Rockbound Lake is a 17.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.5 km Elevation Gain: 911 m Route Type: Out & Back

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snow
4 months ago

Great trail but didnt posthole all the way to Rockbound but made it to Tower lake easily! Lots of snow, snowshoes when you hit the meadow are necessary, it was waist deep if you didn't. Will return in summer to try it again! Lots of skiers, keep your eyes open!

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of hills but an awesome trail. In November make sure to have micro-spikes or snow shoes!

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snow
7 months ago

Hiked this trail on Sunday October 27th. There was very light snow coverage until about the 4 KM point, after that micro-spikes, poles and gaiters should be used. Through the Eisenhower rockfall and on, snow becomes increasingly deeper. As you approach the lower lake where the trees thin out, route finding skills are essential as previous tracks are all blown over with new snow, The steep section of trail from the lower lake to Rockbound Lake requires care to be taken. Was pretty much post-holing through 1.5 - 2 feet of snow at the top along the lake. Only saw one other person on the way back. Serenely quiet hike through the forest, views as you approach the lakes are amazing. It was a perfectly calm day for hiking. The snow really adds to the long uphill chug!

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snow
7 months ago

Nice hike! Yes more than half is in the forest, but it’s still beautiful. The steady incline felt like a workout but was very manageable. The upper part of the trail was covered in snow, and a bit slippery. Spikes and/or poles recommended.

hiking
7 months ago

Very well maintained trail and not busy at all - only saw one other group. We did the hike yesterday. Took my friend and I about 6 hours with minimal stops. Needed crampons for the very last section that was steep. Maybe you could get away without but it would be tough and we are glad we had ours. Was surprised to see larches - I’m sure it’s a beautiful hike when these are in season. Not the most exciting hike as the Forest section is a bit repetitive but it was a good workout and we still enjoyed it quite a bit!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Very well defined and maintained. Did it for sunrise above the Lake on the way to Castle mountain.

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7 months ago

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This is a great trail, not too difficult but quite steep at the end. Amazing views from the top and great hike through the forest. I have not seen anyone else along the trail, so very calm and peaceful, but sometimes is better not to be completely alone, just in case.

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muddy
8 months ago

A fantastic hike, and Tower and Rockbound Lakes are amazing. We only saw seven other hikers and both lakes were peaceful and quiet. Some small amounts of snow on the trail and shallow water (in foot prints and ruts) were frozen. No bears but did see a paw print on the trail.

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rocky
8 months ago

10/10 would hike again. As a bonus, we got "attacked" by an aggravated spruce grouse defending its habitat, which conveniently spanned right across the trail on the plateau leading to the first lake. Cute. Found bear traces near the first lake as well, you might want to bring spray. Aside that, one of the most stunning and rewarding hikes I've down so far!

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike, lots of kms in the tree line but it’s worth it for the beautiful views of the lakes. If you are looking for larches changing hike, this is the hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Mit guter Kondition ist das, bis auf den letzten Aufstieg, ein sehr einfacher Weg. Für den Aufstieg haben wir etwa 3,5 Stunden gebracht. Spannend und interessant wird es nach den ersten vier Kilometern, wenn der Wald sich lichtet und der Tower sichtbar wird. Am Tower Lake haben wir sehr viele frische Bärenspuren gefunden. Für den Aufstieg/Abstieg Rockbound Lake würde ich dringend Stöcke empfehlen.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked today. Long but fairly steady uphill climb. It is in the trees for quite some time. Easy trail to navigate. Minimal mud or challenging areas. Last climb to Rockbound lake is steep, but still an easy to hike trail. Beautiful surroundings, Larch trees, and fun to see the water from the lake draining into the rock. Would have loved to see where it comes out below. Very few people on trail. We passed 10 others the entire hike. Definitely recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

Completed on 14 Sep. I would call this an easy hike all the way up to Tower lake and then slightly moderate all the way up to Rockbound lake. It was cloudy throughout so the Rockbound lake looked a little dull but I can imagine that with sun shining the lake will look spectacular. The best part was easy scrambling around Rockbound lake. And yes, only few people on the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Wonderful hike. The views at Tower Lake and Rockbound lake were fantastic.

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muddy
8 months ago

a bit long hike through the woods, two lakes are amazing.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice nature hike with great viewing once you break free of the tree line some 3 miles up. Far less people on this trail than that of the Disney, I mean Lake Louise area across the way.

nice hike. few people. took Silverton Falls side trail. lots of flowers in the meadows and trailside before Tower Lake. took 3.5 hours up with stops for pix and snack. 3 hrs down. headed for hot tub! note the route shown from Tower Lake to Rockbound Lake is not correct in all trails. the new route has several switchbacks that climb nearly straight up over the ridge.

hiking
9 months ago

It’s was a relentless climb up but the views of the lake were worth it. Just found the down to be long got kinda board. It’s a good hike just be prepared it seams like the hike down is longer then the hike up. Trail is very well maintained

hiking
9 months ago

Don’t let the moderate forest start lull your expectations.This 19km. Hike really delivers an. Amazing and epic end.Stunning mountain and lake views that are some of my favourite. Quiet trail. Co sidering middle of summer.Shpuld be a bucket list. Hike for sure.Bring. Bug repellent for end. Of trail.Soo worth. A few bites ..

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bugs
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Good hike for rainy or fogy day. It’s goes in the woods. Only few people. Path is very good, just till the end has more rocks and roots. Trail is pretty easy, very steady climb (easier then on Tunnel Mountain). Harder point is between the lakes. But definitely would not classified it as a hard. Tower lake nothing impressive, but Rockbound looks very nice. For a good view and picture best to continue on Helena Ridge trail , but it’s very steep. There is also amazing view point to Tower lake with Castle mountain on the right from lake, with good view to the valley. It’s took me 5.4 h with lunch stop, view points and pictures.

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bugs
9 months ago

This trail was great, it had everything! Don't forget bug spray! Enjoy

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike and so worth it. Some steady inclines at times but overall not to bad. There are many sites to see and views are some of the best. The trail is excellent

hiking
9 months ago

It took me 5.5 hrs total. Yes, ignore some negative comments. If you want to see the scenery you have to start from the bottom which means you have to pass the trees area to get on the top. So many colourful flowers on top, only the last half mile is a little bit difficult, but it’s short.

hiking
9 months ago

Don't pay attention to any negative reviews. this is an amazing hike. Rockbound lake is a great place with nice views.

hiking
9 months ago

As someone else pointed, there's nothing to see first 2/3 of the path. But then it becomes amazing. Still, we were not impressed by the Rockbound lake from the end of the trail, so we decided to continue doing up Helena ridge and it was so worth it. The view from there was breathtaking. It took as 6hrs in total. The further path from Rockbound lake is more tough and steep, but quite short.

hiking
9 months ago

I totally loved it. Very windy at the lake, so don't forget a jacket. Many mosquitos in the wooded area. I hiked my spouse and a friend. There only very only another woman and her dog up there at RBL.

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