Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Completed Oct 31 and a not recommend.
The trail is a long, grueling uphill ascent that stays within the trees the entire time. There are no lookouts or landmarks along the 2hour climb. It's incredibly monotonous. Taylor Lake itself is now completely frozen, and the meadow is heavily snowed in. The view of the mountains is often fogged in. At 2100+ meters, I experienced mild altitude sickness. On our descent, we noticed fresh Grizzly tracks on top of our ascending footprints. No sitings, but the big bears aren't necessarily asleep yet.
This is not the worst hike ever, but in Banff this time of year, there are dozens that offer better views, with less work in more frequently used parts of the park.

I was very disappointed with the zoo. We did not see any animals but many bunny tracks. The snow gave it a nice touch but was confused why there was so much more snow the higher up we went when we were getting closer to the sun. It makes zero sense. It should be warmer.

hiking
30 days ago

Hiked this on October 20th with a few friends, and we enjoyed it! The views of Taylor Lake are cool, backdropped by Mt. Bell and Panorama Peak. The trail was very easy to follow, and for the most part winded through forest, with glimpses of Mt. Bell on the ascent and Castle Mountain on the descent. The trail was icy this time of year though, we managed without spikes but they'd be helpful!

Just before reaching Taylor Lake, the trail opens up into a meadow, which leads up to the lake with great views. Once you reach the lake, there are four picnic tables for a lunch stop, with options to extend the hike to Boom Lake and O'Brien Lake. We crossed paths with a half dozen groups on the way up and down.

Total time round trip: 3.5hr

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful view of moraine lake from a different perspective. It was only relatively difficult at the beginning (first ~2 km) due to switchbacks but it was pretty flat the rest of the time. If I do this again, I’d want to continue to Wenkchemna pass into Larch valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Was very snowy, but the lake is incredibly pretty. This is a very long hike so bring lots of supplies. The fog that was over the lake came in and out of view, so you do have to wait until for a picture perfect moment!

1 month ago

Did this hike on October 6th. Had cleats and poles so it was manageable. The hike to the lake is pretty much all uphill so be prepared for that and bring lots of water. The trail is mainly in the forest so it only offers a few mountain views but once you get to the lake it is worth it!!! I plan on snowshoeing this one soon.

1 month ago

Taylor Lake is absolutely stunning durning the golden larch season. Done this hike twice now. Hike up is not a difficult one - did this yesterday though and it’s time for microspikes as there is snow and ice on the trail. Take the time to go up to panorama ridge if you can as you’re immersed in a field of gold and green (and white now

1 month ago

Beautiful golden larch! On Sep 29, 2018.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on September 14, and it was snowing the entire time! Unfortunately couldn't see the views well, however the soft snowfall was extremely beautiful and peaceful. Took around 4 hours round trip. I wanted to go down to the water, although we were afraid we would miss the last bus out at 5:30 if we did that, so we just took a quick break at the top of the trail and turned back.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy family hike, we had kids with us ages from 5-10 and they had no problem finishing the hike. The hike was very pretty with all the fall colours showing in the bushes surrounding the trail. Although there is no great view until you reach the lake. It was muddy at some points but the kids enjoyed it trying to go through the water/mud on rocks and logs.

A decently easy hike without a steep incline to it. The trail was nice and Boom Lake at the end was most definitely worth the hike at the end.

Surrounded with some huge rocks it makes for a great spot to sit down and eat lunch while taking in the scenery. There was a loon calling, fish jumping and an eagle enjoying a fish dinner while I was there, making it even more enjoyable. I would do this trail again. I even lucked out and was able to chat with some Parks volunteers who were on the trail that day.

backpacking
2 months ago

Trail was well maintained and easy to navigate. It was a steady incline all the way up but there were lots of switchbacks and places to rest. With backpacks full of camping gear the hike took us 2.5 hours. Would definitely do the hike again.

