Cascade Falls

Cascade falls is undoubtedly the most looked at ice climb in the Rockies and is obvious as you drive past the turn into Banff on the Trans-Canada Highway. It is an excellent climb that gets lots of sun and offers moderate climbing throughout. The crux section near the top is really fun and has unique ice features that are usually only found on more difficult ice routes!  Cascade Falls has been hundreds of ice climbers first multipitch climb and is justifiably popular. The climb lies in a large avalanche path so it is only safe during periods of good snow stability, but if the snow conditions don’t allow an ascent of Cascade there are lots of other great climbs in the area to choose from!

Cascade Falls ice climb route photo

Location: Banff National Park, Alberta.  5 minute drive from the town of Banff or 15 minute drive from Canmore.

Difficulty: WI3

Length: 300m (1000ft)

Logistics: Up to two guests can join the guide for an ascent of Cascade Falls.  Canmore or Banff are the best towns to base from.

Multipitch ice climbing on Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls ice climb, a Rockies classic!

Other Nearby Ice Climbs

Climbing to the top of Cascade Falls near Banff