Explore the most popular lake 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.

Sentinel is not reachable. We hiked through several feet of snow for 90 minutes before turning back. Still can reach Larch Valley and the views are quite nice.

hiking
16 hours ago

Although there is still ice on Lake Agnes the views from the Tea House are quite nice. Highly recommend continuing on to the Little Beehive hike.

May 25, 2018. Still a lot of snow and the tea house isn’t open yet. The tourism office is not recommending the hike currently but we were prepared and cautious, great hike!

Amazing hike! Some really steep elevation gains near the beginning. As you go up you can see glimpses of Lake Louise, which is stunning! There was quite a bit of snow at Mirror Lake, but it was absolutely beautiful! We didn’t make it to the top to see Lake Agnes but would definitely come back and do it again!

hiking
1 day ago

So rewarding

hiking
2 days ago

Still covered with a bit of ice, the lake was still beautiful.

Great views of Minnewanka for majority of the hike - it's at lot of kms but not technically hard. We did it in about 7 hours with a long break.. trail was in good condition, had to "move" the big horn sheep off the trail with loud noises.. no berrys or signs of bears yet....

Fairly easy trail and worth the effort for the view at the end

hiking
6 days ago

Went there yesterday on May Long and overall a nice trail with gradual climb at the beginning, but still quite muddy and about half way in there began to have a good amount of snow. People walked out a slightly hard packed snow path but it is easy to step an inch or two off the path and get yourself into some knee deep snow so be prepared to bring extra socks because they will likely get wet on your way in & out.

May 18, 2018, after lake agnes tea house trail is covered under the snow. And lake louise, mirror lake and agnes lake are still covered in ice. Maybe it would be better to go there couple weeks later

hiking
6 days ago

May 18, 2018 mud and snow with a little dry spots. I would recommend to get some grip-ons, just to make it safer. However, my friends were in skateboard sneakers and they have completed the trail.

Amazing views, pictures could never do it justice.

19th may : road to Moraine Lake closed. Departure of the trail since Louise lake.

No snow no mud. The lookout was beautiful. It was relatively an easy.

walking
8 days ago

Walked this trail several times in different seasons. Last time the lake was frozen.
Always a beautiful walk!

hiking
9 days ago

5/17 would recommend crampons. Great hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Very easy hike on a nice, well maintained trail. Lake Louise is absolutely phenomenal with epic views of the mountains surrounding.

Awesome, I do it all the time

14 days ago

Closed until 2018-06-29.

Our fav hike with 2 kids (9 and 11), slippery after mirror lake.

Really beautiful lake. Came during the 2nd week of May and the lake was still partially frozen for a very unique view. I heard it gets extremely crowded during the summer & early fall. But today it wasn’t too crowded. Didn’t do the trail. Just hung out on the rocky beach. Gorgeous.

hiking
17 days ago

Very crowd of the tea house but worth to go for the nice view.

This trail is a must if you are in the area. One of the best I have ever done

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked 5/1/18. Easy trail. Your mom could do it. It’s all hard packed snow so it’s a little slipping and sliding but there’s no elevation at all. The view from the other end and along the way is worth it only because the trail is so short

Amazing view on the top!
However lots of switch backs and you dont have views for first couple hours.

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.

It’s safe to say that all lakes in Banff/Yoho have mountains associated with them. But the mountains that surround Lake O’Hara take it to a whole new level. The lake is surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains on three sides. Even better, these three mountains have a trail that is continuous across all of them. This alpine circuit for hikers is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s well marked and above the treeline, so the views are exceptional. Above all, because only a handful of people can reserve either lodging or camping, it can feel like you are the only people there with the circuit all to yourself. Difficult to get to because of restricted access but well worth the effort of calling 3 months in advance so you can be one of the few with accommodations and thus access to this hiking playground.

First of all, I love Lake O’Hara. Been lucky enough to camp there several times. Seemed staying at the Hut was the next common sense thing to do. There’s something really neat about staying a night in the 2nd highest permanent structure in Canada and to also look at the Victoria Glacier for once from its side rather that the hundred or so times from the shoreline (which I’d easily do another 100 more times). The hike from Lake O’Hara is straight forward - I like going the wiwaxy gap route to Lake Oesa. But from Oesa to the hut, it’s 100% scree. If you’ve never had to tackle scree, you’re in for a real treat. Essentially it’s similar to going 2 steps up and sliding 1-1 1/2 feet down. It’s mentally and physically exhausting (read reviews on Mt Rundle). But if you’re a hiker, you’ll persevere and enjoy one of the more unique experiences in the Rockies. And it was here where I found I had an equally amount of love for scree as hate. If you dare, when going down scree, you can take big steps (even giant leaps) and let the heel of your boot dig into the scree. It was so cushiony and fun and only took 30min to descend to Lake Oesa.
I also have to mention that the outhouse has two small windows so you can still take in the view whether you are ‘standing or sitting’. Just brilliant.

hiking
27 days ago

This hike is AWESOME! It shouldn’t be this easy to bag an 11,000+ ft summit. I mean, it’s not “easy” but aside from the step, there is hardly any scrambling. The 360° views of the Lake Louise valley are simply breathtaking, views that are usually reserved for condors and light aircraft. But I’d strongly advise anyone to read Parks Canada’s brochure on hiking Mt Temple. Follow the route markers, stay on the trail and you’ll have a glorious day.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice ride, not a good idea for beginners. I’ve done this trail 3 times & would do it again! A lot of ups & downs, a couple water crossings. You can take the old transcanada highway back from Ross lake to make it a loop. The trailhead can be tricky to find as it starts off as a horse trail(very muddy and gross) behind the Lake Louise fairmont.
Enjoy!

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