Rockbound Lake Trail
The non-technical trail leading to Rockbound Lake makes for a great trail run or speedy hike that’s sure to get the legs and the lungs going. The trail gains 900 metres of elevation over 9 km, much of which is along smooth switchbacks through the trees. The reward is a lake encircled by Castle Mountain – hands-down one of the most iconic peaks in Banff National Park. Take some inspiration from the marmots that hang out on sun-warmed rocks here and set yourself up for lunch with a view.
Good To Know
- 6+ hrs
- Jun - Oct
- Length 8.4 km one way
- Elevation gain: 760 m
- Hiking time: 6 - 7 hour round trip
- Trailhead: Rockbound Lake parking area
- Distance from Banff:
- Distance from Lake Louise:
When to go
Do this hike in September to see the esteemed golden larch trees around Rockbound Lake.
There’s a beautiful and little-known waterfall at the end of the lake, for anyone willing to wander a little further.
Experienced hikers with route-finding skills can continue from Rockbound Lake all the way up to Castle Mountain high above (it’s about 30km round trip).