Rockbound Lake

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Rockbound Lake is a 17.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castle Junction, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding 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

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
6 hours ago

it was amazing awesome sights the few people we ran intro were pleasant wonderful sights. only downside was the mosquitos

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this trail 2018 July 16 with my wife, our 12 year old and our Labrador. Sunny and hot day. The trail was in excellent shape and well maintained. It was a Monday and we saw a total of 8 other people the entire day. The trail is a long steady climb through the forest which some previous posters found "boring" but I certainly enjoyed the quiet solitude of the woods. There are a few glimpses of mountains along the way up. Be sure to take the extra 15 minutes or so to see Silverton Falls along the way. As you get closer to Tower Lake the forest opens up with lots of wildflowers and small Meadows and the views of Castle Mountain and Helena Peak are impressive. Take a break at Tower Lake because you'll probably need it. The final push up to Rockbound from Tower is quite steep, probably close to a 1 in 3 gain. It's not a very long section however and you are soon rewarded with a spectacular view of Rockbound Lake and its surrounding mountains. There is also a very interesting boulder field with some peculiar rock formations to explore. The boulder field seemed to attract a lot of mosquitos and horseflies so we ate lunch on a large flat rock a bit more to the east along the shoreline. It took us 3 hours up and 2 and a half back down at a moderate pace stopping a few times each way. Enjoy the hike!

5 days ago

Amazing hike with moderate difficulty. It was absolutely beautiful and a great hike

hiking
9 days ago

Fairly high traffic but nice break from Johnston Canyon if you’re looking for something more challenging. Last bit after first lake elevation gains abruptly, worth the final push for the views.

25 days ago

Hikes this one yesterday and I was happily surprised by the beautiful tower lake. Don't skip the silverton falls on your way up or back. It was rainy and the end is a bit muddy and marshy so where your high boots. Rock bound it self is beautiful with the majestic castle mountain tower next to it. You can hear The Rolling Stones there ;)

hiking
1 month ago

Boring, flat walk through trees for quite a large portion. Then a steep quick incline up to the view of the lake. Finished in approx 6 hours (including stops)

hiking
3 months ago

I like the forest going up, and also the trail itself is nice and relax. The first lake is really nice, but the second is a bit disappointing. Considering the distance of the hike, and how many great other options around, I think another one would be best.

hiking
6 months ago

Long, boring slog through the trees for 90% of the hike with nothing to see. Starts getting interesting at the base of Eisenhower. The last climb that takes you from Tower Lake to Rockbound is pretty tough but worth the trouble. The cliffs surrounding Rockbound Lake are extraordinary.

hiking
7 months ago

Oct 12th // quite lengthy and the hike itself isn't super interesting until close to the lake. However not terribly steep so if one is in good company it's lovely. Boulder wonderland near the lake! Was a very snowy day but will definitely return to finish the Helena Ridge/Stuart Knob/Castle amphitheater.

hiking
8 months ago

Was a great hike did it in September, but long and steep but a great nature hike and spectacular views at the top inbetween mountains with emerald blue lakes!

8 months ago

One of my favourite trails in all of Banff. Definitely worth the lengthyness hike; completed it in approximately 5 hours in snow so plan it for most of the day.

hiking
9 months ago

Other reviewers are right in that 75% of this trail is through somewhat boring wooded forest and it's definitely an incline to get up to where the lakes are. Once you're in the lake region tho, they are beautiful. The "strenuous" climb from tower to rockbound lake IMO is an exaggeration - maybe the equivalent of climbing six flights of stairs in 15 mins. Might not be fun doing that in wet or snowy weather though. Wouldn't do it again or recommend this hike specifically. Took almost 5 hours at decent clip.

hiking
9 months ago

IMHO totally not worth doing. Pretty much whole trail up to Tower Lake is in the forest with zero views. Extremally boring. Lakes are ok but nothing special.
If you are an experienced hiker it's gonna be a waste of time for sure.

10 months ago

Absolutely worth doing it.
The first half of the trail goes fairly steep but then it becomes more moderate. The last meters from Tower Lake to Rockbound Lake are very steep again, but only for a short distance.

hiking
10 months ago

Loved it!! Was more difficult then I thought it was going to be... but overall it was so worth it! Glad We stumbled across it...

10 months ago

great hike. I was concerned that 16 km round trip would be too far but the climb is gradual. want to go earlier next time to try and climb Helena peak

10 months ago

Great hike! First couple of miles is moderately steep, but mellows out leading up to the first lake. The last .5 miles leading up to Rockbound is steep switch backs, but short enough to enjoy Rockbound Lake.

10 months ago

Great day hike. Last km is pretty tough but the views are great!

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing. Great hike to do with dogs....if they can handle the distance.

hiking
10 months ago

A good hike with 2 lakes to visit. The lakes are surrounding with Castle Mountain and Eisenhower Tower. So beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

The green Tower Lake was really beautiful. Then there's the crazy steep hike up Rockbound Lake. There's a nice view of Tower Lake from up the switchbacks. The Rockbound amphitheatre is enormous. The lake itself was sea blue when we were there. The hike was all worth it.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beautiful trail! Opens up to a gorgeous meadow. However I would wait to hike it when the snow is gone and the ground drys up. It is currently muddy with lots of snow still on the ground . Would be perfect for a sunny day.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hiked on June 19, 2017. The trail is wide and elevation is gradual until you reach the straightaway to the lakes. At the straightaway, the beautiful views open up and Castle Mountain is visible to your left. Additionally, the trail flattens out and becomes very rocky and wet and is covered with roots. Once you arrive at Tower lake, you may find it worthwhile to finish your hike here. The final ascent to Rockbound Lake is very strenuous and the views at the lake aren't anything special. If you do decide to take the ascent, you will be greeted with 3 feet of snow to trek through at the top in order to reach the lakeshore. Be prepared to get wet and muddy feet on this hike, as well as a little chilly if you decide to ascend to Rockbound Lake! I'd recommend hiking this trail later in the year.

Don't forget to check out Silverton Falls on the way up! You'll see a sign on your right side shortly after starting the hike directing you to its location.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Nice views at the top but not worth the 18km hike. Can do more worth while, shorter hikes with equally nice/nicer views. At this point it is also very muddy and snowbound at the top

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

Very enjoyable hike. The hike begins amongst the trees and is fairly gradual. Once you begin the straightaway into the canyon, you be greeted with meadows of mountain flowers and stunning views of Castle Mountain on your left. When you reach the lower lake, take a break. You will need it because the final ascent to the upper lake is very strenuous, but so worth it.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Did this last fall. Long hike up to the lake with nice views of castle mountain. But almost too long.

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

Great hike! Starts out with a steady climb through the forest then it levels out for a bit. Once you reach the beautiful Tower Lake there is a short but steep climb up to Rockbound Lake. Hiking poles were helpful both up and down this steep section as it had been drizzling on and off all day and was slippery. We did this hike in mid September when the Larch trees were changing colour and it was gorgeous! We started the trail at 9am on a Saturday and although the parking lot was full when we finished the hike we didn't feel like the trail was crowded at all! Beautiful views of Castle Mountain and both lakes!

There is a nice detour to Silverton Falls you shouldn't skip! One of my favourite falls in the area and I've never been crowded by people there like at Johnston Canyon.

TIP: although there is an outhouse at the trailhead, the Castle Mountain Junction gas station a few hundred meters away has washrooms that are much nicer to use!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I loved this hike!

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