Saddle Mountain Via Paradise Valley Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Saddle Mountain Via Paradise Valley Trail is a 8.2 kilometer 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.

8.2 km
658 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching



17 days ago

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!

22 days ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


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Monday, September 12, 2016