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1 day ago

Did this hike mid-sept and it was outstanding. Great views thru Larch Valley and even better when you get up the scree path (steep, but not scary, nor dangerous) at Sentinel Pass. We stopped there and did not go on to Temple Mtn because that started to get too steep for us.

Such a beautiful hike and great views from the pass. There was lots of fresh snow on the hike from the larch valley up to the pass, micro spikes for your hiking boots are really a must in these conditions and on that type of slope.

A-ma-zing. Even with bad weather (snow today) very well worth the trip. The last part, to Sentinel pass, is quite icy...so watch your step.

so beautiful and grand when we are in the midst of the mountains and lakes, the golden larch reflections on the lake is picture perfect !

We did this hike today and it was nothing short of amazing! If you decide to go up to sentinel pass make sure you have proper gear. It is very icy coming back down and if you slip it’s a long way down!

We did this as part of a Loop : parked midway up Moraine lake road at the Paradise Valley parking lot (first we dropped off bicycles at Moraine Lake). We hiked paradise valley to Sentinel Pass, then over the pass and Larch valley to Moraine lake road. Then we biked back to the car. It was about 21km of hiking and 950m elevation but it was just gorgeous! Paradise Valley in particular was breathtaking.

hiking
7 days ago

Wonderful hike. A little tough up the scree path to the Pass, but not too bad and the views at Sentinel Pass are worth it. One of my favorite hikes.

Short hike, with a few larches and fireweed :) nice lakes.

Pretty walk through the woods. A tough scramble at the end to get close to the lake. The lake itself was nothing special. Especially after just seeing Moraine Lake!

11 days ago

This trail is well-trafficked and it’s clear why. The views at the top of the pass are absolutely spectacular! Be prepared for changing weather conditions on the way up, as it was sunny when we started, started snowing lightly midway up, and was snowing a bit harder up at the pass. Because of the heavy foot traffic, the trail is easy to follow. The elevation increases quickly at the start and at the end on the switchbacks up to the pass, but the middle of the trail is easy to manage. Overall, incredibly beautiful and well worth the effort!

Only completed the portion of the route up to Lillian Lake. Approximately 13kms round trip. Lovely route, following the creek a majority of the way. 10 walking bridges on route. Path is mainly rolling hills but near the approach has a sudden steep incline to the lake. The lake is a great photo op. Brought the dog and he loved it until he became a bit tired near the end of our return back. Took about 2hr 15mins there and 1hr 45mins back.

The most beautiful hike of my life from start to finish. Started by doing the short flat lakeside trail around the lake, then up and up all the man switchbacks. It’s a challenging hike for the grade, and takes about an hour to an hour and a half if you’re young and in shape, but well worth your efforts. The view at the top is a perfect scene with the Ten Mountains peaks being a feast for the eyes! I recommend a later hike as the trail clears out and when you get to the bottom the light causes a great reflection of the surrounding mountains on the lake.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike! We did it in the middle of winter and it was fairly slippery. We slid down on our bums the whole way back and it made for some amazing memories ;)

Hiked to Larch Valley. The view of Ten Peaks is well worth the effort. You won't get much solitude because of heavy trail use. Definitely a challenging trail because of the steep grade.

Loved this hike, would do it again trail running or biking. I would say this trail is closer to moderate or moderate-hard.
The first mile is not very spectacular, but the view from the summit was stunning.
We did the loop instead of out/back, while it added a few miles (garmin says 9 total or 3-1/4 hr) the different path and scenery made it definitely worth it and it wasn’t as busy.

My go-to for a quick but rewarding trip if you have limited time.

Hiked to Larch Valley. Definitely one of the best views of Ten Peaks - worth the steep climb, assuming it's a clear day!

good one to do this afternoon with my dog (hot day) as the path is the shade (treed) most of the way. we missed the trail head so had to back track a little. parked on the left near the powderface sign, hence missed the start as no signage of when to take the path to the left... its open and straight up! will do again, but when it's less smoky so can enjoy the view at top.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike for beginners. Gradual inclines until the top. Very steep, hiking poles are a must. Windy up at the top but the view is gorgeous.

Beauty everywhere you look. So nice to hike in the prime hiking season and only come across a few groups throughout the day! We did the alpine circuit but I would like to come back to spend more time on the Opabin Plateau. So many lakes, streams and wild flowers! I would like to take more tome to enjoy that special place. We hiked the fire road in and out. It put our day over 30kms and everyone’s feet were not happy for the last 5kms. Other then that, the day was amazing!

Best hike in Banff hands down - must do on a clear day. Try and go early, the trail is empty and Lake Moraine is best in the morning. Seeing all 10 peaks from Larch Valley is unforgettable.

Easy hike with lots of wildflowers. The trail is quite busy. Definitely do the Grizzly /Laryx Lake loop.

Great trail, i did 3 times

Great hike but the weather did not cooperate. Left early and hiked up for 1.5 hours, then lightening, rain and snow helped me make the decision to turn around and head back down. Will try again another day.

Only people on the trail today! Not sure what trail others were speaking of with signs?!?! No signage we saw. After you cross the bridge keep left, after about 15 min keep looking right as the trail is sneakily tucked in (by a pile of rocks)! We were chatting too much we completely missed it and had to back track.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this hike today 3 September 2018. Conveniently only an hour from Calgary. As others have said, you will drive past the trail head and park on your left in the little parking lot. Then you cross Highway 66 and walk towards your right, passing at least one other trail before you get to this one.

Arrived just after a heavy morning rain so there were not many people on the trail. A lot of the hike is through forest, emerging from time to time in the open air and then to a kind of open field at the top. No scrambling or scree towards the top just a pretty easy walk up to a beautiful view and a rock cairn with a flag planted in it. There was light snow on the ground in the trees starting at about halfway up the hill.There are some steep sections on the way up to test your cardio, but not too strenuous. I enjoyed walking through the forest parts but from the comments below I gather that is not for everyone. All in all I thought it was a great hike. Would do it again

We did this hike yesterday and it was awesome. Great trail, right in the trees and with some open areas. Bridges, waterfalls, and lots of great photo opportunities. Easy walking but moderate difficulty as most of the trail is uphill. Some challenging spots but completely do able. Fairly heavily trafficked by other hikers. We went mid day and it was busy! I would suggest climbing up a little further past Lillian Lake towards Galatea Lake or the summit to have a stunning mountain view!! Took us about 1hr 45 mins to the lake. Bring your bear spray as bears are in the area. Would highly recommend! Nice mix of forest, waterfalls, lake and mountain views.

Excellent trail - we started around 9 and it took us just over two hours to ascend to the top. There was snow coverage and quite a bit of ice. It is very windy at the top of the pass so make sure you wear a good jacket! The descent was a little tougher than the ascent because we didn't bring poles with us. We had good hiking boots, but next time we'd definitely go back with poles for a quicker descent.

Amazing! We started at Lake Moraine and hiked up to the switchbacks at the pass. The meadow at the top was gorgeous. We couldn’t make it up the switchbacks because it was too icy and we had no gear (you’d need poles at least), but it was still an awesome hike.

Made it to the meadow and started up the switchbacks but wasn’t prepared enough for the slippery snow/ice to make it very far. Definitely was still worth going that far for the scenery though.

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