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Easy hike for the whole family with fantastic view of Peyto Lake at the overlook.

Absolutely gorgeous, one of the best views I've ever seen. Very easy. The trailhead is at the north end of the first parking lot. It was not too busy since it is winter, but there were more people here than most prefer places (except Lake Louise).

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is absolutely stunning. A must do if you can pop over to Yoho.

Did this hike at the spur of the moment on a weekend getaway in Oct! Beautiful short hike. Micro spikes were required. Had the place mostly to ourselves except for a new friend we met!

Hard is right, even knowing the route, it gets steep, especially when you have snow, but what a sight :)

hiking
9 days ago

Lots of snow but beautiful views!

It looks photoshopped in real life.

Beautiful lake. Calm, isolated feel. Not a lot to see along the way.

Well worth the short hike.

Amazing. We saw it in the snow. It was a winter wonderland in September.

10 days ago

Well worth the time. When you get to the falls and start to go down, the easier path goes straight while a steep and slick path goes to the left. I wish the huge pile of dirt didn't block the views from the bottom.

Hiked the road last weekend, about 1/2ft snow the first km, then goes down to almost nothing and then 3/4ft snow the last two km coming up to the lake. Spent the weekend at Elizabeth Parker Hut and much more snow from the lake to the hut- but so worth it!

Easy, beautiful hike with tons of wild flowers in the Summer!!

There will be mud! Sometimes knee high if you don’t pick the right path....
All reviews hold true when it comes to the hike being very muddy. Once you leave the creepy abandoned building it’s a chose your own adventure kinda hike with lots of ribbons and ropes that may confuse you. Other than that, it was a great hike/adventure. Probably not your first date kinda hike unless you’re testing one another.
Just remember, no matter what way you go, THERE WILL BE an anonymous amount of MUD. Good luck out there!

Got here right after sunrise and finished right as the bus loads of tourists arrived in the parking lot. Very pleasant surprise and absolutely gorgeous. Saw only 2-3 other couples hiking. Ends with a waterfall but that’s not even the best part of the trail. One of my favorites.

We did these never ending switchbacks the day after snow (enough for snowshoes at about 6k ft+) and with low hanging clouds around the lake. The beginning was an amazing hike through the dense forest with a handful of various animal tracks. We had lunch on the ridge line with the nicest viewpoint we found. We would have liked a clear submit or more view points. A lot of work for not a lot of views, but we did love being alone on the trail which has been hard to find in the Banff area.

Did this as part of our yearly trip in September 2018. Was an amazing day and the weather was beautiful family friendly hike for all skill levels

A must see if you are in and around Banff .. short drive up and the scenery is spectacular .. I’ve has started to build up sonic you have some cleats handy, make sure you bring them along .. ok, lookout does get crowded however, not a reason not to miss out!

Nice easy hike with great views. The vegetation is quite different from one side of the lake to other.

Nice and easy hike and worth the stunning views. Especially beautiful when the clouds cover the valley below.

hiking
1 month ago

Really beautiful views - not hard at all, easy way to spend ~2 hours in the morning. There’s also an ice cream shop at the beginning. So that’s a plus.

walking
1 month ago

You can’t do much if you just drive there, next time I go I’d want to approach via Yoho

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

Hiking on that road is really boring, especially if you have to do the 22 km in and out in one day. There is no view on that road, and it is a road not a pretty trail. It is best to reserve a bus "months in advance" and hike other trails around the lake. Those other trails are breath taking! A amazing view from all the other trails.
In the winter, you can x-country ski the road. It is track set and easy enough and at least, it is way faster on the way down!!!

Great hike! Very moody but perfect to go to a place not so crowded!
The airplane and destination makes it a really fun hike.

Decent little walk, a nice place to pull off the highways and stretch the legs. Plus there are picnic tables and washrooms, but be prepared to pay, this stop is in a National Park and park fees are required. Giant Cedars maybe an overstatement, especially when you come from West coast.

Loved every minute of our 6 days here. Can't wait to do it again.

Nice that this trail had very little snow, except for approx 50 metres from the upper lookout.

After the lower lookout, it seems as though this trail has not been maintained for some time. There were a lot of trees down across the trail.

Overall, awesome hiking conditions for this time of year.

The entrance of this trail start just outside at Radium Hot Springs pool cashier entrance.... Easy trail specially from the pool descending the valley. Well maintained. Mostly in the wood but provided few nice views on the valley.

Bucket list hike! 6 days of roots, mud, killer ladders, narrow trails that snake along massive seaside cliffs. Saw bears, sea lions, eagles, deer, cougar tracks... majestic trees in lush rain forest. Challenging and breathtakingly beautiful.

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