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.

Great hike. I have done it twice and have only encountered 3 others. Fantastic waterfalls and impressive plateau views. Highly recommend.

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muddy
2 days ago

beautiful trail, came in the back way through devils gap. backcountry spots were very nice and provided more than expected. saw a Grizzlie on shore across the lake in the LM22 spot roughly. also saw various birds, deer, a yellow snake and a pheasant or grouse, went quickly. I will be doing the full loop at some point as it was very beautiful and clean and a much nicer hike than the rocky devils gap section was. be respectful and pack out what you carry in. parks Canada has trail cams out and will most likely have you on cam.

Highly recommend! We went on a less than idea day (cloudy/misty) and it was still beautiful. The Larch Valley is peaceful and lovely. Would recommend continuing on to Sentinal Pass. It’s a steep scramble in some places, but the trail is good and its totally doable. I would not consider this a “difficult” trail—moderate with a small section that some would consider difficult. The view from Sentinal Pass was great! We stayed long enough for the clouds to roll off the mountain.

Short little walk, very busy.

Very windy and cold up there, make sure to have extra layers to put on when you reach the top! (Hiked it on September 15th).

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washed out
4 days ago

Great hike up to larch valley. Did not go as far as sentinel pass as time was restricted. Also, spent time around moraine lake.

Such a stunning hike, the colours of the lake & the larch trees are just so vivid. No photos can really do this walk justice, I highly recommend seeing for yourself

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muddy
rocky
4 days ago

My partner and I did this walk yesterday in the rain. We left around 1230 and got back at about 6 in the evening. The walk started off rather flat with a gradual climb then turned into more of a hiking trail. The views of lake Egypt from the top and the trees which had turned yellow were amazing. Despite the clouds and rain and cold weather this was an epic walk which we both loved. We’re not fit by any stretch of the imagination but we did it :) well worth it trust me. Even had some nice soup at the top.

The trail is approximately 23.5 km return from the Vista Viewpoint on Highway 93 with 1325 m elevation gain. It’s demanding but manageable because the ups are broken up by downs. The larches at Gibbon Pass were spectacular in their fall splendour. I met a couple with a big dog that wasn’t too happy about the length of the walk and all the climbing. I took 8 hours for this hike.

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a short little walk. Super easy and only takes a few minutes. There were lots of people but absolutely stunning.

Good kind of steep very nice at the valley giant clearing little water fall down a trail

I just did this hike a couple days ago! The scenery was amazing. The trees are changing colors! It's pretty much uphill the whole way there with lots of switchbacks. We stopped at the lakes and didn't do Sentinel Pass. I would say it's a moderately difficult hike for sure. It's cool and windy at the top, so wear lots of layers! It can get a bit slippery when wet.

Beautiful even on a cloudy day. Today (sept 15 2019) was the last day it was open for the season as Parks Canada is doing renovations.

This is the fastest and easiest way to hike in for Shadow Lake Lodge. After a good hike up the fire toad with great views of the river, there is a steep climb to the lodge over the last 2.5km. This can be a really long hike if you are carrying too much weight. Be sure and pack wisely!

This is a steep and short trail up to the pass. Make sure to visit Twin Lakes and Little Copperhead for even more majestic views.

Well worth the uphill climb! The larch trees are still changing color and make for a magical hike through the valley. The final switchbacks to Sentinel Pass are even more difficult but the view is spectacular from the top.

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muddy
5 days ago

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5 days ago

14 sep 19 on way to Rockbound Lake. Decent lake and in my opinion fairly easy hike to the lake. Saw very few people.

Great hike. Beautiful latch but I just wish it had been warm enough to sit by the water falls at the giant steps. It would be perfect on a hot day.

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snow
5 days ago

i’m a pretty avid hiker, started at 8 in the morning and finished at 4 with a lunch break and a few smaller ones. up to the first lake is mostly easy. after the next two, it gets a little tougher. but would still rate this trail as moderate. and there was some snow and freezing cold at the top (just a warning) in mid-september. excellent views all around, too. i loved it.

good challenging long hike with diverse terrains, maybe not worth it on a cloudy day as lake valley to the mount can be very foggy

The first 2.4 kms, leading up to the Eiffel Lake - Larch Valley fork, were Moderate + difficult: early elevation gain via wooded switchbacks. Turning right, into Larch Valley, the larches were about 65% turned to bright yellow, with just a touch of orange. The slope was more gradual through the Valley, call it mid-Mod, and at the end of the Valley there’s a great photo opp (boulder where a few hikers can stand for a group pic). Above this, the route up to Sentinel Pass is switchbacks above tree line, and the wind and light rain discouraged us from attempting the climb. From trailhead at Moraine Lake to the last of the Minnestimma Lakes took us @2 hours. From there back to trailhead—1.5 hours. As others have written, actively changing clothing layers improved the experience. Our poles were one reason why we made better time on our return trip. Good (not huge) reward for the effort—a worthwhile hike.

You’ll never see a lake quite like this ever!!! Definitely worth the extra drive time if it’s out of your way. So gorgeous and the small short hike getting there is easy and well groomed! It’s a must see!

I would say it's definitely a medium difficulty trail with a moderate switch back at the end... however is a beautiful hike during golden larch season!

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