Distance: 4.9 km
Time: 30 min – 1 hr
Elevation Gain: 67 m
Elevation Loss: 66 m
Technical Rating: Beginner
Physical Rating: Easy
Season: June – October
Permit Required: Yes (Park Pass)
This pleasant doubletrack trail winds its way through the forest, meeting up with Healy Creek before ending at the parking lot located off Sunshine Road. During the June 2013 floods, the bridge crossing Healy Creek, located on the west end of the trail near Sunshine Road, was completely wiped out. Parks Canada will begin construction of a replacement bridge in the fall of 2014. The bridge will be located ½ km northeast from the original crossing and parking area, with a short connecting trail being added to get you over to and across the newly built structure. Construction is to be completed by the winter, opening up access to the west end of the trail in 2015. For the time being, Healy Creek may be ridden as an out-and-back trail from Banff, when accessed via Sundance.
Bridge construction update July 13, 2015: Parks Canada is still working on the construction of the new bridge across Healy Creek onto Sunshine Road. The bridge has now been put in place, but still yet not complete or accessible. For now, this trail remains an out and back ride from Sundance Trail in Banff. There is no access from Sunshine Road until the bridge is finished.
Healy Creek doubles as a connector to Brewster Creek trail, taking you up the valley and over to Sundance Lodge, which offers service for guests only.
Please note that Healy Creek is a popular horseback riding route and as a result is not recommended in wet conditions.
TRAILHEAD | N51 09.739 W115 37.282
Sunshine Road Access: The Sunshine Rd. trailhead is located 1 km up the road from the Sunshine Village Highway 1 exit. Look for it on your left when driving up Sunshine Road. For now the trail is not accessible from Sunshine Road as the bridge across Healy Creek was completely washed away during the June 2013 floods. However, a new bridge and access from Sunshine Road to the west end of the trail is expected to be completed by winter 2014.
N51 09.739 W115 37.282 (Sundance/Healy)
N 51 09.219 W115 41.163 (Sunshine Road)
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