Rockbound Lake

MODERATE 54 reviews
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Rockbound Lake is a 17.7 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
17.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
905 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 days 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
1 month 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!

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
2 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

3 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 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...

3 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

hiking
3 months ago

3 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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago