Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail

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Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail is a 0.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop 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 birding and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
6 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

hiking
2 months ago

Great place, but crowded

3 months ago

Lots and lots and lots of people.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and steady climb. Paved path.
Great view of the lake once you’re at the top.

4 months ago

simply beautiful. Canoed too.

4 months ago

This is a must do! It's really easy but the views are some of the best and most famous around. Chipmunks live amongst the rocks and are it scared of humans.

4 months ago

There is a trail that leaves from the parking lot, near outdoor restrooms that walks up to the view. Climbing the large mound of rocks isn't necessary so don't make the same mistake I did! This view is spectacular and should not be missed.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail and very busy but worth it for those looking for an easy rock scramble hike.

4 months ago

Arrive early if you would like to park close to the rock pile.

4 months ago

Arrive at 7 am or earlier, not only to get parking, but to get some quieter time at the lake. Kids 7 and 9 had fun climbing up the rock pile, but we took the path to get back down (although they wanted to climb back down). Moraine Lake in the morning is the best thing in all of Banff. After the rock pile, recommended to hike around the lake and then even rent a canoe, for more spectacular views.

4 months ago

You can climb up the rock pile and then come down the path trail afterwards! More fun this way! Nice view at the top, LOTS of people! Moraine lake is such a stunning view! Takes about 10-15 min to climb up? Maybe 10 min to walk down the trail.

4 months ago

Arrived 7am and caught last of available parking spots. Incredible views!

4 months ago

Insane view of Lake Moraine and the Rocky Mountains. Wear proper shoes so you can climb the rocks and cross the dam safely.

5 months ago

A short jaunt to see one of the most spectacular scenes on earth! Wow!

5 months ago

A quick, easy, and highly rewarding view. I go back to Moraine Lake every time I'm in Canada and next year I'll be bringing my hammock to enjoy the view away from all of the tourists. You can also climb up on the giant rock and get some views above the tourists taking photos on this path.

hiking
5 months ago

Cant even begin to describe this short hike. One of the greatest views in Canada. Cant even recommend it enough!

5 months ago

Excellent view!

5 months ago

6 months ago

Don't skip this one if you are at Moraine. Very easy, short, and a great view.

Really busy but great views over the lake

6 months ago

An easy trail to the most beautiful view of the valley of the ten peaks and Moraine Lake. In my opinion it's even better than Lake Louise. There are lots of places to move around, take pictures, and enjoy the view. In the morning there is a great reflection of the mountains on the lake too!

In the summer the parking lot fills up quickly and rarely opens throughout the day. We arrived at 7:40am and it was already packed. Try and arrive before 8am before the parking attendants get there so you can snag a spot or wait for someone to leave. There is no Park shuttle to Moraine lake in the summer but there are private tour buses.

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