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Arnica Lake Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 2,470 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

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This is a hike with steep ups and downs and turns into switchbacks. Most of the elevation gain is done through switchbacks. There are multiple creeks and waterfalls. The views are beautiful and make sure to enjoy the calmness at Arnica Lake.

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Patrick Fisher
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Hiking

A little muddy at the beginning and a lot steeper than you would think. Beautiful views.

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Jason J
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July 4, 2020- short but steep trail which includes two nice lakes. Was quite muddy on the lower section of the trail. The last section up to Arnica was a lil grind, and the climb out past Vista is enough to get ya sweating again. Took 3:20 round trip with breaks and lunch at the lake.

Ashley Anne
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Hiking

Nice hike overall, the two lakes were beautiful and there were some other good mountain views. I recommend going very early. We went July 4 (Sunday) and started at 8:50. We saw almost no one on the way up, but loads of people on the way back down. The trail is often really narrow, so passing can be a tight squeeze. When we got to the parking lot again at 1:40, there were cars waiting in line for a spot. Took us 2 hours and 5 minutes to get to the top, at a slow and steady pace, including breaks.

Janelle Shields
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HikingMuddy

Great hike - some muddy spots due to all the rain we’ve had this week but not bad. Sub alpine the whole way so the bit of rain there was wasn’t an issue for us.

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Scott Medynski
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Hiking

The conditions were fantastic June 28, 2020 Trail was easily followed, and mostly mud free even after the rainfall. There is ZERO Cell coverage in this area, not even at the trailhead parking lot. So download your maps and/or take screenshots! There is an AMAZING panoramic view at the top of this hike. Can’t wait to do this one again.

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Kayla D.
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HikingMuddy

Most of the trail is a moderate hike; the way back up is quite brutal but it’s very pretty and worth the effort. Went in the fall and the larches were stunning.

Ian Griffin
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HikingSnow

I hiked this trail today on 2020-06-19. The trail was mostly clear with only two small muddy sections up to about 600 metres from Arnica Lake. At 600 metres from Arnica Lake snow was starting to appear. Only about 3-6” until 200 metres from the lake. Then at 200 metres from The lake it’s 1-2 feet thick. Fine without gaiters or micro spikes but they would be helpful. The lake is 1/3 thawed and 2/3 frozen. See my uploaded pictures for an idea of what you’re in for. I did see an old bear footprint (maybe 2-5 days old) but I wasn’t concerned because I ran into 4 other people on the trail.

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Francesca Williams
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HikingMuddySnow

Awesome hike with incredible views of Storm Mountain and Castle Mountain in particular. Sub-alpine the whole route. It took the 2 of us 5.5 hours round trip not including breaks. We were super glad to have our snowshoes at the top as it's still covered around the lake. No signs of bear activity (we saw 2 bald eagles though!).

Cat Los
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HikingSnow

Two of us hiked to Arnica June 2nd. Clear most of the way, but the last few kilometers were covered with snow. We lots of wildlife, tons of bear tracks, and a fresh kill from a larger carnivorous predator. We turned around after some big fresh bear marks in deep snow about 7.5km in. We will be revisiting when the trail is passable.

Devon Coates
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Great trail, we couldn’t get all the way to the lake. The last quarter has snow. Approx a couple feet deep. But everything prior is clear of snow. Some water running down the trail. Great trail otherwise.

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Shilo Sterk
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IcySnow

The first part was gorgeous and a clear pathway. As you go up to go to the next lake, there is too much snow to pass through at the moment. Also a ton of baby bear tracks everywhere. Will come back once the snow has melted.

Victoria Miller
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Hiking

Went to the trailhead today to do this hike, but it was quite snow covered. Wouldn’t recommend going just yet! Ignore my rating :)

Ryan Quinn
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HikingSnow

Good day out, hard packed snow icy sections .... tried to get to twin lakes but post-holeing for 2km wasn’t appealing Will return in summer

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Melissa Brown
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HikingMuddySnow
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Melissa Brown
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HikingMuddySnow

This is a mountain be warned

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Tina Kolish-Slapa
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HikingSnow

This trail was great! well what we could see! quite a bit of snow. Ice cleats were very useful. FYI, should be noted that trail head starts AFTER the sign saying you need snow tires or chains.

Brittany Hodges
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HikingMuddySnow

Steep downhill for the first km to a very scenic lake. Then 4K uphill to the second lake, also quite nice. The views on the way up were stunning, worth the elevation. Quite snowy and muddy.

Dana Brown
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HikingSnow
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Kallista Hahn
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked on October 5th. The views are so amazing at the top lake. Started to get snowy and slippery about 2 thirds of the way up. Larches were still yellow but dropped about half of their needles.

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Jaydon Zimmerman
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