Giant Steps via Paradise Creek is a 20.6 kilometer moderately 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, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
20.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
753 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

snow

no shade

hiking
25 days ago

It was a fantastic day to get out and enjoy the hike to Lake Annette and then on to the Giant steps. There’s been a fair bit of snow so things were muddy and icy in areas but it definitely eliminated any tourist traffic. I only ran into 7 people on my way out. The majority of the trail along paradise creek is fairly low angle and in good condition. I took some video of the falls but can’t seem to get the uploaded. Loved the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

went yesterday, still pretty smoky, but the view of Giant steps is nice. Got there around 9:30 a.m. the road was closed due to full parking lot at Moraine Lake. But we asked for Paradise valley parking lot, the park workers let us in right way.

1 month ago

Good long hike... not hard but 3 climbs. The old trail avoiding climbs has been discontinued...the new trail goes via lake annette adds 2 steep climbs. Total km has increased to 20km+. Views are awesome on a clear day and Giant Steps rocks are unique in Canadian Rockies!

4 months ago

stunning views, open to Annette lake, the trail is still snowed in halfway to the giant steps

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

They have re-routed the trail. Now, it follows the path that goes through Lake Annette. It doesn't add too much on distance or elevation gain. Look for the signs for Giant Steps close to the turn off to Sentinel Pass. Also, if you are going to Paradise Valley Campground, it is only 400m from Giant Steps.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

very big payoff for minimal effort

hiking
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Great hike. Be aware that you must travel in groups of 4 or more some parts of the year because of bears else you could be fined upto $5000.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

Not too sure about the 4hr return trip on this sites info. I just did this hike in 5 hrs on June 15/13, and we hiked at a solid pace. Keep in mind - this is a 20km return trip. This trail has it all. I can see why this is one of the more popular trails in Banff national park. Stunning views of lake Louise ski hill, beautiful high mountain peaks that tower over you, beautiful meadows with the creek running through it, and if that's not enough! wait till you walk up the hill and and before you know it - one of the most beautiful emerald green mountain lakes is right before your eye's (Lake Annette). The trail continues past Lake Annette, however it's a steep climb that will suck the air out of you if you're not in shape. This climb continues for a good mile. If I do this hike again....or when I do it again - I will only hike to the lake.

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Saturday, September 09, 2017

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