Helen Lake Trail

MODERATE 45 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
539 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.

1 month ago

Great to take someone who aren't entirely sure of their fitness, with a good mix of steeper ascensions with a short flater spots so we can keep going for longer periods.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous trail. I could hike this trail all the time and not get tired of it. It was a bit icy and snowy when we did it (late Sept) but still fine with good hiking boots. We were going to go beyond the lake to Cirque Peak but the weather shifted when we got to the lake and started to snow so we headed back down. Still entirely worthwhile to just go to the lake. Beautiful scenery the whole way. Normally I prefer loop trails but this was so pretty I don't mind the out and back route. Easy amount of effort for the views on this trail. It's a new favourite.

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1 month ago

One of the most beautiful hikes on the Ice-fields parkway. Easy hike to Helen Lake then a moderate hike to the above ridge. Incredible views. We went a step further today and did Cirque Peak, in 2 feet of snow. What an I incredible experience. Harder yes, but definitely worth it.

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Beautiful day, top of cirque the Hoary Marmot was chirping us non stop! Next time up the Dolomite ridge.

2 months ago

Very nice trail with some quite steep climbs.

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