Explore the most popular forest trails near Improvement District No. 9 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days ago

enjoyed this hike and views a year ago with friends.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked up this route yesterday and had to turn back about 1km from the end due to deep crusty snow. Would definitely still need snowshoes. I would definitely go back when the snow has retreated a bit more or with snowshoes. Saw a lovely little black bear on the way back too.

Amazing view on the top!
However lots of switch backs and you dont have views for first couple hours.

Did a 3 day backpack here last year and it was amazing. Probably the best multi day I’ve done thus far. Very tough. Very rewarding.

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is AWESOME! It shouldn’t be this easy to bag an 11,000+ ft summit. I mean, it’s not “easy” but aside from the step, there is hardly any scrambling. The 360° views of the Lake Louise valley are simply breathtaking, views that are usually reserved for condors and light aircraft. But I’d strongly advise anyone to read Parks Canada’s brochure on hiking Mt Temple. Follow the route markers, stay on the trail and you’ll have a glorious day.

Trail up is a bit boring, although felt rewarded by the nice colourful reflective lake at the top. Didn’t require snowshoes as some commenters are suggesting- I was there in August, I think. Reading the reviews and seeing photos I think it would have been worth it to press on beyond Bourgeau Lake but we ran out of time.

best hike in the Rockies! I've summited 3 times. the glacier lakes, beautiful meadow, and stunning view from 12000ft is unbeatable. plan for it usually 1st 3 weeks in august, has to be sunny. even if you're unable to summit because of weather you can usually get to sentinel pass, still a worthwhile hike

Easily one of my favourite hikes! Not too difficult. Worth it to go all the way up to Harvey’s pass!

hiking
1 month ago

It's amazing, do it! But go prepare with the description for the scramble. We didn't know about it and met some folk at sentinel pass going up, so we tagged along. They didn't really know where they were going so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. I'll try it again next time, but I'll be the one with the direction!

Nice little hike with nice view over Lake Minnewanka. I'd suggest doing the cascade mountain scramble instead, but this is much shorter so if time is a factor, go for it!

My wife and I hiked to the tea house, got a spot of tea, then went all the way to the end. Gorgeous view of glaciers and mountains. Even heard an avalanche come down off one of the glaciers. Little crowded but an enjoyable hike

hiking
5 months ago

I really liked this one, pleasant grind up to the lake. Needed to switch to snowshoes once at the base of Black Brett, the snow gets DEEP. Had to bail on the plan to get to Harvey's Pass as going through the trees with the deep snow was too unstable to walk through.

Will be back in the summer to tackle the pass and the summit

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trip. Trail up the hill is well packed so microspikes best. Once you hit the upper bowl snow is pretty deep so snowshoes would be better. To go to Bourgeau lake veer left at the meadow. If there are trails heading straight towards the trees then right, they are heading to Harvey pass.

5 months ago

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

Full of snow, but fun!

on Bourgeau Lake Trail

7 months ago

Hike it two days ago. It was a great trail up hill all the way. Hour prior to the lake we hit 15 inches of snow but persevered so glad we did. Look forward to doing it again earlier in the season,

hiking
7 months ago

I have to go back to this one as it kicked my ass so hard. But even though I didn't reach the summit, easily some of the most breath taking views.

hiking
7 months ago

Quick jaunt on our way home from Lake Louise. Well marked and beautiful views of the falls and across the valley.

Trail is getting pretty slippery with the snow on the trail, I'd recommend bringing ski poles.

*NOT DOG FRIENDLY*

This was my absolute favorite hike ever. Honestly I struggle to find the words for how breathtaking the summit truly is.

Get to the parking lot early. I’m talking before 6 AM because it fills up extremely fast. The trailhead had quite a few people on it first thing in the morning but was thinned out by the time I reached The Valley of 10 Peaks. I passed quite a few people on my way to the summit. Many parties turned around after the initial pass for whatever reasons.

This summit is no joke. In the middle of August there was serious snow and ice for most of my ascent. Totally worth every breath.

hiking
7 months ago

A great hike in the snow!

hiking
7 months ago

hard hard hard ... had snow and ice ... but awesome!!

stunning all around we Really liked it

Great to take someone who aren't entirely sure of their fitness, with a good mix of steeper ascensions with a short flater spots so we can keep going for longer periods.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous trail. I could hike this trail all the time and not get tired of it. It was a bit icy and snowy when we did it (late Sept) but still fine with good hiking boots. We were going to go beyond the lake to Cirque Peak but the weather shifted when we got to the lake and started to snow so we headed back down. Still entirely worthwhile to just go to the lake. Beautiful scenery the whole way. Normally I prefer loop trails but this was so pretty I don't mind the out and back route. Easy amount of effort for the views on this trail. It's a new favourite.

hiking
7 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Ice-fields parkway. Easy hike to Helen Lake then a moderate hike to the above ridge. Incredible views. We went a step further today and did Cirque Peak, in 2 feet of snow. What an I incredible experience. Harder yes, but definitely worth it.

Agree with previous reviews re: worth the effort to finish out the trail. Perfect day!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful day, top of cirque the Hoary Marmot was chirping us non stop! Next time up the Dolomite ridge.

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