Larch Valley Trail
At certain elevations of the Rockies, the renowned larch tree grows in verdant patches. Those willing to hike up above Moraine 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
- 3-6 hrs
- Jun - Oct
Personal vehicle access to Moraine Lake is not available. Reserve a seat on the Parks Canada shuttle , book a guided tour, or take Roam Transit (fall service only).
- Distance from Banff:
- Distance from Lake Louise:
When to go
The road to Moraine Lake is only open to vehicle traffic during the summer months, personal vehicles are not permitted but shuttles, public transit and guided tours are available.
Parks Canada Shuttles: Daily service operating June - October.
Roam Route 10: Daily service operating September – October.
Guided Tours: Multiple options available.
Length: 4.3 km one way
Elevation gain: 535 m
Hiking time: 3 - 4 hour round trip
Trailhead: Moraine Lake
Let's do this!
Take a guided sightseeing tour, transit or shuttle to Moraine Lake for the best experience.