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Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail

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Banff National Park

Moraine Lake Rockpile Trail is a 0.5 mile 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 bird watching and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

paved

views

wildlife

Note: Note: As of May 13th, 2019, there are reports of closures on this trail. Please check with Banff National Park before proceeding. This trail is popular and is heavily trafficked. Arrive early for parking and for viewing the lake.

2 hours ago

A very short hike/walk for such a gorgeous view!

1 day ago

YOU NEED TO SEE THIS its so beautifully place!

hiking
3 days ago

A walk up to a perfect view of a beautiful lake. It’s an absolutely stunning lake. Enjoy!

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

A busy but stunning lake. An easy exploration year-round!

hiking
8 days ago

Great little hike for kids. Awsome view of Moraine Lake.

hiking
8 days ago

Got in early so managed to beat the crowds. The views are phenomenal

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing view but super crowded! We got there at 8am and it was decent but after 9am it was crowded.

hiking
great!
10 days ago

It was a pretty easy hike. The most challenging part of this beautiful trail of Moraine Lake is getting there. Parking at Moraine Lake is extremely limited. We went at the end of June on a sunny day. The view is stunning with vivid turquoise waters that contrast with the rocky mountains.

10 days ago

Short but beautiful! The view from the top is amazing!

hiking
10 days ago

Road and parking is opened now. They have people directing traffic in and if they say parking is full you just have to drive down and come back up. Took us two pass to finally get in.

hiking
flooded
snow
15 days ago

Moraine Lake road closed until June 24th. I used bike to get to Moraine Lake. 24km ish out and back. 48mins up & 20mins down. Then I hiked to Consolation Lakes. Still bit of snow there and quite flooded right in front of rocky section. Almost no people in the morning (8am) and pretty busy after lunch.

hiking
19 days ago

This is the most beutiful place on earth! Provided the most beutiful view of moriane lake! How ever, it got really crowded. We couldn't get a picture without some stranger photobombing our picture- leave early.

hiking
closed
21 days ago

La route pour se rendre au stationnement du Lac Moraine est fermée, plusieurs personnes faisaient la route en vélo jusqu’au lac. J’ai décidé de faire la route à pied, environ 25km aller-retour pour un dénivelé d’un peu plus de 400 mètres. C’est une marche non technique sur de l’asphalte, mais assez longue. La vue en valait amplement le coup!

hiking
26 days ago

Stunning place Thanks to covid and the road closure almost no one there in the morning!

26 days ago

One of the most beautiful lakes in the world!

1 month ago

Worth it to get up there before sunrise!

1 month ago

Fantastic, beautiful place to visit! Quintessential thing to see in Banff. I think it's a lot nicer than Lake Louise. Go during spring where the minerals in the mountain runoff reflects the light so it's a deep beautiful turquoise colour. My only issue with visiting is that it gets extremely crowded. You need to go very early (before 6am) to beat the bus tours and other tourists. Car parking is limited and overflows onto the road leading up to the lake which can be over 1km long. Otherwise, go later in the day when most people have left.

hiking
1 month ago

Very crowded and parking definitely an issue but amazing view.

1 month ago

Moraine Lake Parking           51.321741599999996      N     -116.1860049             W

hiking
2 months ago

STUNNING. We got up at 4 am and made it to the car park to avoid it being full. There were a lot of people there even that early. We came back in the evening and honestly golden hour in the evening was less busy and stunning. It’s a must.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views!! We got there very early and settled in for sunrise. We beat the crowds but I must admit the best view of the lake is when the sun is shining over all of it. Very very crowded in summer and unless you get a car park you have to park down the bottom and get the bus up. Highly recommend though, it’s a must do!

4 months ago

Easy hike with the kids, but man o man does it have a huge payoff. Unbeatable views. Just be sure you get there really early to be able to park. It fills up in a hurry.

4 months ago

it's fairly easy hike, but quite busy. the view though is something else.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite place. Short ‘hike’ with the best view, period. IMO.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful lake and area. Can get quite busy here.

4 months ago

entrance location 51°19'49"N 116°10'51"W

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Nice short trail. Great to hang out and have a lunch for a couple hours. Always nice to make the scenic drive up. Can decide to do Larch Valley if you want something more challenging! Dog and kid friendly!

hiking
icy
snow
8 months ago

beautiful trail but very icy. I did this in running shoes and had to be super careful - micro spikes would've made my life much easier. it's a stunning view. you can go down to the frozen lake too.

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