Arnica Lake Trail

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Arnica Lake Trail is a 9.2 kilometer 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 birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.2 km
753 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers

3 months ago

Tried to hike to arnica lake this past weekend. Awesome views just past Vista lake as you go up the ridge on the opposite side, I didn't quite make it to the lake due to losing the trail and knee-high snow. I personally wouldn't do it again without snowshoes or until it's cleared out of snow a bit.

5 months ago

Great hike that is consistent up and down. There is a fairly long down section on the way to the hike but it is consistent. Might be sketchy if there was snow.

4 stars because the views are great, the crowds were low, the path was easy to follow.

7 months ago

The first section of the trail from the trailhead to the east end of Vista lake is fairly open with a steady descent. Once you get across the creek (wooden bridge) then you start a long climb up to Arnica Lake, the trail initially is reasonably wide but it becomes fairly narrow in some spots. It's a long and reasonably steep climb to the lake, but well worth the effort.

Mosquitos on the edge of the lake were terrible, be sure to bring bug spray if you plan to have lunch at Arnica.

8 months ago

July 22, 2017-the trail is narrow and runs along the mountain rounding down to the lake. There is a bridge to take you across the creek and the trails continues to climb up the mountain. We didn't go to the end of the trail and turned around at the half way point. We didn't see any people until heading down. Overall a nice quiet trail that is changeling due to the climb in elevation.

8 months ago

Hiked on June 29, 2017. A lot of up, with a ton of beautiful sights to take in almost the entire way to the lake! There is a small pond just before Arnica Lake that made for a nice spot to take a quick break and snap a few pictures. Arnica Lake is well worth the hike, however, I'd certainly recommend that you continue past Arnica Lake and either check out Twin Lakes, or stop at the top of the saddle and take a right all the way up to the base of Storm Mountain. A short, fairly easy scramble leads to incredible panoramic views of the area and makes for a great spot to have lunch. There was only small amounts of snow on the way to Arnica Lake and the trail was moderately trafficked.

10 months ago

A beautiful hike, would definitely do again and perhaps continue a bit further. We stopped at arnica lake after being advised that the further trail to twin lakes was very icy. Did this hike at the beginning of oct.2016 and there were a few snowy/muddy patches but nothing too bad. Would like to do it again a bit earlier but it's a great shoulder season hike in the fall as well.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great hike . Did it end of Oct and lots of snow and elk tracks .
Lake was frozen over and pristine gorgeous, awesome day . Will be back in the summer for sure.
After vista lake , it's uphill all the way with no flat parts until the lake with various inclines . A grind , but totally do-able .

Saturday, September 03, 2016

All around great hike. Steep and narrow inclines with roots and loose rock along the way. Several creeks and look outs along the way. There is some flat ground near arnica lake to have lunch.

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