2 months ago

This was a fun hike, you get to visit the very beautiful Taylor lake and O’Brien lake. Once you get to O’Brien lake you want to follow the creek that feeds it up the mountain. At this point there is no trail anymore. The recorded trail is a little miss leading. Climbing experience is definitely a must once you get to the base of the mountain. I would suggest climbing up the south east ridge and then making your way along the ridge.

2 months ago

Probably a 3.5. The trail is pretty mellow and would be good for lots of different fitness levels (although it’s not appropriate for strollers, wheelchairs, etc.).

The lake at the end is very pretty and the trail wasn’t too busy on a weekday mid-morning, however the scenery was pretty unremarkable until we got to the lake (which took a little while).

hiking
2 months ago

Went up September 5th...gorgeous spot. Moderate but steady grade up to the lake, trail is in good condition and well maintained. We had planned to head up Panorama Ridge after lunch at the lake but came across a grizzly in the meadow 15-20 minutes above the lake so we turned around. Will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike with two friends on August 23. It has a steady elevation gain the whole way up but not too steep (took us about 2 hrs up). Lots of short plateaus that allow you to catch your breath/take a water break before starting the next incline. Multiple bridges to cross with pretty views of streams.

The lake itself is very beautiful and is surrounded on 3 sides by mountains. We could see a waterfall at the far end of the lake that would be fun to paddle to if one hiked up with an inflatable SUP. We also could hear/see Loons out on the water.

There is a lovely grassy, tenting area. Several small picnic tables are scattered around and we also saw that there is an outhouse and food cache area for hanging your bear bag. Lots of options to extend your hike from there (we saw signs for Moraine Lake, Boom Lake, O’Brien Lake, and a meadow hike). Would love to return one summer to camp up there. We did the trail to O’Brien Lake after and it took us an additional hour to get there. The return trip, including O’Brien Lake took approximately 2.5 hrs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, a bit of smoke near Moraine Lake.
The trail does not easily reach Eifel lake and you need to scramble .5 km. to reach the water.

Get to the parking lot by 7am. It’s real, get there early.

Majestic - if you enjoy the journey with friends regardless of the destination then this trail is for you!

Other than the smoke, great mix of topography and great day hike. Take time to break at lake for a snack.

Great hike!

Nice accessible hike to a great lake. Great for beginners, the trail is a bit uninteresting along the way, but the lake is worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, once you get past the 1.2 mile mark it’s relatively easy going. Great views of the ever changing moraine and seen a marmot up close too!

backpacking
3 months ago

My family and I backpacked into Taylor Lake at the end of July. Super beautiful location, the lake is stunning!!

I wouldn’t rate this as an “easy hike”, it’s a steady climb all the way up and especially with a 40 lb pack it was moderate.

My crew made it up in about 2 hours, and rewarded with an amazing stay up there for two nights. The picnic tables made food prep and eating a breeze.

We hiked into O’Brien Lake the next day for some more fishing, always fun fishing for Cut Throat Trout.

All and all, this hike was awesome!

Awesome trail ! Lots to see, great view of the lake. Does tend to be pretty wet and muddy at some points.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Very few folks out here today. We ate lunch at the lookout by ourselves for 1/2 hr. The view of Moraine was great and the last km offered great views of the glacial valley and Eiffel Lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Great family hike that included 6 adults with varying hiking experience and 6 kids ranging from 6-12. A little muddy in some spots but quite a nice trail. The lake was amazing however there were a lot of black flies closer to the water. We settled for lunch on one of the many large boulders set further back and enjoyed the scenery. It’s a little bit of a balancing act navigating close to the water as the rocks weren’t always stable. I’d do this hike again.

3 months ago

Great hike, a bit of a slog up but well worth it. Lots of wild flowers and beautiful lake . Picnic area has tables. Saw a bear on the way down so watch out!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Lots of switch backs with some pretty stead incline for the first 2.4 km and then the rest of the trail to Eiffel Lake is relatively flat. Breathtaking views of Moraine Lake and the mountains. Probably one of my favourite hikes!

Beautiful!

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