Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

Did a 3 day backpack here last year and it was amazing. Probably the best multi day I’ve done thus far. Very tough. Very rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail! Did with a doggo who also enjoyed it. No signs for Boom lake if you’re coming from Radium way, look out for the turning! Did with cleats on but would probably be fine without. Nice opening at the end where the snowy frozen lake is, would be pretty sweet in the summertime!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice canyon , lots of people limited parking

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful pit stop that could be very easily overlooked! A short walk down the hill gets you to the canyon with gorgeous falls. You could make this a 30 minute stop, or carry on exploring the trails along the river.

cross country skiing
2 months ago

We took our XC skis out February 21 and there was plenty of snow. Beautiful hike in the trees until we got to the lake where it opens up to Mountain View’s. Great trail we will come again.

hiking
7 months ago

A well maintained trail. Beautiful forested hike. The lake itself is huge and crystal clear. Very few people on this trail today making for some wonderful private views of the lake. There’s a great spot just past the rock pile that acts as a “point” and offers a panoramic view of this lake. You can really take in the grandeur of the surrounding mountains from here. A little clearing offered the perfect spot to eat lunch and play dice. Grab a coffee at Storm mountain lodge by their fireplace before your drive back to Banff or Calgary as well.

hiking
7 months ago

Effort to reward ratio is 1:3. Great easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Walk was mostly on unmarked trail through high grass and new growth, wouldn't recommend it for a hike as it's a cross country ski trail

8 months ago

I cross country skied this trail and it is amazing. It turned dark and there was a clear sky with a full moon. As we skied across the mountain it opened up to an ice covered lake. With big fluffy snow flakes falling. It was cool but not cold as we had just finished a great workout by skiing in. We sat down and enjoyed Red delicious apples before heading back on the trail to ski out. The trail in was beautiful lined with tall Spruce and Douglas Fir and Blue Spruce all covered in white sparkly snow that glistened like diamonds. The trail goes up and down nothing too steep with long stretches of scenic beauty. ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for beginners with an amazing pay off. Boom lake is stunning!

hiking
8 months ago

Very I've trail of your looking for something easy! The Lake view is very beautiful! My friend and I came across a Grizzly so that was definitely the scare lol but you should always be prepared!!

A bit boring hike as it goes through woods almost all the time.
But it's easy going and a good start for a hiking holiday in the mountains. The view onto the lake at the end of the hike, however, is stunning.

The hike is stunning with beautiful views despite a rain-filled second day that led us to hike from Baker Lake towards Skoki Lodge and then back to the parking lot all in one day. The only downside is that we lost our GPS Rhino radio along the trail somewhere between Deception Pass and the Fish Creek parking lot. If anyone finds it please comment as we'd really like it back. Many thanks in advance!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing lake! Calm water, really cold but people jumped in quick. Totally worth visit, not a overly busy trail for being a holiday Monday.

mountain biking
8 months ago

went from Banff to Canmore and back to Banff

mountain biking
8 months ago

Nice biking trail

Beautiful route with steep mountain passes, pretty alpine meadows, glaciers & crystal clear lakes. We hiked the loop over two days in a clockwise direction, camping overnight at Merlin Meadows; 16km on day one, 21km on day two. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyed this one, would like to venture back and go farther next time.

Beautiful waters beautiful rocks beautiful mountain views on this easy hike off the Icefields Parkway. Love this!

Quick hike off the main road - beautiful views of the canyon and the Rockies.

backpacking
9 months ago

Hiked the trail with my 8 year old son. Spent first night at Baker Lake and second night at Merlin Meadows. All around great experience, lots of wildflowers, amazing alpine valleys and lakes. Challenging but doable for most.

hiking
9 months ago

Good, easy hike with great payoff.

hiking
9 months ago

The lake is splendid !

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

This short jaunt off the ice fields parkway is worth a quick stop. You hike downhill to a bridge and canyons filled with gushing water. Many people hike off trail to get a closer look. Only downside is the walk uphill to the parking lot.

10 months ago

Amazing views, alpine lakes, snow capped peaks. Loved the Skoki Loop and little side trip to Skoki Lakes (Zigadenus and Myostosis). We stayed two nights at Baker Lake and day hiked the loop. Only downside to the trail is the first 4km, which are on a gravel access road... otherwise a fantastic trail and backpacking circuit!

Perfect short hike ( took us 3 hours) with a beautiful view. Great easy hike to start the season off!

hiking
11 months ago

Deep snow and wet. Was fun walk.

on Boom Lake Trail

hiking
11 months ago

We did this one few times. This time we did it with toddler (in carrier). It was muddy, very wet and still lots of deep snow at the end. But it was worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice hike. Reaching Boom Lake was worth it! However we were not prepared for so much snow. 90% of hike was snow covered. Melting snow and mud. We even fell through waist deep snow many times. Will definitely come back when it dries up but doesn't look like it will be for a while.

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