Fish Lakes via North Molar Pass Trail

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Banff National Park

Fish Lakes via North Molar Pass Trail is a 28.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 28.8 km Elevation Gain: 1,499 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful location but the most mosquitoes I’ve ever seen

hiking
9 months ago

mosquitos galore that are viscious but otherwise fantastic hike, great views for easier effort. was muddy and root, but still in hood shape.

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bridge out
bugs
9 months ago

Hiked in to Fish Lakes campground Aug 9th, trail is in great condition with the exception of the bridge that has split in half as descend to the lake from the pass. A little mud, but it should be expected with the rain experienced lately. Lots of opportunity for water in creeks along the way. The views once you get to the first valley are amazing. On our trip the whole valley was full if wildflowers and very beautiful. The tent pads at Fish Lakes are not marked in any way, and due to the rain were in, I'd say, fair condition. Outhouse could use some holes cut with wire mesh to allow daylight, but it was completely functional and served its purpose. Bear pole in wonderful condition. The bugs were INSANE this weekend. Luckily someone had recently left behind some mosquito coils which we found close to our tent pad. We have to think they were left for the next people, and gladly used them. Thank you to whoever's left these!! Overall, a great trip. Our group of 7 + 1 dog really enjoyed ourselves, and are so glad we did this trail.

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bugs
muddy
10 months ago

Great hike into Fish Lakes. The first 8 km is mostly wooded but after that there are beautiful wildflower meadows and 360 degree views. The trail was a little muddy but nothing gaitor worthy. Loads of mosquitoes at the lake.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked up to the meadow on Saturday right after the big rain storm. Trail was muddy but otherwise in great shape. There were loads of mosquitoes. If they like you, it would be worth using bug deterrent. The meadow flowers were spectacular. This is a really easy hike up to the meadow and is great bang for your buck. when you arrive to the meadow you have 360 degree mountain views. We normally hike up to the pass, which has more elevation gain but we started out pretty late in the day.

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10 months ago

Hiked in July 12. The trails were a bit muddy but honestly not that bad. Not many campers at Mosquito creek this day but I assume more would be coming in. The site is in prime shape. Hiking into molar pass was without any issues and it was incredibly beautiful. Up the trail to the saddle had it’s snowy sections but easily passable. Going down the other side the snow was a bit more challenging but not impossible. Watch your step on the snow and you won’t post hole. After the steep part things get really easy and the landscape changes from snowy and muddy to green, flowery pastures with a high flowing river. Incredible. The little log bridge on the bottom half has split in 2 so just watch your footing. . Hopefully it’ll be fixed soon. Fish lakes campsite is in great shape. Hiked out July 14. The surrounding area has received a ton of rain over the past couple of days so the rivers are flowing pretty high. We had a couple of great days with a couple of nasty thunderstorms but that’s nature. Really wet around the lake but the tent spots are in great shape. Muddier heading out but easily doable. Once you get over the pass and heading back to mosquito creek there are some mini lakes on the actual trail haha, so just make sure you’re wearing waterproof boots and gators.

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snow
11 months ago

My wife and I tried this route two days ago. The first day we packed in to the backcountry Mosquito Creek Mo5 campground, which was very nice and allowed campfires. The second day we tried to get to Fish Lakes on our way to Devon Lakes. The trail was very wet and muddy but doable. When we got to North Molar Pass, there was so much snow that we could get to the pass but not across it to Fish Lakes. We had to turn around and retreat back to Mosquito Creek Mo5, then packed out the next day. The views at the pass were beautiful, but make sure your boots are waterproof! Hopefully some warm weather will open the pass sooner than later.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Did this in 2017. Only went to north molar pass and back. Hike down to fish lakes looked nice and beautiful, would be a great backcountry camping trip. I was just day hiking however. Great, less trafficked trail. It is mostly in the trees until about half way and then opens up to beautiful valley on the way to north molar pass with beautiful views of mountains and dolomites.

hiking
Sun Sep 02 2018

The start is very casual and actually quite flat with a very gradual ascend into a beautiful valley. Mostly hiking through a forest, by a creek and through a campground at the 5k mark. At the 8 -10 k mark you start to get above the tree line and the views are incredible. Once you climb over the saddle at the top of the pass this is a definite wow moment. We didn’t descend completely into fish lake as there was no reason to, but had lunch above the ridge overlooking fish lake. I would rate this as moderate only due to the length. One gorgeous hike.

hiking
9 months ago

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Sat Jun 23 2018