The mountain that is the backdrop for all the pictures taken in the town of Banff, why not climb to the top of it?

Quick Stats

  • Distance: ~20Km
  • Height Gain: ~1900m
  • Round Trip Time:
  • Kane Ratting: Moderate
  • Resources: Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies
View of Cascade from the trans Canada highway. The ascent route goes from left to right.
The first stop on the journey is to get to the Cascade amphitheater which in itself is a hike many would enjoy.
I’d have to say fall is my favorite time of year in the Rockies.
Got some curious looks on the way up.
After leaving the amphitheater the route is pretty obvious.
Looking back down at the route I came up.
The traverse across the steep section the book warms about. This portion can be viewed from the highway. If there is snow along here it would be best to pick a different objective. A slip here could be fatal.
Looking down from the traverse. Not the sort of place you want to slip and fall down.
Traditional Summit Selfie!
The views from the top are fantastic. Lake minnewanka here.
Looking back down at the grassy amphitheater I passed on the way in.
Town of Banff. Some years latter I met a gentleman on Mount Fuji in Japan who said he visited Canada and wanted to climb this mountain (Cascade). He assumed it would be the same as Japan with very well marked hiking trails. There are no trail markers on Cascade and without the ability to navigate, he got lost. He said he spent a very cold and scary night lost on the mountain. After that experience, he always carries a small emergency tent with him everywhere he goes.
Looking toward the town of Canmore with mount Rundle in the middle. When you are done soaking in the views, return the same way.


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