Sentinel Pass Trail

HARD 22 reviews
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Sentinel Pass Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alberta, AB that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.7 miles 2658 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

wild flowers

muddy

scramble

snow

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome views , great hike . Really enjoyed it.

2 months ago

2 months ago

awesome view !!!!
should start by 8 to avoid the crowd

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike! Busy parking lot at Moraine Lake (go early). Easy hike through the switchbacks flatness out near the top then steeper p to the Pass. Very rewarding views!

3 months ago

My favorite hike in Canada so far and my top 5. You start on one of the many beautiful lakes in Alberta then you end up in a open forest and end the hike like your in the top of the Andes. Brought the dogs they had fun chasing the little prairie dogs

hiking
3 months ago

It's a fantastic hike. Very rewarding views. The switchbacks help the hike a lot.

3 months ago

A incredible hike that has unimaginable views all the way to the top of the pass...once you get through the endless switchback from Morraine Lake. Arrive early to avoid the hoards of tourists. I would rate this as a moderate hike at best.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely one of the best hike in the area

hiking
4 months ago

You have to be patient and hike till the end of trail because the beauty of the place can be seen only at the end.

4 months ago

awesome hike, 3.5 hrs return to top of pass. beautiful place for a picnic but parking crazy at Moraine lake.

5 months ago

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5 months ago

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8 months ago

Fantastic views. Great hike!

10 months ago

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1 year ago

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass was our first hike upon our arrival in Banff NP and gosh what a treat! It starts at the Moraine Lake and goes through the forest, although considered moderate, it is relatively steep although switchbacks provide some relief. We were lucky and unlucky to spend a week in Canadian Rockies during the most unusual wave of heat - 87F is not considered to be a common temperature during the summer - and hiking in this heat was a bit of a challenge. Once we got Larch Valley we hiked through a flat area and large fields of blueberries, which become largely inhabited by grizzly bears in the beginning of August causing some trails to become closed for hikers. Fortunately for us it was the beginning of July and we could enjoy views, which were breathtaking. At the end of Larch Valley was Sentinel Pass - a rocky pass with many switchbacks leading through patches of snow and moving rock. Mount Temple towered above the valley to our right, but moving rocks, exhaustion and high temperatures stopped us from taking on this challenge. Maybe another time :) ... Moderate trail, not too difficult, worth every drop of sweat :) ...

hiking
2 years ago

Must do Fall Hike!
Safe (no bears!)
very very busy (so you are walking with tons of other people the entire way)
gorgeous (the changing colors are priceless).
Easy (incline only at the beginning and end).
Note that during high season you have to park at the overflow and take the shuttle to moraine lake.

hiking
2 years ago

You start out at Moraine Lake, hike through Larch Valley, and up to Sentinel Pass. A moderate hike until the last part to the top of the Pass, which is rated difficult.

hiking
3 years ago

The valley of the 10 peaks is absolutely amazing! Moderate hike, lots of people, beautiful views. Best part is when u get to be between the valley of the 10 peaks and paradise valley. Better to go in Sep when the larches are changing colour. But if u go before or after is breathtaking as well :) A must do hike!

hiking
3 years ago

What an awesome hike! Went up to the pass which still had snow on the trail in July! But it was worth the view from the top!