Suggested Larch Hikes

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Suggested Larch Hikes

Every September, the needles of the alpine larch turn a spectacular yellow-gold. The Lake Louise area is a popular destination for fall hiking experiences. Larch Valley is magnificent, but, there are many other fabulous trails where you can see some larches while avoiding the traffic congestion and the crowds at Moraine Lake.

Consider these other less busy locations that also offer wonderful larch viewing opportunities from mid to late September.

Lake Agnes
3.4 km one way; 385 m elevation gain; 2 to 3 hour round trip

3.7 km one way; 595 m elevation gain; 3 to 4 hour round trip

Taylor Lake
6.3 km one way; 585 m elevation gain; 4 to 5 hour round trip

Boulder Pass
8.6 km to pass; 640 m elevation gain; 6 to 7 hour round trip

For more information about the trails, inquire at the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for the Lake Louise Day Hiking brochure or visit Parks Canada

Hikes from the Lake Louise Gondola

There are also several opportunities for hiking at the top of the scenic sightseeing chairlift at the Lake Louise Gondola. For more information on these trails, visit the Wildlife Interpretive Centre at the Lake Louise Gondola: 

Kicking Horse Pass Viewpoint
1.7 km round trip; 49m elevation gain

Ptarmigan Valley Viewpoint
3.4 km round trip; 281m elevation gain

Pika Trail
2.5 km round trip; 140m elevation gain