Lake Louise & Area

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Banff National Park features some of Canada's most scenic roadways and trails, making it an exciting destination to explore on two wheels. The Biking CLASSICS featured in this guide will take you through beautiful sub-alpine forest, next to sparkling waters of glacier-fed lakes and under iconic peaks. While there are seemingly limitless options to enjoy, these rides are considered 'classics' and not to be missed. Cyclists of all kinds, from those content to pedal along scenic roads to mountain enthusiasts eager to tackle a rocky, root-laden singletrack, will surely be inspired. Go out for a quick spin or pack up your panniers for a longer tour; there's a perfect bike ride awaiting you in Canada's flagship national park.

Moraine Lake Shoreline / Rock Pile

Distance3 km return
Elevation Gain0 m
Time Required45 min
DifficultyEasy
TrailheadMoraine Lake Parking Lot

The hike around the Moraine Lake Shoreline is the easiest way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet. Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of these turquoise waters and the nearby Tower of Babel.
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Lake Agnes Teahouse

Distance6.8 km return
Elevation Gain385 m
Time Required2.5 - 3 hours
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadThe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse on its shores is a relatively easy hike through forest. A beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Agnes just below the teahouse, where you can enjoy a cup of tea and fresh piece of pie. Continue 1.6 km around the far end of Lake Agnes and up switchbacks to the shelter at the top of the Big Beehive for views of the Bow Valley and Lake Louise
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Plain of Six Glaciers

Distance10.6 km return
Elevation Gain365 m
Time Required4 hours
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadThe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

By far one of the most scenic hikes in the Canadian Rockies, the Plain of Six Glaciers trail offers expansive views of the impressive mountain features that surround Lake Louise, including Mt. Lefroy, Mt. Victoria and the Victoria Glacier. After your steady hike up, enjoy a snack at the historic Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse before continuing 1 kilometre to talus slopes that provide a high viewpoint of Abbot Pass.
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Larch Valley / Sentinel Pass

Distance11.6 km return
Elevation Gain725 m
Time Required4 - 5 hours
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadMoraine Lake Parking Lot

The hike into Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass is a must for any hiker wanting to have an experience that closely resembles the backcountry of Banff National Park. This oderate hike offers remarkable views of the Ten Peaks and, if you head up Sentinel Pass, the dreamlike vista of Paradise Valley. As the name suggests, this valley is spectacular in autumn, when the larch needles turn gold. With appropriate preparation, experienced hikers can continue from Sentinel Pass to the summit of Mt. Temple (3543m) for more jaw-dropping views.
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Saddleback Pass / Mt. Fairview

Distance7.4 km return
Elevation Gain595 m
Time Required3 - 4 hours
DifficultyChallenging
TrailheadThe Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The hike to this gap between Mt. Fairview and Saddle Peak promises stunning views of the 11,000-foot Mt. Temple and, in autumn, the stunning gold shimmer of alpine larches. Scramble up Saddle Peak to enhance your views of Mt. Temple and Paradise Valley below. From Saddleback Pass, hike up Fairview Mountain (an additional 2-hour RT, 400m up) for a spectacular birds-eye view of Lake Louise.
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Bow River Loop

Distance7.1 km return
Elevation Gain0 m
Time Required2 hours
DifficultyEasy
TrailheadLake Louise Train Station parking lot.

Travel on a pleasant trail in the rich riparian zone of the Bow River. These waters travel across the prairies to their ultimate destination in Hudson Bay, over 2500 kilometers downstream of Lake Louise. Interpretive trail.
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Tramline

Distance4.5 km one way
Elevation Gain195 m
Time Required2.5 hours
DifficultyEasy
TrailheadLake Louise Station parking lot.

