Taylor Lake is a 14.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.0 km Elevation Gain: 924 m Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful lake at the top surrounded by stunning mountains. The hike is worth the breathtaking view at the top. About 4-4.5 hours round trip

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Snowshoed into the lake today. Micro spikes would have been adequate for most of the trail but we were happy to have them as we got closer to the lake...tons of snow off the established trail. You need to watch for skiers as they tend to come up on you fast which is more of a problem coming out as you can’t see them coming. Great day...snowed lightly on the way in and the sun came out at the top.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Trail well packed for most of the way, although the last 500m from the turn off to the lake, snow shoes are 100% required! Keep an eye on your maps not to miss the lake turn off, the trail is packed down by skiers who don't go to the lake, so its easy to miss

hiking
4 months ago

Nice gradual incline, snows pretty packed down but still feels a bit like you’re walking in sand on the way up. We went without snowshoes and managed just fine. Gorgeous views at the lake for lunch, although it is completely snow covered. Only a couple of other people on the trail today. Would love to check out this hike again in the summer!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail was well packed. Don’t miss the turnoff to the lake. The trail is prettier in winter than summer. Gorgeous views at the lake. Snowshoes needed at the lake junction near the top

hiking
4 months ago

Snowshoes were appreciated for the last km of trail.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Hiked this Jan 3rd. Snowshoes highly recommended!

hiking
5 months ago

Snowshoed in. Trail was well-established and packed. Took about 2 hours in and 1 and a bit out. Beautiful at the lake, and peaceful going in, but not the most exciting hike! Great for winter though.

hiking
6 months ago

December 1st, -20 C, easy trail, snow well compacted. The lake obviously is completely frozen but the view is gorgeous. 2 hrs to go to the lake and 1 hr back to the car park.

hiking
snow
7 months ago

October 25th we went on the hike to Taylor Lake. At the start of the trail there was a bit of snow but as going up there was a lot of snow. The trail can be slippery so I do suggest crampons. I would say there is almost 1 1/2 feet of snow right at the lake. Because of the snow conditions it took us a bit more than 2 hrs to get up there. Coming down I am glad we had crampons and was down within an hr.

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

Trail was very snowy in higher elevations. Gorgeous view of snowy lake and mountains at the top .

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hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

The weather was perfect yesterday. The trail was not too busy and the timing with the Larch changing colour was unbelievable!

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The view at the end is great, but most of the hike is through the forest where you can’t see much... I wouldn’t be in a hurry to do it again, although it’s probably quite pretty during the fall when larch trees are changing colour.

backpacking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Nice trail up to the back country campground and the lake. Not difficult, just steady. If it has rained recently expect a LOT of mud at the bottom 1k, and quite a bit of a bog at the top 500m. **NOTE: elevation profile is not accurate. The grade is steady and doesn't have a lump in it like alltrails show.

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 months ago

I really really liked this hike. Was a good incline going up with plenty of flat areas so it's not just a constant punishing climb. The trail follows the creek most of the time so you get some nice water flowing over rocks sounds (practically no mountain views until the top though). There was only a few little muddy sections but with careful foot placement on rocks and logs you can avoid the mud completely. Just before the lake it turns a bit marshy, so you may get your shoes wet at that point. Lake is gorgeous and nice to cool off your feet or jump right in. Only took me a bit over 1.5 hours to reach Taylor lake, so it can be a quick out and back hike if you keep the pace up. I also did O'Brien Lake and it was a total round trip together of about 19km in about 5.5 hours total, that includes a bit of wandering around each of the lakes, so you can probably count on less kms to just get to the lakes. Some bugs at Taylor Lake, and lots of bugs (mosquitos, flies, and horseflies) at O'Brien Lake.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

A pretty decent backcountry trail leading to a nice view point. Got eaten by mosquitos, so pack bug spray. The trail wasn’t muddy and was well maintained at the time I trekked it. Saw some tracks that might’ve been bear tracks, but not quite sure as they were a bit washed out. I had bear spray as a precaution and yelled out during my trek. About 3.5 hours in, 3 hours out.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail in good shape end to end. Minimal wildlife. Fishing ok. A few tent campers looked like they were having a good time. We walked over to O’Brien lake afterwards and liked it more than Taylor.

hiking
10 months ago

Other recent reviews are accurate. This time of year it's not muddy but near the lake it is boggy and waterproof hiking boots are very convenient. Mosquitos were bad unless the wind was blowing but bug spray keeps them at bay, mostly. We got up in 1:45 and didn't hump too hard; probably could have made it to Taylor in 1:30 if we pushed. Same story coming down. Plentiful water along the trail from springs if you have a pump purifier and it's ice cold. If you are fishing up there, use spoons and cast it way out then let it sink awhile before doing varied speed retrieves. There are plenty of very nice cutthroat trout in there.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

We only made it about half a mile in before turning around. Takes you through dense forest with an extremely muddy path. We turned around when we started noticing a uncomfortable number of baby and mommy bear tracks.

hiking
10 months ago

Heavily trafficked trail! Very muddy at the moment. Stayed at the backcountry campground July 6-8 and most of the area is a marshy mess, but it was beautiful despite the wet and cold. The elevation is high but due to the length of the trail it's an easy climb, very wide path suitable for kids.

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