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

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bridge out

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scramble

Are located on the side of the road.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

A very fun and challenging trail. Keep to the left once you get to the scramble to go up the rocks. Mainly just take your time on the scramble. Downloading the map and checking it frequently during the scramble up helped alot. Took us 8 hrs to go from the car to the summit and back. Spent about 45 minutes to an 1 hr on top. Once you get a reward of the view you dont want to go down right away.

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4 months ago

Loved this hike. Walking through the river at the beginning and end definitely ups the adventure rating of it. The first half of the hike was less challenging than the latter half but worth the view at the valley all on its own. The panoramic views at the summit were the cherry on top. Although it was quite the scramble to the top and the scree was a bit thinned out on the way down, I would highly recommend this hike. We took two hours to the valley, two more to the top, and about two on the way down. One of those hikes that you can kind of pick your intensity and still have a pretty high reward no matter what.

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4 months ago

Amazing hike. Not for those who aren’t sure about boulder scrambles and shale. The trail is not marked clearly so you need to look for the orange tape on the tree that is about 1/2 south of the parking lot just off the road. The trail is well worn until you get to the scramble portion. We did not find the trail even when using this app. We stayed to the furthest left of the boulders which gave us a great ridge walk to the top. We then descended on the right gullies closest to the top, which was quick.

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4 months ago

Great hike! River crossing wasn’t as intimidating as we had expected, very easy to see where to cross. Up to the pass is super easy, little elevation gain with a few river crossings (insignificant) We went up the left side, definitely not for the faint of heart, very hard. It is very steep climbing up and it was definitely exhausting. False peak is everything you should expect and getting to the summit past the false one is pretty easy! Definitely take the screw down, there are rock markers to show where to go. I would almost recommend climbing up the screw as well (right side).

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5 months ago

We hiked this trail on June 30th. It took us 6.5 hours round trip but we were unable to reach the very top of Bow Peak. If we gave ourselves about an extra hour we could have ascended and descended all the way to the top (see our recording). There were large areas of snow that we had to trek through. We didn’t bring gators so our shoes were soaked after going through the snow on our way up and down. If you’re thinking about scrambling to the top be prepared for a long slow trek through rocks the size of boulders to slippery scree (and everything in between). The views were good but not amazing. We enjoyed the hike but we won’t be coming back.

Mon Sep 17 2018

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

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Sun Sep 02 2018

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!

Sun Aug 26 2018

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

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Wed Aug 08 2018

Absolutely breathtaking at the top and a beautiful pass before the 'scramble'. Bring crocs or some sort of sandals for the river crossing, its only knee/thigh high but rocks are sharp. You can get to the peak by doing the rock approach which is very steep and hard but allows for a nice ridge-walk to the peak, or you can do the scrambling which is less steep but fairly difficult, lots of rocks. Helmet not required but if you have one, bring it, I almost got hit twice by irresponsible hikers above.

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Sun Aug 05 2018

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.

Fri Aug 03 2018

The best hike ever

Wed Aug 01 2018

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

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Sun Jul 29 2018

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!

Mon Jul 02 2018

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

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Sat May 05 2018

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