Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook

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Peyto Lake Panorama Overlook is a 2.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 km Elevation Gain: 115 m Route Type: Loop

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Peyto Lake Trail is a short hike that offers scenic views of Peyto Lake located in the provence of Alberta Canada, near the border of British Columbia. Peyto Lake is a stunning turquoise colored lake fed from Peyto Glacier. This is a great family-friendly hike suitable for all skill levels. The short trip uphill to the scenic Peyto Lake Overlook can be accessed off of Icefields Parkway, north of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Peyto Lake sits between Yoho National Park and Jasper National Park. Once at the top, you will look out onto spectacular views of Bow Lake and the glacier to the west, Peyto Lake, and the Canadian Rockies. Peyto Lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the rockies and attracts large crowds, especially in the summer months. It is best to get there early in the morning if you are planning to visit in the summer

hiking
14 hours ago

Short little walk, very busy.

hiking
1 day ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a short little walk. Super easy and only takes a few minutes. There were lots of people but absolutely stunning.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful even on a cloudy day. Today (sept 15 2019) was the last day it was open for the season as Parks Canada is doing renovations.

hiking
3 days ago

You’ll never see a lake quite like this ever!!! Definitely worth the extra drive time if it’s out of your way. So gorgeous and the small short hike getting there is easy and well groomed! It’s a must see!

hiking
5 days ago

Absolutely stunning! The walk to get there was easy enough, plenty of people in early September but not too bad at all. Everyone very respectful of each other and giving you space to get your tourist-free shots. Well worth visiting.

hiking
6 days ago

Heavily trafficked and nearly straight uphill, but it's all paved and the view of the lake is spectacular. But it's also so heavily trafficked you have to fight for a viewing spot unless you go at a time that nobody else is there.

hiking
10 days ago

hike was way shorter than I had expected but still an amazing view!! completed September 6 and arrived around 7am. Trail was already busy with a handful of vehicles already parked. Sat up at the top and relaxed for just under two hours waiting for the sun to poke around. By the time we got back to the truck the parking lot was full of vehicles with multiple buses aswell. If you’re wanting a quiet hike I definitely recommend going earlier rather than later.

hiking
10 days ago

Not much of a hike but man is this lake beautiful!! Even with crowds we were able to enjoy it!

hiking
12 days ago

Very beautiful! The hike isn’t much but the view at the end is perfect! Many people and parking can be tough so get there early!

The farthest viewpoint is spectacular. It can be hard to pick out where to turn right onto the dirt trail but there are many that work. Just check your phones gps to make sure you’re heading in the right direction and you should be good.

hiking
14 days ago

This is not a trail; it’s a bushwhack. We stayed near the stream to access the lake. It’s definitely prime bear country.

hiking
15 days ago

Definite stop along the ice fields parkway. Tons of tourist but can’t be missed. Short walk uphill on paved path to the look out. Just gorgeous!

hiking
16 days ago

you kind of have to find your own way to the view point...

Got to the parking lot at 6:45am on a Friday...missed sunrise but the lake was gorgeous. There’s a dirt trail the peels off the right side from the paved trail: take it!!! Gorgeous views and maybe 5 people at this time.

hiking
27 days ago

This is a very popular trail so it’s usually crowded, I agree with most of the comments, get to the overlook take a few pics and follow your map to continue the trail, it was a very nice easy walk away from the crowds with amazing views of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

It was very beautiful. A shuttle had just dropped off a bunch of people to the viewpoint so that was packed. Definitely follow the map on here and keep going for a much better view and some solitude!!

hiking
1 month ago

Another good break from the car with amazing views. We ventured off to the less travelled path at the end of the parking lot and spotted an elk.

hiking
1 month ago

This lake rivals Moraine and Louise. It's unique, gorgeous blue and has an amazing backdrop. The key is to avoid the deck overlook and keep heading up the paved trail. It takes you on a loop trail that when you get to about 2 o'clock on the loop take the dirt trail off towards the lake. The overlook there is 10x better and there was nobody there. You'll know you're in the right spot when you get to a bunch of large boulders where you can sit and enjoy the lake in silence.

hiking
1 month ago

Super busy trail walking single file for most of it. Great views at the summit but for me, hardly worth it wit so many people. Giving 4 because I would love to do it without the crowds.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful hike , lake is gorgeous. Definitely take the trail past the overlook area and climb the rock mountain trail for incredible views.

hiking
1 month ago

Only lake to put up an argument with Moraine in my opinion. Yet, I wish there was a hike down and around the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Not really a hike but the viewpoint for the most amazing lake

hiking
1 month ago

We extended the ride by taking the descent to the lake. Extend more than 2km hiking. The perspective being in contact with the lake, and with the sight on its source (fall) was very interesting. The descent to the lake is not busy.

Panoramic view point is amazing! Almost no people, great view to lake and gracier. Many people stop at viewing plant form , it’s overcrowded, just keep going, maybe 15 min up and you will awarded with breath catching view

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful!!! You must really go completely up to the last viewpoint on the rocks, almost nobody there and the very best view of the lake! Parking was busy, but just find a spot on the road just before the parking.

hiking
1 month ago

The view is spectacular. Went at about 7 pm and there were not many people there at all.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is nothing spectacular and wouldn’t really all this a hike but this is an absolute must to see. The lake is stunning! We were fairly early so crowds weren’t too bad. We hiked a short ways up from the observation point and found a beautiful area that we had to ourselves. We were able to get plenty of pictures and sit on the rocks to enjoy the peace and beauty of this beautiful place.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful blue view from high above. Very easy no strenuous hike. 5/5 views await atop.

hiking
1 month ago

As a hiking route it is worth nothing, but the views of the viewpoint are beautiful and make it worth stopping. Try to avoid the hours of collapse.

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