Mount Bourgeau Trail is a 13.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.5 miles Elevation Gain: 5,679 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This scenic hike takes in lakes, waterfalls, wildlife and amazing views of the town of Banff. This is a classic hike with a 360-degree view. Well worth the climb.

rocky
snow
6 days ago

I'm a city person so this was my first climb ever, but it was definitely worth the 8 hours it took to summit. It wasn't too difficult but would recommend bringing plenty of water and energy bars if you get hungry quick. The only mistake we made was starting late around noon which had us going back down the trail in pitch black for a few hours, so that was pretty fun We also didn't know it would be that cold and windy mid-July so we had to use socks as gloves. If you're from the city and never did a real climb you'll have a blast with this one. Got plenty of stories to share from this.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

Took 8.5 hours all up with snow and lots of photo breaks. Stunning hike would definitely recommend

nice simple Forest trail to the lake. blizzard at the Lake turned me back from finishing.

hiking
8 months ago

This hike was spectacular! Although there were a few tougher parts (including the part with shale), I would probably rate this hike as moderate. It took my friend and I about 7 hours to complete including breaks and picture stops. The views during the hike were incredible and well worth the lengthy trail. Would definitely do this one again! Would recommend hiking poles.

hiking
8 months ago

Maintained trail the entire way until the summit. Not a bad way to spend the day. 20-25 minutes at the summit and took me a total of 7hr 10 min. The views of sunshine meadows was pretty cool!

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muddy
8 months ago

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snow
8 months ago

i’m a pretty avid hiker, started at 8 in the morning and finished at 4 with a lunch break and a few smaller ones. up to the first lake is mostly easy. after the next two, it gets a little tougher. but would still rate this trail as moderate. and there was some snow and freezing cold at the top (just a warning) in mid-september. excellent views all around, too. i loved it.

hiking
8 months ago

good challenging long hike with diverse terrains, maybe not worth it on a cloudy day as lake valley to the mount can be very foggy

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

On Wednesday 9/11 I was the first one in the parking lot that intended to hike. Looked like two dudes were camping in their cars because one left when I got there and the other was changing into a shirt and tie. I waited a few minutes until it was light enough to start (and the dudes departed) and then set off. The first three miles in the forest silence made an excellent start to the day. After that it got more muddy, more rocky, and more difficult. Stopped at Harvey Pass to eat a banana and then picked my way through the rock and snow up to the summit. The visibility was poor but staring out into the mist knowing there were hundreds of feet of nothingness below was still kinda cool. Met a few people halfway between Harvey Pass and the summit on the way back down and later saw their distant profiles above as they neared the summit. All in all an amazing experience. I would recommend hiking poles and decent gloves if you intend to hike to the summit.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

Excellent and challenging hike. We got to the parking lot at 7am and were the first ones there. Had to take a few breaks at the final ascent to the summit but worth the effort. Swam at one of the lakes on the way back. Had some rain coming down so the trail through the forest back was muddy. Got back to the lot around 5:30pm but we mostly took our time on this hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty good hike to the lake. Can be muddy at times. The bit before the lake is super steep.

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muddy
rocky
9 months ago

Great trail with lots of variety. Trees, meadows, lakes, streams, rocks and really great view from the top. If you are not a fast hiker, start it no later than 10-11. We left the parking lot at 11am, took it easy and ended up doing the last 2-3km in pitch black. Once you are out of the trees, there are many streams to refill your bottles.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail is a steady climb, moderately traveled, but not busy at all. The views at the end are worth the work. Took us about 4 hours to reach Harvey Pass. A little and tired by the end. Glad to have hiked it!

hiking
9 months ago

Bourgeau Lake and Harvey Lake and Pass are very nice but 8 miles of woods hiking with out much for views dropped this hike to 3 stars for some in our group. The woods section is a nice easy hike with very well maintained trails, and a beautiful moss carpeted spruce forest with lichen hanging from branches. Views from Harvey Pass and of other small lakes and waterfalls and wildflowers make the steep hike from Bourgeau Lake worth it and some of our group would give the hike 4 stars for that. if you add an unplanned summit of Bourgeau Mountain, it all becomes worth it and ups our rating to 4 for sure. Hike up to Bourgeau Mountain is very doable and trail is obvious. Views from top are spectacular. Saw a bighorn sheep on way up. marmots and ptarmigans around Harvey Pass.

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rocky
9 months ago

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Long boring hike through the forest until the meadows. You will pass a fairly impressive waterfall along the way. An easy river crossing on rocks is required. Incredibly scenic once you reach Bourgeau lake. You will be among the meadows and streams, surrounded by mountains. Turn left after the 4th lake to continue up Bourgeau. This last 500m of elevation will be the steepest, mostly on shallow scree. There is a short rock garden section shortly below the summit which can be minimized with good route finding. There is a cool weather station on the summit. No scrambling required.

Amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was easy to follow and not too crowded! parking spaces fill up quickly so try to get there early. The start is a nice little incline but not steep at all then a little bit of a steeper climb with switchbacks before the lake. Loose rock going up to Harvey's pass but not for too long. There you see a second lake and carry on around that to another hill climb that then gives you a beautiful of the surround area! Unfortunately, couldn't summit as it was too windy but if its calm if would be an easy walk up! Overall an amazing hike that I highly recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Such an accessible summit. From the start to the finish, the trail is incredibly easy to follow. Beautiful viewpoints along the way (Harvey Pass and it’s wildflowers were a high point). The summit push feels a bit never ending, however with only one short section of somewhat hands-on, it’s minimally technical as far as summits go. Great views all around once you’re out of the forest. However, if you’re coming from the east, don’t miss the left exit to the trailhead. It’s just pass the blue signage, however since the turn isn’t marked we drove past it the first time. All around great summit, if you’re down for a solid full day (took us 6.5 hours and we were hauling ass) I highly recommend.

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