banff area suggestions

    Does anyone familiar with the Banff area know of a moderately semi-secluded backcountry campsite below tree line? Possibly, a three-day loop in the Yoho, Kootenay, Mt. Asiniboine vicinity? anywhere from Calgary to Glacier NP? I'm looking at a late June/ early July time frame. If it is your double super secret getaway spot, you can send a PM. The location won't be leaked. However, photos might be shared. Thanks for your help.
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    Banff has a forum where you can ask specific questions like "what would be a good 3 day circuit hike etc. Google Banff hiking forum or Banff national park forum. A couple of things to keep in mind is definitely mention you want to be off the beaten track as Banff is like yellowstone in that summer gets millions of visitors and like Yellowstone they don't stray far from the main roads. Also you should be aware of trail restrictions in that there are trails where you have to be in a group with bear spray. There's been a few grizzly encounters over that last few years. Make sure you ask about snow as june is on the early side and when you go be prepared for ANY weather. Sorry i couldn't be of specific trail help

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    If your looking for a good hiking area to start hiking in Banff, I would recommend Egypt Lake. it's a 4-5 hour hike from Sunshine Village and once at the campsite its has some amazing day hikes in the area ie Whistling Pass, Mummy Lake, and Talc Lake. the campsite has 15 or so tent pads, and numerous trees to hang. It also has a communal shelter that can be used for cooking and eating, or for some people I think it can be rented out on a reservation fee at the banff visitor center. short walk, great views, plus your far enough away that you'll see some hikers out there but you'll always be able to find your little piece sanctuary out there

    here's a couple photos from the area.


    hope that helps, Ive been backpacking Banff now for about 4 years, I'm no expert but I should be able to answer some questions, cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    Banff has a forum where you can ask specific questions like "what would be a good 3 day circuit hike etc. Google Banff hiking forum or Banff national park forum. A couple of things to keep in mind is definitely mention you want to be off the beaten track as Banff is like yellowstone in that summer gets millions of visitors and like Yellowstone they don't stray far from the main roads. Also you should be aware of trail restrictions in that there are trails where you have to be in a group with bear spray. There's been a few grizzly encounters over that last few years. Make sure you ask about snow as june is on the early side and when you go be prepared for ANY weather. Sorry i couldn't be of specific trail help

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    Thanks for the advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roddypeeps View Post
    If your looking for a good hiking area to start hiking in Banff, I would recommend Egypt Lake. it's a 4-5 hour hike from Sunshine Village and once at the campsite its has some amazing day hikes in the area ie Whistling Pass, Mummy Lake, and Talc Lake. the campsite has 15 or so tent pads, and numerous trees to hang. It also has a communal shelter that can be used for cooking and eating, or for some people I think it can be rented out on a reservation fee at the banff visitor center. short walk, great views, plus your far enough away that you'll see some hikers out there but you'll always be able to find your little piece sanctuary out there

    here's a couple photos from the area.


    hope that helps, Ive been backpacking Banff now for about 4 years, I'm no expert but I should be able to answer some questions, cheers!
    Thanks, That looks fantastic!
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