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TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by jartelt » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:10 am

I spent a week in Banff National Park last September and was able to go on several different day hikes. Each of the hikes started at a different lake within the park. We visited Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, and Lake Louise. A typical experience is to drive to a lake, park your car and take in the great views of the lake, then find the trail head and begin a hike which leads to even better views of the lake and surrounding mountains!

We stuck to trails that were relatively short for the most part (<10 miles round trip), but were still able to get some great views. If you are comfortable scrambling, there are ample opportunities to reach the top of several peaks in the area. I imagine the views from the top of the peaks would be awesome. Below are some of the highlights from the trails. Here is a link to a more comprehensive report I wrote up with all my pictures of the trails: https://backpackers-review.com/trip-rep ... ighlights/

Moraine Lake and the Eiffel Lake Trail:

Beautiful Moraine Lake as seen from near the parking lot
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Moraine Lake from the shore
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Moraine Lake from Eiffel Lake Trail
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Hiking along the Eiffel Lake Trail
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Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass
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Peyto Lake and the Bow Summit Overlook Trail:

Peyto Look as seen from one of the upper lookout points
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Peyto Lake from the lower viewpoint
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View of Bow Valley from the Bow Summit Overlook Trail
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View of Bow Lake from the Bow Summit Overlook
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Panoramic view of Peyto Lake
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Bow Lake and the Bow Glacier Falls Trail:

Bow Lake from the shore
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Bow Glacier Falls Trail along the shore of Bow Lake
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Crowfoot Mountain over Bow Lake
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Canyon with stream feed by Bow Glacier Falls
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Bow Glacier Falls
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Lake Louise and the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail:

Lake Louise from near the parking lot
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Lake Louise and Fairview Mountain
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Looking towards the Plain of Six Glaciers
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Near the end point of the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail and viewpoint
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Re: TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by rlown » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:31 am

Nice TR!

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Re: TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by wildhiker » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:34 pm

Nice photos!

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Re: TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by tarbuckle » Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:02 am

WOW !

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Re: TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sat May 04, 2019 7:49 am

I loved those photos! We were in the same general area a few years ago but unfortunately, were plagued by smoke from on-going fires in the Pacific NW so our photos were disappointing. I spent considerable time up there when I was younger since I grew up in Spokane WA. The melting of the glaciers is what shocked me (as well as the amount of Chinese tourists!), since I had roamed the area in the 1960's. It is a great destination, but just the tip of the iceberg- lots more both in the Canadian Rockies as well as all the ranges to the west. It is well worth the effort.

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Re: TR - four different day hikes in Banff National Park

Post by jartelt » Mon May 06, 2019 10:09 am

We were very lucky in that it rained the week before we arrived. Before the rain, there was terrible visibility from the summer 2018 fires and we heard that many people were cancelling their trips to Banff because the air was unhealthy. Our views were not perfect, but we were super grateful!

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