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Eiffel Lake Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,870 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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2 days ago

We went July 2 and it was snowing. Huge snow pile blocking the last stretch of trail too. Would be nice views if visibility was clearer

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snow
4 days ago

Beautiful open views of the valley of ten peaks to your left all the way along trail from the Eiffel lake/larch valley junction. There was still snow at the last little bit so I had to turn around before I got to the lake. The view of the valley is still worth it! We went yesterday (Monday) so the trail was very quiet, which made us a bit nervous about bears. A grizzly mother and her cub were feeding on ground squirrels right beside the Chateau at Lake Louise the day before!

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7 days ago

Great views, moderately strenuous hike. Snow blocking last short leg to lake. Lots of marmots

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snow
11 days ago

Huge snow slide blocking the trail just before the lake ( About 6m high and 400m long) . Beautiful view of the Valley of The Ten Peaks.

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28 days ago

Sunny. July, 2018.

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snow
8 months ago

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snow
8 months ago

trail is broken through the snow except the final descent to the lake, the lake is frozen and snow covered

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snow
8 months ago

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snow
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Trail is a good moderate climb until the Larch Valley Junction. From there until Eiffel Lake there is little incline. The trail is narrow with roots and rocks to step over. Once you clear the tree line the trail becomes narrow with loose rocks. We went only as far as the rock fall at the end of the lake as we didn’t want to scramble up the trail. The view along the face of the Ten Peaks was great with the bonus of the Larch trees turning colour. We will do it again and hope for clear skies to see the full splendour of the Valley of the Ten Peaks close up.

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muddy
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Arrived at about 6:00am and no parking left but we were able to park about 2.2 kms away from lake. Did a short but beautiful walk along the lake while the sun was rising and then doubled back to do Eiffel lake. Ended up going all the way to wenkchimna pass which overall was 24 kms. What a spectacular day enjoying the stunning scenery!

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10 months ago

Hiked from parking lot to Eiffel Lake (all the way to the water). Great views of Lake Morraine. 4 miles, 2 hours to lake. Brought our dog and he did awesome, no problem.

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10 months ago

Aucun point de vue sur le lac moraine ... nous sommes arrivés au lac à 5h du matin pour avoir une place de parking mais la randonnée étant constamment dans les sapins nous avons raté le levé de soleil sur le lac. Décevant.

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10 months ago

I was slightly disappointed with this hike. There were pretty nice views to the peaks. First part is zigzag climb. But after trail splits, this part just flat and easy. There is no access to the lake, unless you want to scramble, but it’s not worth. It’s around 1h till pass, not difficult and probably would give you nice view. In general, it’s pretty short nice hike.

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10 months ago

Decent hike. Most of the elevation comes at the beginning. Recommend following the end of trail around to the far west/NW side of the lake and hanging out on the rocks. Tons of pikas and marmots running around.

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11 months ago

Completed this hike after watching the sunrise at Moraine. I agree with previous reviewers that the worst part is the beginning before you get to the trailhead- its all steep switchbacks. However, once you get to the split its pretty much flat after that. I think the only reason its rated as moderate is because of the start. Beautiful views of the 10 mtns and the lake! All trails map is also inaccurate. This hike just leads you to an overlook of the lake- you cant actually get to the lake. I hears from other hikers that this trail is much less populated compared to sentinel pass and i agree. We only saw about 5 groups total. On the way up we did see a huge pile of human poop & kleenex wipes on the actual trail near the creek stream. Its sad I have to state this but please dont go #2 on the actual trail where people are walking and also near water streams that lead into the lake. It was very gross and unpleasant

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11 months ago

We do this hike on every trip to Banff. It's spectacular, more for the views of the peaks, Moraine below, and (if you time it right) hearing and watching the avalanches across the little valley. Eiffel Lake is useful mostly just as a turnaround point - the payoffs come before that. There can be a lot of people on the steep first part of the trail, but the vast majority turn off for Larch Valley. We've never passed more than a handful of hikers once the trail splits.

