Boulder Pass (Skoki) Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Alberta, AB that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from June until August.
Not so much a review-more of a complaint. It's not called 'Alberta, Alberta'. Alberta is a province, not a country or city.
I'm not sure what section of the trail the overview references, so I will describe/review what my wife and I hiked. We were guests at Skoki Lodge, a back country lodge in the Skoki Valley. The overall hike is 7.5 miles from the Temple Day Lodge.
After registering at the Lake Louise Ski Lodge, we parked at the Fish Creek lot and got shuttled up the Temple Fire Road to the Temple Day Lodge, where the trailhead is at 6600'. After an initial steep climb, the trail settles into easy inclines and declines, on its way to the top of Boulder Pass at 7600'. We were pleased to have a nice photo op of a ptarmigan at trail side, and saw scat of a bear. On the way is the Halfway Hut and outhouse. It is a nice place for a brief rest. It is actually "halfway" if you start at the Fish Creek trailhead but for those who start at Temple, it is more like a third of the way. Nearby is a trail junction for Hidden Lake.
After Boulder the trail drops slightly as it passes long Ptarmigan Lake. There we caught a brief glimpse of a grizzly on the other side of the lake, and started seeing puma tracks headed the other way on our trail (On the way out, we were surprised by a coyote, which trotted alongside the trail, fully aware of our presence). More noticeable was the panoramic view of Canadian Rockies peaks in most directions. From just above Ptarmigan Lake, the trail goes left at a junction, and climbs to the top of Deception Pass at 8150'. Then comes the final descent of 1050' in 3.1 miles to Skoki Lodge, in the heart of Skoki Valley. The scenery is great, including views of the Skoki Lakes and more mountains. We also saw signs of wolverine activity, and more puma tracks.
The hike culminates in arrival at Skoki Lodge (7103'), and a welcome afternoon "tea".
The only significant comments about the hike out, was the fact that starting the morning with a 1050' climb in 3.1 miles was a little wearing, and the end of the trail was a surprise. We didn't really notice the incline on the way in. We and our sore knees sure noticed it at the end of 7.5 miles! But we'd do it again!