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

About half of the section down to the Bow River has turned into a creek, making it tough to navigate around in some parts. There’s a river crossing as well but it’s not really feasable till maybe much later in the year when water levels are low. I followed the Bow River downstream to get close to the lake (as seen on the map as another trail) but this “trail” kind of faded in and out throughout the hike. Ran into a lot of spider webs across the trail, ticks, and water. Probably won’t do this hike again.

Didn't quite do this trail, ended up taking North Molar pass east to Fish Lakes. Leads you up higher over the pass and down the other side. Still an excellent out-and-back trip (camping @ Fish Lakes is very nice).

We started from the paradise creek parking lot then went to giants steps and over sentinel pass. It is very difficult but well worth it.

6 months ago

I’ve hiked to this lake starting from the trailhead. It’s long, but varied with wonderful views. There is an alternate exit that leads to a rockwall and chimney, to a couple of stunning lakes that you can see in the distance when you hike in on the main trail. Definitely will be hiking this again.

This was day 1 of an overnight camping trip to Molar Creek Campground (Mo-16)

THe hike is an in and out type route.
It is a gorgeous hike.

Beware the campground is really hard to find as it is across the river.
There is only one sign.

Follow the GPX and you will find, guarantee!
Bring some water shoes, you'll need them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Not a trail to get away from it all. However, this is a decent little trail if you're looking for some good spots to do some fly fishing along the bow river. The trail runs along the main campground, up to the visitors center and out past the train station.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My wife and I took this as a day hike from Skoki Lodge. There, the manager described it as an easy hike. I have to admit, it would have been easy, or at most moderate, if I didn't have bad knees, and my wife didn't have knee replacements.
We started in a rapidly melting 1/4" of snow from the night before. The hike across the rocks at the Wall of Jericho was easy for me, but a challenge for my wife, who had to pick her way very carefully. As we spotted beautiful Castilleja Lake below us, we also spotted a pretty, wooded trail beside it. We decided that we must have missed a trail junction, and had taken the wrong route - Wrong! We agreed to scamble/butt-slide down the rockslide to the other trail - about 1/3 mile. At the bottom, we set out on the nice trail, only to find that it soon ascended steeply and joined the higher trail we had left!!!! To make matters a little more worrisome, it started to snow - Thankfully, it didn't last, and it didn't accumulate (A group of "real" hikers who started with us, quickly outpaced us on their way to Merlin Ridge. They returned almost an hour after us (Odd considering our lengthy detour), and were turned back from the ridge by the same snow we hiked through - and through which we could clearly see the ridge).
After a brief snack, we continued on to a rock step about 4' high. Not a real strain for me, but it was tricky for my wife to figure out how to position herself to get up with fake knees. We then confronted the short, narrow ledge we had been told about. It wasn't too bad except that I have some issues with heights that mad the crossing interesting. A short hike then brought us to scenic Merlin Lake, surrounded by the Wall of Jericho and the Merlin Ridge. After lunch, we sought the green sign we had been told to find for a return via Merlin Meadows. It took only a few minutes to find the sign and trail cairns.
The trail was, as we had been warned, a sometimes steep, nearly continuous drop of 492', over about 2 miles to the meadows. After crossing a log footbridge, we found that the meadows were very boggy, and our boots were soon soaked. We spotted the white sign we had been told to look for on the other side and made our way to it.
The map we had been given indicated that Skoki Lodge was just past the meadow. In fact, the sign informed us it was another mile, and we discovered that it was a 210' climb! Thank goodness for the log bench overlooking the ravine, where we could rest, so that we weren't limping and so bedraggled looking after our adventure! Also, we got to see a very interesting woodland croquet set, with ramps to guide the balls over the very uneven ground. It gave us a good laugh that carried us back to the lodge.

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