Taylor Lake is a 8.5 mile 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, running, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.5 miElevation gain2,975 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockySnow
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This is a gradual, mostly forested uphill trail to the lake, including then a stunning panoramic view of the mountain peaks. For more information about closures and openings, please review the park website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/covid-19-info

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Amy Govan
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I would say this trail is on the easier side of moderate. Nice forest trail that opens up to mountains and the lake which is really pretty. Quite slippery with the snow melting and a lot of icy spots- would recommend crampons if you have them, but can definitely do without. Took 2.5 hours to get in and 2 to get back out at a slower pace.

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James Brown
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Great trail through forest. Scenery at end fantastic. Not 900 m elevation. My altimeter has it at 600 m like others reported.

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Erika H
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I liked this trail a fair bit, it had a nice continual elevation gain, slope never as steep as Sulfur or Prairie Mountain, but it continued over a longer distance. Had been hoping for a good view of Castle Mountain but trees covered the whole way so the best view is from the parking lot unfortunately. Trail is still well packed snow, just starting to get slushy in places. I'd guess 2-3 weeks before the trail starts to get muddy. Microspikes recommended, no poles needed. The direction sign at the top has melted out, but the additional trail to O'Brien and Boom lakes and the picnic tables haven't. Garmin clocked it at 13.5km and 910m, but phone picked up 15.9km and 620m, so I really have no idea how long this one was, but it took 3 hours 45 minutes total.

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Carmen Olsen
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HikingGreat!

Lovely day for a snowy hike!! Trail was packed down due to lots of traffic and all the backcountry skiers practically paved us a road. Lots of fresh soft snow so no slippery sections and no spikes required (but always bring them with you because conditions can change on a dime and i heard it was super icy and slippery a few weeks ago). Did not go swimming this go round as there was lots of white fluffy stuff on the lake but we swam in spirit. Also we could not find the picnic tables for lunch - I think they were completely buried because the snow was so deep - so bring a butt pad.

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Alice Gifford
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Fantastic day !! Lots of snow. Had crampons but likely could have done without. Didn’t use my poles.

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Deidra Hooper
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Apr. 2/21- Long trail through the forest, but still pretty. Trail is snow packed. Crampons helpful but not necessary. It was a quiet day on the trail. Only saw a few groups and we were by ourselves at the top. At the fork near the top, stay left to go to the lake. It is not marked (unless the sign is buried under snow). There is still 5-6 feet of snow on the ground at the top. A great day for enjoying a long hike. Elevation is only about 600 m, not 900.

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Tyler Blaz
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Great hike, crampons would be useful for the ice. Otherwise the snow was nicely packed down.

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Gilad Streiner
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I’d give the trail itself a 1/5. A boring, slowly ascending trail through the trees for ~7km. At the moment snow is well packed, but a traction device would still help. Taylor Lake itself is very stunning so makes up for the hike

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Karen Sutherland
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HikingGreat!Snow

A very well maintained trail and we had it all to ourselves. A lot of powder, but it was nicely packed - looser toward the top. Poles were a must. Stunning views at the top.

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Krysta Patchett
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A long, uphill forested trail. Very well packed down, icy patches in a few spots. Microspikes were helpful but not required. Once you reach the lake, absolutely stunning, beautiful views.

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Chad Gillies
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HikingGreat!

Trail was in great condition. Micro spikes were nice to have. The elevation is incorrect. When we reached the lake it was just over 600 meters

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Kristie S
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Dog friendly 5/5 Elevation gain: 563 m Moving time: 3:36 out and back Perfect trail for shoulder season. We saw very few people and it was peaceful and beautiful. We did have micro spikes and recommended.

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Yannick Labonte
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Bonnie Rink
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HikingGreat!

This trail was a bit challenging near the top but well worth the beautiful view. Trail was well marked. Snowshoes not necessary on trail but we had crampons.

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Davide Reds
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Ron Strauss
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HikingGreat!

A very well maintained trail, mostly through the forest. We did not find the lake all that great. A lot of snow at the higher elevations.

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Bill Cooling
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An easy gradual hike to a mini Lake Louise. Trail is well packed, multi use so watch for skiers. Weather today was not clear which is unfortunate because the views would be spectacular. Only saw 3 other people today, surprising but from trail conditions and location I’d assume it can be very busy.

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Lindsay Hunt
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HikingGreat!Snow

The trail was very compacted with a steady gradual climb to the lake. The trail softened approximately 500 m out from the lake. Backcountry skiers’ tracks continued into the lake and along the shoreline. We did attempt to continue, but we soon found ourselves waist deep in snow (without snowshoes). As others have said, the trail is in the trees most of the way until you hit the lake. Today views of the surrounding peaks were limited due to the the cloud cover - Mount Bell was the most visible with partial views of Bident and Panorama. On the descent, the sun started to appear only making us wish we were back up at the lake experiencing the mountain vistas dropping into Taylor Lake. Very quiet day on the trail as we ran into only 3 hikers on the descent.

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Nathalie Leclerc
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Lanell Jacobsen
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beautifully packed down trail! a bit steeper than anticipated but a gradual incline the whole way. in the trees probably 95% of the trail till it opens up just before the lake. the lake was beautiful, plan on coming back in the autumn to see the larches! Took us about 4 and a half hours with LOTS of breaks

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Anne Van Brussel
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Kendra Neufeld
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Did this on Jan 21, very cold probably colder than-20 at top but very beautiful. We missed the lake and started following back country ski trail way up again and up to another lake. We put on snowshoes around Taylor lake,we must have missed a turn into Taylor lake? Rest of trail below that is groomed and packed. Took us about 4-5 total to do about 21km. I’d say it takes about 2.5-3hrs to get to Taylor lake. So beautiful once you’re up high!

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Carrie Capon
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SnowshoeingGreat!

Great trail, Lake was stunning with the mountains in the background! Around 3 pm the sun was behind the mountain and there was a bone chilling breeze but still beautiful! Not sure how cold it was up there but it was really really cold. I was warm with the steady snowshoeing but got a chill up top because I cooled down too much. Took 15 min at the top and then headed back down after a pee break and pictures. Would have stayed longer if it was warmer and the sun was upon me. Beware of downhill skiers! Some are not careful or respectful and ski down and around blind corners too fast. One almost took me out and I fell backwards! Jerk! Started on snoeshoes at 11:30 am and -23 at the trailhead and reached it at around 2:45 with lil to no breaks. First part of the trail is relatively flat. After the first small section and where you start to switch back you will notice significant incline and elevation gain. After all it is 600 m or so. respectful and easy for me. But gradually none the less with some steeper sections. I'm in pretty good shape and had a steady pace and it took me just over 3 hrs up and close to 2 down or an hr 45 min. Microspikes or snoeshoes are important. Not sure why ppl on here are saying they snowshoed it round trip in 3 to 3 and a half hrs. I call BS on that coming from a person in good shape and had what I feel was a steady pace. maybe they were elite snowshoers trying to race up and down.

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Rheanna Zaretski-Cole
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Trail was packed, no need for spikes or snowshoes.

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Calvin Ngai
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Mike Harris
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completed today and a good 4 star trail. it starts with about 1k of pretty flat terrain and then a slow and gradual incline that continues pretty much all the way to the taylor lake. as most state, the entire route is in the trees so no views until the end which really are great. a good cardio workout overall.

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