Follow in the footsteps - or trolley wheels - of travelers who, a century ago, were dropped off at the railway station and then ferried, by tram, on this 3% railway grade to the Chateau Lake Louise.
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Lake Louise Lakeshore

Distance2 km one way
Elevation Gain0 m
Time Required1 hour
DifficultyEasy
TrailheadUpper Lake Louise Parking Area

This accessible stroll allows visitors of all abilities to explore Lake Louise. At the end of the lake you'll discover the milky creek that gives the lake its magical colour.
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Consolation Lakes

Distance2.9 km one way
Elevation Gain65 m
Time Required2 hours
DifficultyEasy
TrailheadMoraine Lake Parking Lot

Hiking to Consolation Lakes requires much less effort than most of the Moraine Lake trails, but rewards the hiker with views of high alpine meadows, enormous talus slopes and the Quadra Glacier.
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Lake Annette

Distance5.7 km one way
Elevation Gain245 m
Time Required4 hour
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadParadise Valley parking lot

The steady hike through the subalpine forest is a prelude for the wonderful sensory experience that will greet you at Lake Annette.
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Eifel Lake

Distance5.6 km one way
Elevation Gain370 m
Time Required4.5 hours
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadMoraine Lake Parking Lot

The trail to Eiffel Lake splits off from the Larch Valley trail and takes you to a glorious alpine lake with a panoramic view of the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
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Wenkchemna Pass

Distance9.7 km one way
Elevation Gain720 m
Time Required7.5 - 8 hours
DifficultyModerate
TrailheadMoraine Lake Parking Lot

Travel to Eiffel Lake and beyond, wandering steadily into a high alpine environment to reach this spectacular pass on the Continental Divide.
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Castle Lookout

Distance3.7 km one way
Elevation Gain520 m
Time Required3 - 4 hours
DifficultyModerate
Trailhead5 km west of Castle Junction on the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A).

In the mid-20th Century, Banff erected numerous fire towers where spotters could detect flames from afar. The Castle Lookout tower has long since been removed, but the expansive views of the middle Bow Valley remain.
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Boom Lake

Distance5.1 km one way
Elevation Gain175 m
Time Required3 - 4 hours
DifficultyModerate
Trailhead7 km west of Castle Junction on Highway 93 South.

Travel on a heavily forested trail featuring some of the largest subalpine trees in Banff National Park. Your ultimate destination is a pristine lake backed by an impressive mountain rampart.
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Arnica Lake

Distance5.1 km one way
Elevation Gain580 m
Time Required5 hours
DifficultyDifficult
TrailheadVista Lake Viewpoint on Highway 93 South, 8 km west of Castle Junction.

Lose elevation before you gain it en route to Arnica Lake; the views and variety make this destination worth the ups and downs.
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Twin Lake

Distance8 km one way
Elevation Gain715 m
Time Required6 - 7 hours
DifficultyDifficult
TrailheadVista Lake Viewpoint on Highway 93 South, 8 km west of Castle Junction.

Hike under a canopy of larch trees while the continental divide guides you to Arnica and Twin Lakes.
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Taylor Lake

Distance6.3 km one way
Elevation Gain585 m
Time Required4 - 5 hours
DifficultyDifficult
TrailheadTaylor Creek Day-use area 8 km west of Castle Junction on the south side of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Thick forest gives way to subalpine meadows as you climb steadily to this classic glacial lake. This trail holds its snow through the early part of the hiking season, so it's best from July on.

Side trip to O'Brien Lake: 2.1 km one way, 55m elevation gain from Taylor Lake. Extend your Taylor Lake hike by visiting this charming tarn.
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Boulder Pass

Distance8.6 km one way
Elevation Gain640 m
Time Required2.5 hours
DifficultyDifficult
TrailheadFish Creek parking area, off Whitehorn Road, 3 km north of Lake Louise.

After 4 km on a wide access road, you will reach a world dotted with lakes and inviting alpine meadows. From the pass, you get a spectacular view into a remote corner of Banff National Park.

Side trip to Baker Lake: 3.4 km one way, 130 m elevation loss from Boulder Pass. Visit the stunning shores of Baker Lake in the valley below Deception Pass.

Side trip to Deception Pass: 2.4 km one way, 145 m elevation gain from Boulder Pass. Hike over to this windswept pass if you have energy to spare.
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Paradise Valley & Giant Steps

Distance10.9 km one way
Elevation Gain385 m
Time Required7 - 8 hour
DifficultyDifficult
TrailheadParadise Valley parking lot

Here's a chance to inhale great views of Mount Temple, identify midsummer wildflowers and witness dramatic surroundings at the Giant Steps waterfall.
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