Helen Lake Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Helen Lake Trail is a 11.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
641 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

snow

On the Icefields parkway, park in the Helen lake parking across from crowfoot glacier parking overview. Nice trail into the meadows, little bit of fishing in the lake for small brook trout 6 inches.

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1 month ago

This is my favorite hike in the Rockies! It only takes about an hour before you reach the meadow and the spectacular views. There's some steep sections but nothing too difficult. Once you reach the lake you're going to want to climb the headwall. It only takes about half hour or so and the panoramic views are simply amazing! It took me about 4 hours return which made for a great day hike. I'd definitely recommend this hike.

Was tying for Dolomite Pass and Cirque peak but a thunder storm rolled in, so only made it to Helen Lake. Small section of Avalanche debris on the way up, otherwise trail is in great condition

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1 month ago

Great trail although there an avalanche went across one portion leaving some snow and fallen trees that partially block the trail. Cirque peak is well worth the additional effort from the lake but it is steep and very loose rock.

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This is an amazing hike. Did it last weekend. Helen lake itself is still frozen. The final 1 km trail to the lake is through sugary snow, as expected from Spring weather in the mountain. The view from the meadows are very rewarding. As people said, there are lots of wildflower already. But be prepared for some muddy hike followed by melting icy conditions. Definitely one of the best hike from Icefield Parkway

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1 month ago

Great hike, snow for the final 1.5km through the meadow. Lots of wildflowers already.

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Hiked this on Thursday June 8 2017. Got to the alpine level but was a foot deep of snow. Turned back as could not make out the trail. Also, there was an avalanche in the winter which will require you to navigate through tress at the 2.5 km mark. Was ok due to lots of packed snow allowing you to walk on. Suspect it will be a bit more tricky when the snow melts as well as a bit more movement from all the broken trees. For sure made it an unique trail to tackle

highly recommend continuing up summit for spectacular views.

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11 months ago

Very nice hike. Starts with an uphill slog thru the forest with views of crows foot glacier to your right. Then thru meadows full of wild flowers until you get to the lake.

Of course the downhill home is nice

Start early to avoid crowds