Explore the most popular forest trails near Eldon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fairly easy trail and worth the effort for the view at the end

hiking
13 hours ago

Went there yesterday on May Long and overall a nice trail with gradual climb at the beginning, but still quite muddy and about half way in there began to have a good amount of snow. People walked out a slightly hard packed snow path but it is easy to step an inch or two off the path and get yourself into some knee deep snow so be prepared to bring extra socks because they will likely get wet on your way in & out.

This trail is a must if you are in the area. One of the best I have ever done

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! Did with a doggo who also enjoyed it. No signs for Boom lake if you’re coming from Radium way, look out for the turning! Did with cleats on but would probably be fine without. Nice opening at the end where the snowy frozen lake is, would be pretty sweet in the summertime!

hiking
2 months ago

Winter wonderland

cross country skiing
2 months ago

We took our XC skis out February 21 and there was plenty of snow. Beautiful hike in the trees until we got to the lake where it opens up to Mountain View’s. Great trail we will come again.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Feb 1st 2017 • Lots of snow, snowshoes needed. Lots of elevation gain at the beginning but well worth the work. Levels out to some amazing views!

5 months ago

Dec 12, 2017, need micro spikes, lots of snow at the end but still no need snow shoes due to popular trail.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Nice gentle incline the whole way. Solid path from the cross country skiers makes the walk up pretty good. Crampons not required, but the extra grip is nice to have. Up top, the trail softens up making snowshoes a requirement. I didn't make it to O'Brien as the path was unbroken and I was running out of time. Beautiful meadows, tons of larch, this spot would be beautiful in any season.

When I was resting on my towel on the beach at Taylor Lake, some shmucks set up a game of volleyball right next to me. Kicked sand all over my stuff...

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Dec 2nd // Steady incline but didn't feel too gruesome. Great hike with micro-spikes for the most part, but was very happy to have snowshoes for the last while, as we sunk through the slight snow pack up to our waists. There is also a Y very close to the lake, many people went straight but the path to the left takes you to the lake.

hiking
7 months ago

Little snow packed the day we went, mostly forested till the end. The traffic was enough that the trail was carved out on the snow n was passable. It's a steady incline for 5 km. There is camping allowed at Taylor Lake, nothing fancy, no fires. The view at the lake is gorgeous. Our walk back turned to mud near the end, and was Thick.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail that is a mixture of roughly flat and incline. Great for a variety of hiking abilities with a great sit down spot up at the lake with a couple small pick nick tables.
My recording was about 12km round trip and only 600m elevation.

5 stars because the views were great, the trail was not very busy, but we did see a handful of other people.

hiking
7 months ago

A well maintained trail. Beautiful forested hike. The lake itself is huge and crystal clear. Very few people on this trail today making for some wonderful private views of the lake. There’s a great spot just past the rock pile that acts as a “point” and offers a panoramic view of this lake. You can really take in the grandeur of the surrounding mountains from here. A little clearing offered the perfect spot to eat lunch and play dice. Grab a coffee at Storm mountain lodge by their fireplace before your drive back to Banff or Calgary as well.

hiking
7 months ago

Effort to reward ratio is 1:3. Great easy hike.

8 months ago

I cross country skied this trail and it is amazing. It turned dark and there was a clear sky with a full moon. As we skied across the mountain it opened up to an ice covered lake. With big fluffy snow flakes falling. It was cool but not cold as we had just finished a great workout by skiing in. We sat down and enjoyed Red delicious apples before heading back on the trail to ski out. The trail in was beautiful lined with tall Spruce and Douglas Fir and Blue Spruce all covered in white sparkly snow that glistened like diamonds. The trail goes up and down nothing too steep with long stretches of scenic beauty. ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for beginners with an amazing pay off. Boom lake is stunning!

hiking
8 months ago

Very I've trail of your looking for something easy! The Lake view is very beautiful! My friend and I came across a Grizzly so that was definitely the scare lol but you should always be prepared!!

A bit boring hike as it goes through woods almost all the time.
But it's easy going and a good start for a hiking holiday in the mountains. The view onto the lake at the end of the hike, however, is stunning.

Decently difficult hike due to elevation. Beautiful lakes along the route. Stayed at backcountry Campground TW7.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing lake! Calm water, really cold but people jumped in quick. Totally worth visit, not a overly busy trail for being a holiday Monday.

on Taylor Lake

hiking
8 months ago

An excellent hike to the lake from the highway. We went mid August and were eating various berries along the way too.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail with lots of uphill. Easy if you hike a lot, but if you don't go hiking often this one will be a challenge. the payoff at the end is great with a beautiful lake (hence the trail name). Someone claimed to have seen a bear going the extra 2 KM to O'Brian Lake off of Taylor lake, so we skipped that. My son, who is very athletic, complained about the incline the entire way up, but was very happy we had finished once he saw the lake and how close we were to the mountains on the other side of the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy trail, beautiful and serene at the lake. Bring bug spray! We did see a black bear by the creek within the first mile of the trail so keep alert with some noises/loud talking.

9 months ago

Beautiful hike, you can hear and see waterfalls the entire hike up. Bring bug spray.

hiking
9 months ago

Good, easy hike with great payoff.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike
Uphill all the way to the lake - stunning views!

hiking
9 months ago

The lake is splendid !

on Taylor Lake

9 months ago

Makes for a nice easy one night backpacking trip or day trip. Decent elevation gain with 500+m but very well trodden and level trail. We stayed the night up at the lake - beautiful spot to relax and fish (no catches but there are a lot of fish in the lake!). Very buggy around the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

on Taylor Lake

hiking
9 months ago

Very muddy near the top when I went today, it's like a giant mosquito breeding ground at the top, definitely bring bug spray. View was beautiful though, would definitely backpack here in the future.

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