Saturday, June 10, 2017

Thinking of hike #7

What hike will we do tomorrow? Should we go to Canmore?Kananaskis Country?  Or should we go to Lake Louise?


  • 15km
  • 450m
  • 4-6h
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The hike to Burstall Pass is an iconic Canmore route for good reason – it’s stunning! Although a great trail for intermediates, those with energy can scramble up Snow Peak for one of the best views in the Rockies. And in autumn, the sights of the larches are incredible!


Whether you’re a beginner or experienced hiker, trekking in our backyard is an experience of pure delight. The Rocky Mountains are home to some of Canada’s best hiking trails and breathtaking scenery. Venture off the beaten path and enjoy some lesser-known hidden gems in the Lake Louise area.
Helen Lake

Helen Lake

Distance: 6 km/ 3.7mi. Gain: 550 m/ 1,800ft
At the exquisite setting of Helen Lake, we stop, relax and take in the alpine splendor. For those with a little extra energy, we can continue up to a high ridge crest for unobstructed 360 degree views. It is simply one of the best hikes in the park.

Castle Mountain Lookout

Distance: 8km/5mi. Gain: 436m/1430ft.
Located on the Bow Valley Parkway, the steep, eight kilometre Castle Mountain Lookout trail leads to a spectacular viewing area. Soak in the almost limitless views from up and down the Bow Valley.
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Couple hiking

Boom Lake

Distance: 10km/6mi. Gain: 175m/575ft
A moderate ten kilometre trail is a popular hike for locals with friends and family visiting. Located on the Banff-Windermere Highway (BC 93 South), the pristine lake is a great place for a picnic.

Parker Ridge

Distance: 5km/3mi. Gain: 250m/820ft
Located on the Icefield Parkway, Parker Ridge is a must-do for all hikers in northern Banff National Park. Hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views of mountain glaciers. Be sure to continue hiking to the viewpoint that offers vistas of Saskachewan Glacier, as well as the beautiful blue lake beneath the ridge.
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Consolation Lakes

Consolation Lakes

Distance: 6 km/ 3.6 Mi Gain: 100 m/ 335ft
The hike to Consolation Lakes is the shortest of the popular hikes at Moraine Lake, but the rugged scenery is as rewarding as that found on many longer journeys. After walking through a cool spruce/fir forest, the trail opens up into a lush meadow with vibrant wildflowers through most of summer. Once at the lake you have a chance to relax and soak in the views of the glacier capped peaks.
Saddleback Pass

Saddleback Pass

Distance: 7.4 km/ 4.6 Mi Gain: 610 m/ 2,000ft
Starting from the shore of Lake Louise the trail climbs moderately to steeply at times, aiming for a pass between Mt. Fairview and Saddle Peak. At the top is the hidden ‘Guides View Point’ where we stop for a snack and our most spectacular views.
Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass

Distance: 12 km/ 7.5mi. Gain: 610 m/ 2,000ft
This trail leads up from Moraine Lake in a series of switchbacks before leveling off in the Larch Valley. We continue past small lakes to a few more switchbacks. The reward for all the effort is an unforgettable view of the famous valley of the Ten Peaks and the Paradise Valley to the west.
Mount Fairview

Mount Fairview

Distance: 10km/ 6mi. Gain: 1000m/ 3,300ft
Starting from the shore of Lake Louise, we hike up the moderately steep Saddleback Pass trail. At the pass we take a break and fuel up for the ascent to come. Numerous switchbacks deposit us on the summit for spectacular views in all directions.
Plain of Six Glaciers

Plain of Six Glaciers and the Tea House

Distance: 11km/7mi. Gain: 335m/1,100ft
If you only had time for one hike in the Canadian Rockies, this would be it. This spectacular hike can be turned into a loop that includes walking up to Mirror Lake then traversing across the rarely traveled “Highline Trail.” After conquering the ascent, we arrive at the Tea House for fresh baked goods whilst looking out over the 6 Glaciers located at the back of Lake Louise.
Banff National Park provides us with such great opportunities to see wildlife safely, but don’t forget to check travel advisories before heading out. View alerts from Alberta Parks.

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