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Hiking Sentinel Pass, Banff, AB

Lake Louise & Area Trails

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Moraine Lake Shoreline / Rock Pile

  • Distance: 3 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 0 m
  • Time Required: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Moraine 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.

This glacier-fed stunner has memorized visitors for over a century with it’s turquoise blue waters [...] and scenic backdrop of the Valley of the Ten Peaks.The Real Banff

Lake Agnes Teahouse

  • Distance: 6.8 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 385 m
  • Time Required: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: The 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.

Plain of Six Glaciers

  • Distance: 10.6 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 365 m
  • Time Required: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: The 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 Mount Lefroy, Mount 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.

Larch Valley / Sentinel Pass

  • Distance: 11.6 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 725 m
  • Time Required: 4 - 5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Trailhead: Moraine 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 moderate hike offers remarkable views of the Ten Peaks and, if you head up Sentinel Pass, the dreamlike vista of Paradise Valley. The 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 Mount Temple (3543m) for more jaw-dropping views.

Hikers travel through the brilliant golden forests that grace the autumn in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Saddleback Pass / Mount Fairview

  • Distance: 7.4 km return
  • Elevation Gain: 595 m
  • Time Required: 3 - 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Challenging
  • Trailhead: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The hike to the pass between Mount Fairview and Saddle Peak promises stunning views of the 11,000-foot Mount Temple and, in autumn, the stunning gold shimmer of alpine larches. Scramble up Saddle Peak to enhance your views of Mount Temple and Paradise Valley below. From Saddleback Pass, hike up Fairview Mountain (an additional 2-hour return, 400m elevation gain) for a spectacular bird’s eye view of Lake Louise.

Are you coming to Banff National Park?

Make sure you purchase your Parks Canada Discovery Pass in advance for express entry into the park. All of the details, including frequently asked questions can be found in our Guide To The Parks Canada Pass. 

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