Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail

EASY 113 reviews
#10 of 136 trails in

Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail is a 2.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back 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 and walking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
162 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

hiking
23 days ago

Easy hike for all ages. This hike was more picturesque than Lake Louise and slightly less people. However, Banff needs to work on its crowd control and parking. Not the place to spend a lot of time if crowds bother you.

hiking
25 days ago

Got here at 7:30 and got into the parking lot without any problems. Very easy hike, and worth visiting. The lake is so beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This was our first full day in Banff National Park (Aug 17th) and got a later start than we’d like, but decided to visit Lake Moraine and begin our hiking adventures with an easy hike in preparation for the rest of our stay. Parking: of course no parking is available after 7am, but easy enough to catch the shuttle bus at the overflow parking at 11:30. The 10 min ride or so drops you off at the Rock Pile overlooking the lake. The lakeshore trail was easy and offered beautiful views of the turquoise water and had a waterfall at the end of trail. Unfortunately the views of the mountains were distorted by the smoke from ongoing fires in British Columbia but we still enjoyed the beauty and look forward planning another trip in hopes of clearer skies. Took about an hour with lots of other ca and a stop to eat a sandwich on the trail overlooking lake. We were there about 2 hours including a climb to the top of Rock Pile to take more pictures! Gorgeous place!

Jam packed with tourist but still beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Just a walk along the lake, good for chilling, the lake is beautiful :) came there at 5am to have a parking spot and get the sunrise, worth the short night!

walking
1 month ago

This was a really beautiful and easy walk. Although the beginning shoreline gets crowded, especially near the Rock Pile, not too many venture out onto the trail itself. Peaceful views and beautiful forest.

If you want to park, get here early, like 5:30 am. The parking is full at 6:00, though it empties out somewhat after dawn.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view of the shoreline and the stunning blue water and mountains.

1 month ago

It is a beautiful lake. A babbling little stream beside the trail and trees. I felt like a fairy was coming out.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, very easy. We started early and it was awesome. Trail gets crowded later in the day.
We extended the hike to a second lake, which was a really nice walk. We followed the brochure and the signs. I think it was an additional 6 kms.

walking
1 month ago

So easy but such beautiful views throughout that you’ll want to make the trip. Don’t stop until you get to the very end with the waterfall!

1 month ago

Spectacular views throughout. Very straightforward and easy hike and you will likely stop numerous times. Be warned though very popular with tourists and accessing the site by car can be a challenge even before 7am! It’s worth it though to see this site and do this simple hike

walking
1 month ago

Dont bother during peak season between 6am and 8pm. No place to park and extra attraction admittance fee in terms of shuttle costs with thosands of others directed to lake by locals. Tried 3 times on two separate days to get in. There are far more accessible places to get to locally.

2 months ago

great hike. not hard but amazing views of the peaks and the lake. nice waterfall at the end.

we started about 7:30pm on a weekday so there were a lot fewer people than earlier in the day. made the hike more enjoyable. if the parking lot is full the park service won't even let you get down the road to the lake.

2 months ago

Family stroll around lake. Amazing views, excellent trail.

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk and great way to get some pictures of the lake without all the tourists by the entrance.

2 months ago

i give it 5 stars because that trail is so cool

walking
2 months ago

A beautiful trail which provides ample spots to take pictures and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of spots to get a great pic. Also a nice trailhead to many other hikes.

2 months ago

breathtaking views

3 months ago

Easy and well maintained trail and one of my favorite moments in Banff, go early and go to the end. The views are absolutely incredible. My partner and I had a snack on a rock at the ends of the trail and there weren't many people that far in (and it's not even far). I wish we had planned extra time in our schedule to rent the canoes. Great trail for those with kids or who don't want any elevation. Sneakers are fine.

3 months ago

Very easy with absolutely gorgeous views at every turn. Hardly any traffic on the trail yesterday, so we were able to enjoy a very serene, quiet hike. Definitely a must do!

walking
3 months ago

Great little trail, very flat and easy to go out and back. Much quieter on the shoreline trail than near the lodge and rock pile. Lake was fully melted but trail had a few wet spots.

3 months ago

Update, May 23th: Road to Moraine lake just re-open. The lake is still a little bit frozen. Lot of people but it's worth it !

3 months ago

Was there last Sunday. The lake is almost completely melted. Started about 6:30 am. Not many tourists and plenty of parking available. Went to the rock pile after for pictures (sun was up by this time) and it was just starting to get busy.

4 months ago

19th may : road to Moraine Lake closed. Departure of the trail since Louise lake.

11 months ago

Some of the greatest views I have ever seen.

11 months ago

Ok easy walk just busy, still nice to do.

11 months ago

beautiful! The lake is amazing

11 months ago

Good walk, this is not a hike, so good for those that need paved pathways. Beautiful lake but very, very busy.

walking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Easy walk that provides great photo opportunities. Went early evening and most of the crowds had left which was nice.

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