Consolation Lakes Trail [CLOSED]

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Banff National Park

Consolation Lakes Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 836 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to Avalanche terrain and Snow. The road to access the trailhead is closed as of 26-05-2020. Please check the web site for more information in the contact section.

hiking
1 day ago

Tried to hike today. June 3,2020. 9:40am Road to moraine lake is still closed. It has barricade and only special services can enter. Probably all trails starting point from Moraine lake is still closed. Ended up taking different trail.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this in late July/early August 2018. Beautiful trail with a great variety of views. The forest canopy that you walk through is very serene as you follow the river up to the lakes. Not crowded but we did end up teaming up with some hikers on the hike. You just have to be careful as they will sometimes put restrictions on trails (i.e. must be in groups of four or more, etc.) when the bears are active.

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snow
7 months ago

Well maintained trail, entirely packed snow, but bring microspikes. Trail is fairly flat. Easy hike! In and out in 1.5 hours with time for pictures and a snack.

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rocky
snow
7 months ago

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rocky
snow
7 months ago

More like 4 miles. Mixed terrain. Would make sure you have hiking boots with some grab. We walked this is snow so different setting than most but it is a fairly established path. It’s downhill on the way back but if you want to get a great shot of the lake you have to be prepared to climb or make your way on large rocks. Worth the stop!

hiking
7 months ago

Badass hike. Snowed 7” and we were the only ones out there, besides Hans and some other Swedish meatballs. Good solid hike.

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snow
7 months ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
8 months ago

Very easy trail I walked this in the snow, only half a dozen people are on the trail. The beginning of the trail takes you along a small rock path that leads onto a area where rocks have fallen. Once you clear the rocks, the path takes you through a forest with a small river running below. The tail then opens up to where you will see boulders and the lake. The boulders can be slippery

hiking
8 months ago

Eine sehr schöne und ruhige Wanderung. Der Wald ist wunderschön und hat viele Pilze, die ich noch nie gesehen habe. An manchen Stellen im Wald kann man zum Flussbett gelangen, wo man überhaupt keinen Menschen begegnet. Obwohl diese Wanderunggnur von wenigen gemacht wurde, muss man ziemlich früh losfahren für einen Parkplatz.

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

An incredible hike to get away from the crowds at Moraine Lake. This hike took us 1hr 30min (round trip). The lake itself is stunning and the trail is well maintained with a few muddy sections.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this hike over labor day a few weeks ago. I LOVED this hike. It was really easy until the rock scramble - great after multiple days of other hard hikes. We were sore and wanted something easy but rewarding. Consolation lakes was perfect. We actually hiked past the first lake to the 2nd lake. The rock scramble was time consuming, but SO worth it. We had the 2nd lake all to ourselves and it was beautiful. It is hard to find that peace and quiet during season in the front country. Highly recommend.

8 months ago

Very easy trail. It was rainy and muddy, but the brisk walk through the forest, along a rushing river, ending at Consolation Lake was the perfect mid afternoon walk at the outset of our Banff trip. - we arrived at 1:30 and left at 4:00. Warning: it is very crowded at both Lake Louise and Lake Moraine parking lots

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Wonderful hike — pretty lightly trafficked, especially compared to the Rockpile. Once you get to the end, do a little bit of rock scramble so that you can see the peaks behind you. Great option after doing a killer hike the day before.

hiking
8 months ago

Rockpile plus Consolation Lake. Lucked out on parking at 8 am. Decent trail, few views heading to Consolation. Glacier and Mountain View’s at the lake. Quite crowded. Achievable for most people.

hiking
8 months ago

Fairy forest with mushrooms and moss everywhere

hiking
9 months ago

Easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice and easy trail. Gets a little rocky at some pints but overall a good walk. Signs recommend traveling in groups of four due to bear activity but there was enough traffic that we felt comfortable in two. Great views when you get to the lakes.

hiking
9 months ago

Short and sweet hike. Easy by most standards. Rocks were slippery because of the rain hence avoided going to the second lake. The forest floor covered with moss and mushrooms was beautiful :)

hiking
9 months ago

Left from Moraine Lake. First short part is over moderately sized boulders. Most of the trail is uphill, although grade is not too steep. Last short portion is gradual slope down to very large boulder field containing huge boulders. Because of the size of the boulders, we never did reach the lake. Nonetheless, it’s was a wonderful view of the lake and surrounding mountains with flowering cotton grass fields. Not a difficult trail, especially for a party of 70 year olds.

hiking
9 months ago

We did this trail as a guided hike while staying at Lake Moraine lodge. May was our tour guide and did an outstanding job talking to us through tour the hike describing the wildlife, plants, and habitat. Today Bear 142 and it’s cubs were in the area. A great hike to the end but you should be in groups of 4 or more. Rocky to start but generally easy.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy and peaceful trail. Climbing on the boulders at the end was fun also. Great stopping spot for a snack/picnic.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy trail compared to the others around it.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail allows dogs, however, there are many parts where there are big boulders, specifically at the end. My dog struggled in these areas and without going through you will not be able to see the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike was on the easier side, but it was beautiful. We went on a day where it was cooler and rainy, so there were very few people on the trail with us. A nice little thing to do once you go see Moraine Lake! Took us about 3 hours in total and we stopped for lunch at the end.

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