Explore the most popular camping 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.

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. We had our dog with us and she made it, but the climb over the pass was very strenuous and I wouldn’t have taken her had I realized how much snow/rocks we’d have to climb over - it was ALMOST too much for those 4 little legs.

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
3 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Gave it a 3 because it was so snowy/cloudy/foggy that we couldn’t even see the water. Trail was snow/ice covered and very slippery. Definitely not worth the drive when it is snowing as the roads were snow covered with sheer drop offs with very few guard rails. People were driving with their flashers on and cars/buses were backed up (ie, at a stand still) trying to get up the mountain road. Cars were turning around to go back to Banff on a very narrow mountain road with curves and very limited visibility. We made it to The Crossing, spent the night, and with more snow being forecasted decided not to continue onto Jasper, but to go back to Banff. Disappointing.

4 days ago

I was with Shahram and confirm it can be done in one day though little bit difficult. One of the best hikes I've ever done and will do in the future.
Lots of water on the trail can be used if having either filter or pills.
There are few campsites for those who want to enjoy more.
On the way back I recommend to follow the route Shahram recorded as the meadow was beautiful and quite. My phone crashed so I could not complete my recordings.

Beautiful view! Saw the fox outline and mountains surrounding it so clearly. 12/10 would recommend.

7 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!

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.

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.

The beautiful colors of the lake really look gorgeous

Such a marvelous lake !

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

We went late afternoon and it was very crowded! A lot of buses and tourists ! We were a bit disapointed but we walked the main trail anyway and took a trail away from the main path after the belvedere! What a good choice we made !! The view is much more impressive! And you can appreciate your moment without having thousands of tourists behind your back ! My advice: take the small trail after the belvedere!

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.

Very pleasant and easy walk. Would definitely visit again. Oh, there was snow on the top the day I visit. (Sep 3rd) just so you know.

Very crowded, but beautiful views

I did this hike combining it with Simpson Pass to make the hike a lollipop. Parking was plentiful and the trail was easy to find. With some side walking to take pictures my GPS said that we hiked 13.6 miles. Healy Pass and the meadows above the tree lines offer some incredible views. The trail was moderately busy with trail runners, backpackers, and day hikers like ourselves. Overall I would suggest skipping Simpson Pass as it was mostly uneventful and led steeply downhill in some places, adding more miles to an already long hike.

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.

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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.

Did a 3 day , 2 night hike last week , was awesome ! Had some cold temps and bit windy but anything can be expected out there . Camped first night at hidden lake camp and then Merlin meadows the next . Great scenery and way too many postcard pics to be taken out there . Absolutely beautiful part of the world

Go early it gets very crowded and the trail is narrow. Amazing views! The water is absolutely stunning! Be careful leaning against the railings on the first viewpoint. It was rotted and loose!

Amazing hike! GPS said it was about 25km round trip - we went all the way up to the ridge. This hike has everything from forested trail that opens into beautiful valleys, a waterfall, three lakes and a tough climb up shale rock face. This hike was pretty difficult after the first 5km but not unmanageable. We finished in roughly 6.5 hours with a few 15-30 minute breaks at two of the lakes. Take plenty of snacks and water; you’ll need them!

The start is very casual and actually quite flat with a very gradual ascend into a beautiful valley. Mostly hiking through a forest, by a creek and through a campground at the 5k mark. At the 8 -10 k mark you start to get above the tree line and the views are incredible. Once you climb over the saddle at the top of the pass this is a definite wow moment. We didn’t descend completely into fish lake as there was no reason to, but had lunch above the ridge overlooking fish lake. I would rate this as moderate only due to the length. One gorgeous hike.

Awesome hike if you’re looking for something super scenic but are not the best hiker out there.

hiking
20 days ago

loved the larch meadows in fall.

We did this hike this morning, and not a lot of smoke at all. Great view from the top. Relatively steep at the beginning and very end, but otherwise, it’s not too difficult. Started the hike at 6:50AM, and got down at 10:40AM hiking at a moderate pace, and 20 minutes at the top. It was chilly, so I’d recommend bringing a warm coat and a hat!

backpacking
21 days ago

Awesome hike! The hike from the parking lot to the meadows is quite steep, but once you reach the meadows i'ts a pretty easy hike, with superior views. Don't forget to cross the stream halfway, there are three stone arrow markers on the trail, but I still missed them. Once you get to the overlook it will look like you're almost there. From there it's still quite a hike trough the forest to get to the lake.

I camped at the lake for one night, but should really have stayed for two nights. There is a narrow trail that you can take around the lake, which will get you to a spring and a cave. Be sure to go for a swim too!

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