Explore the most popular walking 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.

3 hours ago

Best hike I've done in Alberta, by far. As other folks mentionned, you must be prepared to face a good scramble once you're past Sentinel, as lots of loose rocks and steeper sections lay ahead. A climbing helmet and warm clothes are a definitive must, but hell it is worth the spectacular view on top!

5 hours ago

Amazing view, but much more of a scramble then a hike. Luckily it was really quiet and so there weren’t a lot of falling rocks from other people when we went up and back down

Take a walk on the wild side! This hike was a heck of a good time.

The first part of the hike has a bit of everything. Vegetation, rocks, dirt, absolute bone chilling silence and even chipmunks! Not to mention possible death-by-mineshafts! It is very Lord of the Rings-esque.

The culmination of the first part brings you to a “rock amphitheatre” where you can look at small rocks, medium rocks and big rocks too (don’t try to lift the big rocks - they are heavy!). Good spot to stop for a shotgun, a sandwich or a picture with a rock.

From there, the last part of the hike takes you up a relatively steep slope. Your glutes will be firing and you may be contemplating what the point of it all is, but then you get to the top. Let me tell you - it’s a heck of a view! I won’t give any spoilers, but suffice to say you can see *two* lakes and bison country. Neat!

The coolest part? The way back down is literally the exact same, but - this time - you walk down the hill and not up! Heelies recommended!

10 hours ago

Very nice hike that gets the heart rate going with a solid (not not unreasonable) incline for the first section before opening up in a beautiful valley leading to the lake. Of note are a few very small stream crossings that have good rock placements to help you out and lots of roots that require some attention at the start/end. Trail was quite busy when we visited (Saturday, 11am start) and the parking area was already full but we parked at the viewing spot for Bow Lake right near the entrance to the trailhead. Highly recommend tacking on at least part of the Dolomite Trail that takes you up to a fantastic viewing area above Lake Katherine!

21 hours ago

One of the most beautiful scenic hikes! Alpine meadows, wild flowers, waterfalls, burnt forests. Good incline with a fair number of short but steep ascents so definitely not an “easy” hike for those of sedentary or average fitness level - if Johnston Canyon or Grassi Lakes Trail is your baseline for easy, Helen Lake would be moderate to tough. Several groups of hikers we passed to and from the lake warned us of grizzly sightings within 50 feet of the trail in the open meadow portion of the trail so we had to make a lot of noise for the last part of the trail. Bear spray is a must! Also it snowed lightly at the lake so bring warm wind proof layers.

1 day ago

Easy access, ample parking, well maintained. Trailhead is easy to find and the scenery is stunning. If the uphill leaves you breathless, the views will give you an excuse to linger and catch your breath. The turnaround is a wonderful place to picnic before making your way back to the car, and worth the effort. Get out there!

Did a 3 day backpacking trip using Baker Lake as our campsite. Overall the hike was great and we really enjoyed the scenery and difficulty level. Our day hike consisted of doing the skoki loop and it was fantastic, walking through the valleys and deception pass was incredible. Loved looking over Skoki Lakes. The ONLY thing that made this hike less enjoyable was the swarms of mosquitoes. They really put a damper on the trip borderline unbearable.

This was a beautiful hike! Made it up to the lake in about 3 hours, views were fantastic. My friend and I saw three black bears about 1km from the trailhead on the way back.

5 days ago

A bit of snow to contend with that's turning into slush as the temperature goes up in the afternoon. Great hike and so much fun.

6 days ago

Low traffic, great views, waterfall is impressive. Pit toilet in the parking lot. Good view of castle mountain. Would do again.

Did this hike clockwise (Plain of Six Glaciers, Highline Trail to Lake Agnes, Mirror Lake and return on Lake Agnes trail) to enjoy forested shade in the afternoon. Departed Lake Louise at 8 AM and returned at 2:45 PM with stops at the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse, side trip out to the lookout, lunch at Lake Agnes and a quick stop at Mirror Lake. Good views and photo opportunities, forward and backwards. Wildflowers and two ice falls reverberating in the canyon, too. The trails got a lot more crowded the later the time. Definitely not best for tennis shoes or flip flops, although we saw hikers in them. Sufficient water required for length of hike, significant altitude gain, and weather.

6 days ago

Super easy hike to the falls and wow! What a hidden gem! This was a short trail I almost didn't do because it was too easy and too short. I am very glad I did go, it was well worth seeing.

Fabulous hike! Good incline for the first couple of kilometres but nothing too strenuous.

