At the top of the mountain you get a moments enjoyment. You look around and enjoy the spectacular views as it dawns upon you that you are not at the top yet.
At the gondola exit is a tea house and various tourist booths. While we were there we were able to watch how they get supplies to the top of mountain.
I am always amazed at where a tree can grow.
The true top.
As part of our Banff trip we hiked Sulphur Mountain. It is one of the Top 10 things to do in Banff. Most people take the gondola up, enjoy the view and take the gondola down. It is not for the faint of heart …. 6.1KM to the peak and a 2,292 ft (698m) vertical climb.
A few hours climbing with amazing views along the way. The sign at the bottom, near the hot springs lets you know what you are signing up for.
The path zig zags the way up to the summit. Of course, there are suggestions to stay on the trail. Especially in certain areas.
Above .. and below .. are people enjoying the gondola ride up.
It is a long way down ….
Roughly half way up, off the trail is a small waterfall with the clearest, coldest and purest of water.
This picture from the waterfall gives you an idea of how steep the climb is (we were climbing on the left).
Neat to see snow in July, tucked into a corner, feeding the waterfall.
And of course, there were others on the trail.
These little critters are very smart. They know that tourists are just dying to give them a nut or two.
And after a long climb, we crested the top …. and the view is worth the hike.