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Boom Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,781 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

23 May 2020: Looks like it’ll be a great (and easy) hike eventually, but trying it today we turned back after 45 minutes. Ice was slushy enough to sink past the ankles, but not hard packed enough for crampons. There are parts were it was clear of snow and simply muddy, so I’m not so sure how effective snowshoes would have been. Couple with meltwater streams and the steady rain, we decided to call it a day. Will definitely try again once the snow and ice has cleared away properly.

hiking
14 days ago

It was nice. Easy hike BUT don’t go yet till all the snow totally melted.

hiking
snow
25 days ago

Nice steady incline getting to a great view of Boom Lake. Hiked on April 30 and it was still very snowy, would be better with snow shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail in summer of 2018. Smoky due to wildfires, but incredible nonetheless. Great hike that lasts a few hours. Most of the hike is through thick beautiful forest and then opens up when you get to Boom Lake. Very large lake with plenty of space to walk around and spend some relaxing time.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail!! It’s like walking in a winter wonderland at the moment, a lot of powder and snow in the trees. Be careful if you have two wheel drive on your vehicle I got stuck in the parking lot, but I got lucky and two very kind people helped me dig my car out.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Hiked 3/1/2020 - only boots necessary, poles can be helpful in spots, hard packed down snow. Get out early to avoid crowds

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Trail was very easy for us to follow, hard-packed the whole way with a small amount of new snow. We went without spikes, with poles, and it was fine. No views until the end when the trail opened up at the lake, although the forest is pretty (hence the medium rating). It wasn’t very steep, felt like a consistent grade the whole way (first little bit was steeper). Reminder to please keep your dog on a leash!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Snowshoes not necessary. Trail is hard packed. We had spikes which were nice to have but probably not necessary. No views until the end. Took us 2 hours round trip with some light jogging on the way down. Elevation doesn’t feel like 500-600m. Pretty gradual grade, so didn’t feel challenging.

hiking
3 months ago

Forested with mountains popping out here and there. At the end beautiful lake and mountains surrounding. Would be nicer in the morning because the sun would hit the mountains! Well packed trail, no snowshoes needed.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Trail is in really good shape, hard pack snow. Don’t need snowshoes until you get to the lake and off the main path.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

2.5 hours. Gorgeous views.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy 2.5 hr hike with great views! We used spikes and the trail was well packed, but the snow is deep on either side and would be great for a snow shoe.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

We hiked with micro-spikes. The trail was hard packed. Fantastic conditions. Beautiful scenery

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
3 months ago

We went snowshoeing today and it was awesome! Tons of snow

hiking
snow
4 months ago

So. Much. Snow!!!! Bring snowshoes or cross country skis, it’s well worth doing.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

First winter hike and it was great! The lake was lovely and the trees were beautiful. Took us about 3 hours and was able to catch a glimpse of the sunset on the way back!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Great snowshoeing trail, only took us 3 hours. Trail already carved out to easy to do. Designed for all levels

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Nice and enjoyable trail. Compact snow till the lake. Lake completely frozen but gorgeous view. Two hours till the lake and one hr back to the car park.

6 months ago

A great hike in any season. Pretty easy . Just be prepared for this trail to be fairly wet most of the year.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Excellent medium length day hike! I chanced it and only wore basic hiking boots and I was comfortable the whole time. I was happily surprised to find that the lake hadn't frozen yet! I'll definitely be back again in the summer

hiking
7 months ago

The trail was snow covered, grip ons essential. Beautiful forested walk with stunning lake views at the end.

hiking
7 months ago

Lake was a boom, trail was a bit of a bust. We were recommended this hike by many, but found it very easy with sub par views as the trail is in the forest the whole time. The lake is stunning, but other mountain lakes are as well, with far more interesting approaches.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful trail. very little mud due to temp drops at night freezing the ground. the frozen boot marks and rocks provided plenty of traction. 1hr 45 out to the lake. 1hr return. not too strenuous for relatively fit individuals. lake was beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a good trail for the entire family. A bit muddy in spots but worth the effort when you arrive at the lake.

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