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Group of hikers on the trail in Larch Valley with the Ten Peaks in the background
Hiking

Larch Valley Trail

At certain elevations of the Rockies, the renowned larch tree grows in verdant patches. Those willing to hike up above Maligne Lake into Larch Valley will find an entire sweeping forest of them.

The feeling of topping out after a rolling trail and attaining the treeline above the larches will fill you with pride. Sit beneath their soft branches to bask in the view and swap smiles with backpackers headed deep into Paradise Valley and climbers descending from the summit of Mount Temple.

Good To Know

Difficulty
Moderate
Duration
3-6 hrs
When
Jun - Oct

Plan Ahead

Parking is usually full by sunrise. Reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle or take Roam Transit (fall service only).

Location

Distance from Banff:
71km
Distance from Lake Louise:
14km

When to go

Operating Dates

MonthOperating Status
JanClosed
FebClosed
MarClosed
AprClosed
MayOpen
JunOpen
JulOpen
AugOpen
SepOpen
OctOpen
NovClosed
DecClosed

Busy Times

Everyday

Getting There

  • Parks Canada Shuttles: Daily service operating May - October.

  • Parks Canada Early Bird Shuttles: Daily service operating June - October.

  • Mountain Park Transportation: Daily service operating May - October.

  • Roam Route 10: Daily service operating September – October.

More Information

  • Difficulty: Moderate

    Length: 4.3 km one way

    Elevation gain: 535 m

    Hiking time: 3 - 4 hour round trip

    Trailhead: Moraine Lake

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