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Great hike ideal for the whole family. There is nothing difficult on this trail and there are many benches and lookouts. The only downside is the price of the gondola, but then it saved the hike up so definitely a plus. The wildflowers are in full bloom it was incredibly beautiful.

11 switch backs to get to split for larch valley. Beautiful view of the 10 peaks. Then 6 more switch backs to sentinel pass. Cold and windy at the top but worth the views!

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rocky
scramble
snow
2 hours ago

Started at 8:30 and made it to one of the Castle almost-summits. 10 1/2 hour day. Absolutely epic views from on top. Snow at the top made it a bit challenging. The views of Rockbound Lake from the upper bowl are amazing. Makes me want to go back sometime and reach Helena Peak and Stuart’s Knob. The two hour hike out from Rockbound seems endless after a long day, but wow, what rewards at the top. If you don’t want to challenge the summit, climbing up to the bowl above Rockbound offers spectacular views and takes maybe an hour or so from the lake.

Great views in all directions. Start hiking before sunrise to avoid crowds. The trail is quite easy the whole way up except for a small steeper section near the top which had some slippery mud. Would recommend if you are looking to go a little further than the teahouse.

We couldn't complete the trail, there was a bear on the bridge.

hiking
3 hours ago

Excellent family hiking trail. Dog friendly.

A very rewarding hike! There was still some snow at the top, so if you intend to stay for a bit I would recommend a warm jacket. There also were a couple of spots where the trail would split and meet again, the paths on the right felt the safest. Beautiful 360 views at the peak, I would most definitely do it again :)

hiking
4 hours ago

Trail and mountain is wonderful. However it’s full of rude and inconsiderate tourists that don’t have respect for our nature. People not staying on the trail and damaging the mountain.

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muddy
rocky
5 hours ago

Great hike but was very bust from the parking lot to the upper Falls. Less ppl from the upper Falls to the ink pots as was beautiful there. Great place to have lunch with the river flowing a stones throw away.

hiking
5 hours ago

Beautiful hike along the river. Perfect short hike before an afternoon shift

Beautiful flowers and views without comparison. Be prepared for wind, though.

hiking
6 hours ago

This was a good hike but doing it made me realize I need to work on my endurance more. It took us an hour and a half to get to the tea house and I had to stop several times on the way. The climb is all uphill with few breaks. However it was beautiful and I enjoyed the way down which only took us an hour. The falls just before the tea house was beautiful. The weather was cool-perfect for hiking but when we stopped we got cold pretty quickly. I was happy to sit inside the tea house to warm up before descending.

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rocky
scramble
6 hours ago

Parking at Moraine Lake is limited, but you should be able to get a spot if you arrive at least an hour before sunrise. The sunrise at Moraine Lake is incredible to see! We enjoyed this hike a lot!

hiking
7 hours ago

Amazing trail. Definettly not for the faint of heart. But worth it when you get to the top!

hiking
8 hours ago

Multiple breathtaking views on this hike! It is definitely hard for beginner hikers. Mirror lake alone was worth the hike and an awesome spot to stop for lunch! We didn’t get to experience the Teahouse since the line was much too long. Pack plenty of water and snacks.

Did this from the Moraine Lake direction and that is the option I recommend. Moraine Lake first thing in the morning is spectacular. Be warned, in high season (mid July through August) the moraine lake parking lot fills by 5am, seriously. I would recommend getting the “early bird” shuttle from the overflow lot on rt1 about 5 KM south of Lake Louise and taking the Lake Louise shuttle back. Please note that even the overflow lot fills by like 7:30-8:00. The hike is just spectacular! The switchbacks up to Larch Valley are pleasant and offer filtered view of the surrounding peaks. The walk to Sentinel Pass through the alpine meadows is beautiful and the view of the head wall is like something out of the Lord of the Rings. The views from the top are just incredible, obviously ;) The scramble down the Paradise Valley side is intimidating but the route is marked by stacked stone cairns so just take your time and be sure you spot them. Once in Paradise Valley the hike to Giant Steps is a must do. Please note that the AllTrails map shows a “Horseshoe Lake” trail that appears to allow you to walk down the creek a bit for other views of the falls and then a loop back to the main trail. This is false. Parks Canada has closed the Horseshoe Lake trail for rehabilitation and it’s overgrown and completely impassible. From Giant Steps, the easiest route to Lake Louise is to go left at the Highline trail but if you are still feeling strong after dealing with Sentinel Pass you can take the Sheol Valley / Saddleback Pass trail to Lake Louise and get an amazing view of Temple Mountain. This option is about 16 miles and 5300 feet of elevation. It took me about 9 hours to do this with lots of rest & photography stops along the way.

Absolutely beautiful but GET THERE EARLY. We got there at about 6:45 AM and had plenty of parking to choose from. By the time we were heading out a couple hours later the parking lot was full and the shuttle services had started. Super easy trail that’s worth the visit with a cute little souvenir shop and breakfast joint. Sadly the secret trail is completely roped off.

We completed this trail yesterday. I wouldn’t call the trail hard just long. The trail condition were mostly dry with wet sections in the first 3 kilometres. There were a fair number of people of the trail but most people stopped at Helen Lake and didn’t continue to the peak. Most of the elevation gain happens beyond Helen Lake but the views are worth it! Will definitely be doing this again!

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off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
10 hours ago

Nice day, long day, got package of Helena Peak and Stuard Knob, great summit view, worth it. Distance 28.2km, total elevation gains 1863m, total time 11h16m. Start from Castle parking lot at 8:40, summit Helena about 1pm, summit Stuard Knob at 3pm, then return, back to parking lot at 8pm.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
17 hours ago

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