Explore the most popular birding trails in Banff National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great hike for single hikers visiting town. Some of this hike was on a golf course, a little in the woods and some along a trail in front of houses with a great view of the city.

Completed on the 16th of October. The initial 5-6kms of forrest is nothing special. However, once you break out into the meadows you get some spectacular views! They make it worthwhile.
The trail is covered in snow/ice at this time of year. Cleats were a big help.

hiking
1 day ago

Such a pretty and peaceful hike. Great for those with less stamina or if you'd like to fit in a little hike. We were there before 10 AM and did not see one other person. Even though the trail was somewhat ice, it is completely flat, so was easy to traverse.

1 day ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

Great hike. Definitely recommend snow cleats during shoulder season. Late September to early October expect many golden larches along the trail. Do not recommend taking the steeper shortcut for casual hikers. Saw ski marks shown parts of the trail.

October 9
Cool hike, great views of the canyone and walking right above it on the path and grates. Very icy though, high fall risk, crampons suggested. The only problem with this hike being the amount of people there (high) and the amount of people falling and basically scrambling not to fall because of the ice.

hiking
3 days ago

October 14 2018
Quite satisfied with this hike! Did it with crampons (pretty necessary) and poles (optional here), with a 8 month old toddler. We are a 32/30 years old couple with some hiking experience and moderate fitness level and it took us about 1h35 on the way up (without much photo stopping) and 1h20 on the way down. First half is easy, steady way down to the first lake, with some mud. Some pretty views of the lower lake. After the bridge the way up starts. Somewhat steep in the second half, especially at the end after you reach the dried up lake. There’s about 100m ascent left at that point over less than 500m. Then you reach the lake, nestled in the mountainside, which is quite pretty. On your way back the end of the route isnt that dispiriting since it’s quite a gradual climb. Met 2 groups of 2 in total during the whole hike, pretty deserted! Note that on the way down (or up if you prefer taking breaks) the view in the last 1/3 is quite pretty as well.

Beautiful hike! Mirror Lake is very small and frozen now but a nice picture spot. Another half mile takes you to Lake Agnes which is also frozen but pretty. Tea house is closed but you can get a sense for its quaintness. Some steep parts of the hike and it’s snowy so you will want spikes.

A bit of an incline but this short beautiful hike has the most gorgeous view of the Chateau Lake Louise that you’ll see. Was snowy today so we were glad we had spikes.

Arrived a few weeks ago at 630am on a Friday. Parking lot was full at that time. Amazing views of the peaks. Some of the most scenic backdrops I have seen in a larch forest. Make sure to continue to Sentinel pass for more amazing views.

10-12-18
Great hike with awesome views at the top we hiked to lake Agnes then hiked up to little beehive the views from there were incredible. There was a front coming through today and it snowed most of the hike the wind at the top was very strong, we also saw an avalanche across the mountain from us. I highly recommend crampons this hike had ice the entire way up and is very slick we saw lots of people unprepared and having a lot of trouble getting up and down.

hi folks is it possible to hike all of these rookies summit in winter too?

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

5 starts for the lake itself but too crowded for my liking.

One of my personal favourite spots! Nature at its best! Hike was easy and rock climb was a fun challenge. We started this trail early evening and basically had it all to ourselves. Love. Love. Love. Would 100% recommend.

Lovely hike but you will want micro spikes especially for the trek up to the upper Falls. So many people slipping and sliding without them. Parking was no problem at 9:30 in a Thursday. Not crowded at all. But bring spikes!

hiking
6 days ago

Very nice trail despite the snow. Colors are still amazing! I’d rate this trail as moderate as the ascension was kinda smooth.

Easy hike. Current snowy/icy conditions add a little more difficulty to get up to upper falls. Not as crowded due to overcast weather and trail conditions.

We did this hike last Sunday (October 7). It was very easy (as it's just walking, no scrambling or anything like that), but you NEED ice cleats - otherwise it's very slippery and can be dangerous. We saw some people without ice cleats who were going down literally on their butts.
Due to ice and snow, it was not crowded (we went at around 1pm).

This is a very easy trail that is paved most of the way with handrails! The waterfalls are beautiful - however this is such a well know place make sure to get up super early to beat lots of crowds or try going during the week.

This hike is very steep. It goes straight up until you get to the tea house. We went in August and it was a brisk day. We started about mid day. It started to get chilly and rain as we were going up so make sure you bring clothing if the weather changes. Lakes were beautiful. Its not a long hike but it challenged me due to he straight incline. Once we got to the tea house it was packed with people there was no where to sit or even stand for that matter. We got tea because why not!Everyone was crowed in the tea house because it was cold and raining. Once we were there the views were not spectacular because we were basically in a rain cloud. But still recommend it and recommend doing it early to avoid crowds. An experience you should have when at lake Louise.

hiking
8 days ago

Snow was pretty set in when reached the cirque . Had to cut our own path towards the top (snow was above knee deep in places) hard work and a little sketchy but worth the views.

Awesome hike. A nice gradual incline with incredible views once you get through the forest. Did it in early October and it was quite snowy where snowshoes were needed for the last quarter of the hike.

One of my favourite hikes so far in the Rockies, absolutely breathtaking views. Just when you think it can’t get better, BAM! Craziness. Pretty steady incline the whole way up. Definitely have crampons! Saw so many people fall down and get hurt.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy to navigate

We did this hike a couple of days ago and the views from the top were beautiful! It was a very steady uphill climb the whole way and challenging for us as we’re pretty unfit but worth it for the views. Definitely don’t think we could have handled big beehive though.

It had snowed the days prior so we rented grippers for $10 from the sports shop in town and brought our hiking sticks. I highly recommend doing this in snowy / icy conditions as it helped us tremendously! We saw many people slip on the way up / down. We couldn’t actually find the rock that everyone gets their photos on as there was too much snow but the views of the lake were still beautiful and the trail was nice and quiet from Lake Agnes because of the snow which was great!

hiking
11 days ago

Family friendly up until the canyon, there is a bike rack right before you go through the canyon. FYI, Discovery Pass gives you free access to the Cave and Basin

If there is one must do hike in the Canadian Rockies .. must be this one for the view .. easy, short, breathtaking view!!

Great trail! Just very very icy. Only could make it up because of railings. If you don’t have spikes, very difficult with snow/ice. Otherwise would be very easy. Can’t wait to come back and do again.

Love hiking at Sunshine so peaceful and the views are amazing larch especially wonderful to watch as they turn golden and shed their needles flowers in spring and fall can highly compare to many other hikes but hard to compare Sunshine s Latches and trails

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