Bow Peak Trail

HARD 13 reviews

Bow Peak Trail is a 12.1 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
12.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,055 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

scramble

Side of the road.

29 days ago

loved this hike with the hubby great day out in the mountains we'll be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, good wildlife, and hardly anyone else on the trail! The trailhead was easier to find than anticipated. Good directions given above and in the comments: watch for a small pile of rocks with rusted iron chain by the road, and small piece of flagging on a tree. (We didn’t see the hubcap described.) Crossing the river/lake edge was about knee-deep water, hiking poles and sandals were useful but not necessary at that depth. The trail to Crowsfoot Pass is easy to follow. We didn’t go all the way to Bow Peak, others said that the conditions were quite slippery. We saw lots of marmots, pika, and grouse, the tail-end of wildflower season, and super views. Highly recommended!

1 month ago

One of the best hikes of the year. Very misty and Smokey but that didn’t ruin the day. Trail head was easy to locate and from there it was easy going. The river crossing was not a problem and only up to our knees. I’d rate this as a moderate hike at best with an easy but very long scramble on large boulders. Take the shale route down. My phone died on the way down hence the incomplete recording

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular view at the summit overlooking Hector Lake and Bow Lake. If you're following the map on this app I took the scrambling on the left side going up to the peak and did some scree going down.

2 months ago

The best hike ever

2 months ago

Gear hike incredible views!!! Definitely a lot bang for your efforts, short easy scramble.

hiking
2 months ago

Tough hike but well worth the effort! Start by driving from Banff Town to the Crowfoot Glacier lookout. Turn back and drive 0.9km to a gravel pullout on the side of the road. Continue walking toward Banff 230 steps to a culvert and then another 140 steps to the beginning of the trail on your right. You should see some dark rocks in the cliff across the road. After a km you get to the stream which was still freezing in July. Tough to cross barefoot but manageable if you take your time - but I would recommend you bring sandals for this part! The hike through the forest has some amazing views and up in the mountain we saw a lot of marmots. We attempted the boulder field rather than going around the summit on the right which was a mistake - too treacherous especially with all of the snow and wind we encountered! We turned back for a difficult scramble down the boulders and vowed to return someday with gloves, sandals, and helmets as well as the good sense to go around the boulders. The current in the stream is stronger on the way back but the descent was otherwise uneventful. We will definitely be back!

3 months ago

Did on July 1 2018. Great glacier and lake views. Must cross shin to knee deep river right at the beginning that by the end of the day on the way back is a little deeper with more vigorous current

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike.... Very hard climb up the face to the top. Some fairly big boulders. If you stay climbers right it is easier up and then down a scree slope rather then the boulder field.

hiking
3 months ago

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Monday, September 04, 2017

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Monday, September 04, 2017