Explore the most popular rock climbing 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
26 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.

best hike in the Rockies! I've summited 3 times. the glacier lakes, beautiful meadow, and stunning view from 12000ft is unbeatable. plan for it usually 1st 3 weeks in august, has to be sunny. even if you're unable to summit because of weather you can usually get to sentinel pass, still a worthwhile hike

hiking
1 month ago

It's amazing, do it! But go prepare with the description for the scramble. We didn't know about it and met some folk at sentinel pass going up, so we tagged along. They didn't really know where they were going so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. I'll try it again next time, but I'll be the one with the direction!

5 months ago

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

hiking
7 months ago

I have to go back to this one as it kicked my ass so hard. But even though I didn't reach the summit, easily some of the most breath taking views.

*NOT DOG FRIENDLY*

This was my absolute favorite hike ever. Honestly I struggle to find the words for how breathtaking the summit truly is.

Get to the parking lot early. I’m talking before 6 AM because it fills up extremely fast. The trailhead had quite a few people on it first thing in the morning but was thinned out by the time I reached The Valley of 10 Peaks. I passed quite a few people on my way to the summit. Many parties turned around after the initial pass for whatever reasons.

This summit is no joke. In the middle of August there was serious snow and ice for most of my ascent. Totally worth every breath.

hiking
7 months ago

hard hard hard ... had snow and ice ... but awesome!!

Great to take someone who aren't entirely sure of their fitness, with a good mix of steeper ascensions with a short flater spots so we can keep going for longer periods.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous trail. I could hike this trail all the time and not get tired of it. It was a bit icy and snowy when we did it (late Sept) but still fine with good hiking boots. We were going to go beyond the lake to Cirque Peak but the weather shifted when we got to the lake and started to snow so we headed back down. Still entirely worthwhile to just go to the lake. Beautiful scenery the whole way. Normally I prefer loop trails but this was so pretty I don't mind the out and back route. Easy amount of effort for the views on this trail. It's a new favourite.

hiking
8 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Ice-fields parkway. Easy hike to Helen Lake then a moderate hike to the above ridge. Incredible views. We went a step further today and did Cirque Peak, in 2 feet of snow. What an I incredible experience. Harder yes, but definitely worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful day, top of cirque the Hoary Marmot was chirping us non stop! Next time up the Dolomite ridge.

Very nice trail with some quite steep climbs.

8 months ago

Definitely the most difficult hike I've ever done, but well worth it! Near the top it gets pretty tiring, especially for someone like me who was at sea level a few days before my hike. I would highly recommend walking sticks, as the hike back down is pretty difficult without them (I learned the hard way). Don't miss this hike if you're in Banff! Also, one thing to note: the description for this trail says that it is dog friendly, which is true up until you get to sentinel pass. After that, there's no way you're getting a dog up the mountain. There isn't a we'll defined trail and you have to do a bit of rock climbing at certain points.

hiking
8 months ago

A strenuous but fantastic hike. I would say about 90 % scrambling. The view is incredible.

trail running
8 months ago

Truly incredible views at the top.. one of the hardest trails I've ever done! First 4km are pretty easy.. then it's a scramble and super steep to reach the summit.. a bit hard to follow the yellow ribbons and the cairns , some sections of climbing up boulders

Completely worth it at the top!

hiking
9 months ago

The hardest hike I have done this year. Gentle start through Larch Valley, climb the switch backs to Sentinel Pass. Then the real climb begins, not too technical. the crux wasn't bad to get past. 11,000 feet at the summit and my legs felt it. Hard workout on the quads coming down. Views at the top were amazing even with the wildfire smoke in the area. Busy trail (probably 20-30 people at the summit on the day we climbed).

On emprunte d'abord le sentier de la vallée Larch, puis le col du sentinel. Ces deux sentiers sont tout à fait accessibles (deux bonnes montées cependant). Ensuite, il n'y a plus vraiment de sentier, très peu de balises et la montée du Mont Temple est difficile. Elle se fait dans des roches, peu stables (attention aux chutes de pierres). Il faut être bien préparés pour l'ascension. On a fait les 3/4 de la randonnée car ensuite c'est de l'escalade. On a du arrêter l'ascension car nous avons grimpés avec notre chien et il avait oublier son casque, donc pas d'escalade pour lui. On est redescendu par le "sentier" le plus à droite de la carte. La vue est magnifique tout le long!!

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass are the perfect warm up before to start Mount Temple.
Be ready for loose rocks! The crux is the most technical part but being two people is very helpful.
The view at the summit is the best I had after spending 10 days hiking in the region. We made it in 8hours round trip (3:30 to the top) with two food breaks and tons of pictures break!

Long and constant climb but totally worth it! Always stick left when going up. Look for the yellow/red tape and cairns. My best advice, when you get to the chimney section take the tight one on the left instead of the blue/yellow alpine marker on the right. Poles and helmets will go a long way! Took us 10 hours round trip with close to an hour on the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

Anyone is interested to do this hike on September 2nd, 2017 first time in the morning (6:30/700 am) ?
I'll be alone doing this hike and need 3 more hikers...
Thanks :)
Maryy.giardina@gmail.com

hiking
10 months ago

This is my favorite hike in the Rockies! It only takes about an hour before you reach the meadow and the spectacular views. There's some steep sections but nothing too difficult. Once you reach the lake you're going to want to climb the headwall. It only takes about half hour or so and the panoramic views are simply amazing! It took me about 4 hours return which made for a great day hike. I'd definitely recommend this hike.

10 months ago

Lots of climbing.

Was tying for Dolomite Pass and Cirque peak but a thunder storm rolled in, so only made it to Helen Lake. Small section of Avalanche debris on the way up, otherwise trail is in great condition

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail although there an avalanche went across one portion leaving some snow and fallen trees that partially block the trail. Cirque peak is well worth the additional effort from the lake but it is steep and very loose rock.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

This is an amazing hike. Did it last weekend. Helen lake itself is still frozen. The final 1 km trail to the lake is through sugary snow, as expected from Spring weather in the mountain. The view from the meadows are very rewarding. As people said, there are lots of wildflower already. But be prepared for some muddy hike followed by melting icy conditions. Definitely one of the best hike from Icefield Parkway

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, snow for the final 1.5km through the meadow. Lots of wildflowers already.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this on Thursday June 8 2017. Got to the alpine level but was a foot deep of snow. Turned back as could not make out the trail. Also, there was an avalanche in the winter which will require you to navigate through tress at the 2.5 km mark. Was ok due to lots of packed snow allowing you to walk on. Suspect it will be a bit more tricky when the snow melts as well as a bit more movement from all the broken trees. For sure made it an unique trail to tackle

11 months ago

highly recommend continuing up summit for spectacular views.

Friday, May 26, 2017

One of the best hike so far .. start early to be on summit by 2 to 3 pm. Follow defined path of alpine signs. Amazing view from top, worth to spend energy and effort!

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