Good warm up hike for future hiking during the summer months

Beautiful view of Lake Louise and Mirror Lake from up top. Just 1km from Lake Agnes teahouse. Lots of fresh manure... not complaining just saying.
Parking at Lake Louise is an impossible task even during the week. Had to go back to the shuttle and wait for 45 min to get on the first one.

Great hike. Fairly easy incline until the very end, worth it for the view!

I did this today and very quiet. The hike started from Consolation Lake trail head. You just have to branch up to the trail which you can see clearly from Consolation Lake trail. It will take you to loose rocks and screes and steep. However nothing is technical. Overall, it was a good and short hike for us.

Steep scramble up and the scree skiing down is a lot of fun! Windy at the top.

Beautiful hike. One of my top five, I loved every second. Gorgeous views all the way up. Meadows full of wildflowers and beautiful waterfalls. I was nervous about bears but there was enough people that it eased my mind- bear spray is a must.

10 days ago

Great Hike albeit fairly steep in some parts. Lots of wildlife on a trail and especially in the tundra where friendly hoary marmots come to greet you and lick your shoes to say hello ;) . Great panorama of the Bow valley and lake and crowfoot glacier along the way. There is also tons of wild flowers in the various meadows you pass during the hike during the June/July months.

My daughter and I did this hike on July 11, 2018. It took us about six hours but we did stop for tea at Lake Agnes tea house. The trail is well marked. We left the parking lot at 7:30. Arriving any later would mean not parking in the Lake Louise parking lot. You'd need to park in the overflow lot and take the shuttle. My daughter is twenty and super fit. I'm in fair shape but I do have an injured knee. She paced the hike according to my ability. We had a great time. You need cash for the tea house. We bought two teas and two biscuits at the Lake Agnes tea house and it cost $21 plus tip (ouch!). The service was very slow. We skipped service at the second tea house and ate our sandwiches at the many benches. The weather was gorgeous. You need LOTS of bug spray because there are lots of mosquitoes. I should have used more sunscreen. Bring plenty of water. One thing that did surprise us was there was more snow on the way to the Plain of Six Glaciers than we expected. It was wet on the trail and muddy in some parts. You need good shoes. It gets chilly when you are sitting and resting. There are so many tourists (even on a Wednesday), you have no worries about bears. It is totally worth going to either tea house. You do need to be fit but pacing is everything on a hike.

rock climbing
11 days ago

This is not a hike. Almost the entire thing is a scramble up loose rocks (which is like swimming in a pile of rocky quicksand up the mountain). After the rock pile, you have to climb up a gulch that is very slick and requires all four limbs. It was very fun, but definitely dangerous. Do not do this climb if it is calling for rain!! Gorgeous view of lake moraine at the top!

Amazing hike! The snow has melted on the main trail but if you go on the upper lookout peak past the lake then beware that there still is some snow if you want the full experience. It is shallow and easy to traverse.

12 days ago

This is the most scenic hike I have ever been on out of the 30 or so ive done in the last decade. It is my second time hiking into helen lake and I could do it 100 more times and it would still be just as amazing. The hike itself is not too challenging. We hiked crypt lake 2 days before so we were still a bit sore from that. The beggining of the hike is the most challenging, but I believe this /to be manageable for most able bodied people. The trail continues to the right of helen lake to the southwest ridge of cirque peak. You need to do this portion of the hike! The views become tremendously more brilliant and you will have a view of a dolomite pass, watermelon peak and you can see the trail you walked in on and we managed to get a cell signal up top! All in all this hike is one of the best ive ever done and it is truly a treasure of the canadian rockies!!

This is not a moderate hike. It is hard / very hard. It is a straight up scramble where some sections have 99% grade... the first half of the scramble is loose rocks so it’s hard to get footing and second half of the scramble is more steep but better footing.

All of that said! Was a lot of fun and it’s doable. The view is worth it so push through if your reading this after you already started.

14 days ago

Fantastic hike to Helen Lake and then to the ridge to the east. The snow has melted from the trail. The trail is wet with runoff but no problems hiking. The views are amazing, a very worthwhile hike. Lots of marmots to entertain the visitors. This is a busy trail.

14 days ago

The best hike I’ve ever done!!

rock climbing
15 days ago

Wasn’t moderate!!!
It was a 5 min hike then 6 hour climb to the top!
Worth every bruise bump and scratch!

e' un bel trail...pare davvero di essere sulle nostre Dolomiti...e' una gigantografia delle Dolomiti. Paesaggi e panorami molto belli e suggestivi. il Canada e' davvero immenso!

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