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Saddle Mountain Via Paradise Valley Trail

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Banff National Park

Saddle Mountain Via Paradise Valley Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,158 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Quick hike and semi steep in a few areas. Nice view of the slopes of Lake Louise. Less traffic than on other side of lake.

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snow
4 days ago

When I went there was only snow at the base. Easy-moderate hike once you get past the snow, made it with no hiking poles. Amazing view of the village, mount Temple, and the surrounding area at the summit.

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icy
snow
21 days ago

Wasn’t able to summit due to hip deep snow at points. Made it to the saddle, however the last 200-300 meters up to the saddle were almost impassible due to snow. It will probably be a month before the trail is clear enough to make it to the top. Otherwise it was a fairly easy hike with nice views.

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snow
1 month ago

May 5th 2020, Didn’t summit, but made it to the saddle separating Fairview and saddle mountain. Deep snow along the entire trail, above the tree line substantially deeper snow. Lots of exposed sections with avalanche potential with all the recent warm weather. Overall was a good day with no wind or clouds! Defiantly a do again once the snow has cleared.

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9 months ago

Amazing! First time there less track with beautiful larch view

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9 months ago

Quite steep, nice views of Lake Louise Ski Resort but not of the lake

hiking
10 months ago

Quick hike and semi steep in a few areas. Nice view of the slopes of Lake Louise. Less traffic than on other side of lake

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10 months ago

Great little hike, dragged my gf up there 10 weeks after her ACL surgery, she huffed and puffed but she made it...good job babe!

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scramble
10 months ago

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11 months ago

Easy hike for some nice views. Be prepared for rock gardens and some light scrambling once you leave the trees. Look hard for the faint trail if you want a smoother path.

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11 months ago

Incredibly beautiful hike up on Canada Day! Trail is well maintained and clearly marked. Steep in sections but not too strenuous of a hike. Took us ~1.5hrs up and 1hr down.

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snow
Fri May 17 2019

Beautiful and quiet trail. Snow packed in May. Snow shoes are a must (in avalanche areas if you punch through you’re up to your chest in snow). I only went about 1/3 of the way before entering avalanche area and turning around (no avalanche experience and it wasn’t worth taking the risk). But from what I did hike/see, this is a beautiful trail that’s worth a look.

Sat Apr 06 2019

Completed this hike on March 31, 2019. Check the avalanche forecast before you go- as the review below stated, this one crosses avalanche run outs a few times, and this is the time of year to start and end early. It was a beautiful hike. Still a lot of snow on this trail. We brought snowshoes plus poles and used them for the last 1/3 of it. The views are amazing from the top. The steeper "short cut" lets you avoid crossing an avalanche run out one time less than the normal path, so something to consider using. It's not as steep as the Prairie Mountain steep section. Definitely want to come back here during the summer!

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Sun Mar 31 2019

Beautiful and rewarding hike. We completed it on March 30, 2019. Had attempted the ascent a week before but turned back due to deep snow, waist high. Snow shoes are the must if you want to summit around this time of the year. BE AWARE: you will be passing three avalanche areas. Ice cleats will make your hike much easier too, especially at the beginning. It gets really icy. This is a popular destination for backcountry skiers also. You’ll have a magnificent view of Mount Temple and surrounding peaks once on the top. We spent an hour up there.

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snow
Mon Jan 21 2019

Did this hike today and it was super snowy, at least 2 feet deep. DO NOT ATTEMPT WITHOUT SNOWSHOES AND POLES (at this time of year). easy to navigate as there were many signs pointing us in the right direction. Pretty easy for the first while with a steeper ascent about 3/4 up. Took us 4 hours round trip with a slow and steady pace, would’ve been faster if it weren’t for the deep snow. We were not worried at all about our safety, but definitely could not have done it without snowshoes. I would recommend skipping the suggested shortcut (signage) on the way up but no problem on the way down.

Tue Oct 16 2018

Great hike. Definitely recommend snow cleats during shoulder season. Late September to early October expect many golden larches along the trail. Do not recommend taking the steeper shortcut for casual hikers. Saw ski marks shown parts of the trail.

Tue Jun 28 2016

Steeeeeep

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