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11 months ago

I hiked Eiffel Lake on July 28, 2019 after watching the sunrise at Moraine Lake. I arrived to Moraine Lake at 5 AM in order to get a parking spot (be aware, the parking lot fills up by around 5:30 AM and the road to Moraine Lake is closed to traffic between 8 AM and 4 PM). I began the hike around 7 AM. The trail started from the lakeshore trail that begins at the Moraine Lake Lodge and then branches off to the right at the trailhead sign. The first ~2 km of the trail consists of a gradual incline at first and then steep switchbacks climbing through the forest. This was the most challenging section of the hike and then it becomes easier and more scenic. After the switchbacks, the trail arrives at a junction that splits off to Eiffel Lake on the left and Larch Valley on the right. The trail then leveled out and was fairly flat for the remainder of the hike. It continued through forest and followed along the edge of edge of the valley, providing some amazing views of the mountains through the trees! There were flowers and lush vegetation along the path and it was a beautiful hike. With every step, the views became even more incredible. The trail continued along this forested ridge on mostly level terrain until the lake. It then opened up above the tree line at around 4.5 km in, while continuing along a narrow trail on the edge of the mountain through rocky and exposed terrain and traveling through a patch of snow. There were expansive views of the Valley of Ten Peaks which were so gorgeous. The trail was peaceful during my hike and not busy at all, which was lovely (I only met a few other groups). It continued to follow along the narrow rocky ridge until it reached the end point which overlooking Eiffel Lake. The lake was a modest size and located below in the valley, so you can’t actually hike to the shoreline of the lake. There were pretty reflections of the mountains on the water and it looked like a mirror! From this point, the views of the Valley of Ten Peaks were dramatic and breathtaking. I wouldn’t say that the lake is the best part about this hike – it is definitely the mountain views! The hike follows the same trail back to Moraine Lake and there were gorgeous views of the vibrant turquoise lake from the hike down. This hike was very rewarding! It is 5.6 km one way and approximately 11 km round trip. The hike took me around 4 hours to complete. It was quite windy and chilly once you get above the tree line and are walking in the exposed area along the edge of the mountain, so wear warm layers. This hike definitely makes the list for my top 5 favourite hikes in the Rockies. Would recommend. I will do this hike again when I visit the Rockies in the future.

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11 months ago

First time hiked on Monday July 22, we were concerned about the traffic, but we got to lake moraine road at 7:45am, road was open, arrived at moraine parking lot at 8am and only a few spots for parking were available, so get there early. As for the hike, it was stunning, switchbacks up through the forest then opens up and flattens out up to the lake, incredible views, definitely a beautiful hike !

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11 months ago

Hiked this July 21st - what an amazing trail!! The actual lake is a little underwhelming (which I expected after coming from Moraine Lake haha) but it’s still beautiful. The trail itself has beautiful views of the ten peaks though, and you get a gorgeous view of Moraine Lake from above as well. We arrived for sunrise at 5:15am, and got one of the last available spaces - so get there reeeeeally early! The initial 2km/switchbacks are pretty steep and boring, but it really does level out and get nicer afterwards. Barely saw anyone after the fork for Sentinel Pass. As everyone else has said, decent shoes are necessary - it’s got a lot of rocks and roots, and there is scree at the end. Speaking of scree, I never figured out how to actually get down to the lake; I’m not sure if the GPS is inaccurate or if I’m just blind hahaha

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11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike and was lucky enough to have great weather today!! Not too many people on the trail, started out right after first light, which made for a relaxing day! Getting up the switchbacks is the hardest part, after that it’s pretty smooth sailing.

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11 months ago

This was an absolutely gorgeous hike! Great views of Moraine Lake on the way up, plenty of wildflowers, and the views of the 10 peaks were spectacular! Eiffel Lake is small but beautiful, a great spot to stop for lunch!

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11 months ago

Beautiful hike! Great views of the Moraine lake. The weather was a little rough today. Rain turned into snow. If you kept moving you were warm. Not as crowded as I expected.

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11 months ago

We did it on July 8th. Great trail with good views, not the best but enjoyable! We saw a looooot of marmots.

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