Taylor Lake

EASY 42 reviews
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Taylor Lake is a 14.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eldon, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14 km
ELEVATION GAIN
924 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

4 days ago

Dec 12, 2017, need micro spikes, lots of snow at the end but still no need snow shoes due to popular trail.

snowshoeing
12 days ago

Dec 2nd // Steady incline but didn't feel too gruesome. Great hike with micro-spikes for the most part, but was very happy to have snowshoes for the last while, as we sunk through the slight snow pack up to our waists. There is also a Y very close to the lake, many people went straight but the path to the left takes you to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Little snow packed the day we went, mostly forested till the end. The traffic was enough that the trail was carved out on the snow n was passable. It's a steady incline for 5 km. There is camping allowed at Taylor Lake, nothing fancy, no fires. The view at the lake is gorgeous. Our walk back turned to mud near the end, and was Thick.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail that is a mixture of roughly flat and incline. Great for a variety of hiking abilities with a great sit down spot up at the lake with a couple small pick nick tables.
My recording was about 12km round trip and only 600m elevation.

5 stars because the views were great, the trail was not very busy, but we did see a handful of other people.

hiking
3 months ago

An excellent hike to the lake from the highway. We went mid August and were eating various berries along the way too.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with lots of uphill. Easy if you hike a lot, but if you don't go hiking often this one will be a challenge. the payoff at the end is great with a beautiful lake (hence the trail name). Someone claimed to have seen a bear going the extra 2 KM to O'Brian Lake off of Taylor lake, so we skipped that. My son, who is very athletic, complained about the incline the entire way up, but was very happy we had finished once he saw the lake and how close we were to the mountains on the other side of the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy trail, beautiful and serene at the lake. Bring bug spray! We did see a black bear by the creek within the first mile of the trail so keep alert with some noises/loud talking.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, you can hear and see waterfalls the entire hike up. Bring bug spray.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike
Uphill all the way to the lake - stunning views!

4 months ago

Makes for a nice easy one night backpacking trip or day trip. Decent elevation gain with 500+m but very well trodden and level trail. We stayed the night up at the lake - beautiful spot to relax and fish (no catches but there are a lot of fish in the lake!). Very buggy around the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Very muddy near the top when I went today, it's like a giant mosquito breeding ground at the top, definitely bring bug spray. View was beautiful though, would definitely backpack here in the future.

hiking
5 months ago

Great day hike with amazing view!!! Definitely recommend bug spray and sun tan lotion. Make sure you have minimum of 2L of water and snacks. Hiking poles are a great thing to have here, also have good hiking shoes that are water proof, especially if you are planning on continuing to the other lakes. I highly recommend to go further. Hike is very easy!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice and lonely. Still some snow!

hiking
5 months ago

Had a great time hiking out to the lake today. Some parts of the trail are tricky to follow because of the snow, but it wasn't too bad. Follow the footsteps and you'll be fine. Not sure if I would backpack out there, all the melting snow made the campsites pretty soaked.

hiking
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike and the views at the end was totally worth it! Last 25 minutes was pretty deep snow in some spots and lots of slush and mud- bring proper footwear!! I would say this trail is easy to moderate, a few straight inclines but also a decent amount of switchbacks. We did this up and down in 3 and a half hours. Trail wasn't too busy, passed about 6 people in total. Overall this hike was amazing in my opinion and would love to do it again in the hotter months.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a nice lake, last 200feet is like a swamp your walking through, bring extra socks if going early summer, was 2ND week of July when we went. Basically straight up

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Did some snowshoeing to Taylor Lake today. Was a beaut!! No where really to stop and eat with so much snow, but we made it work!

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

A long hike through a pretty forest trail that opens into a meadow of marshland and then a pretty lake surrounded by mountains. The larches had pretty much finished. The trail was quiet muddy and be prepared for the marshland just before the lake. It is quite soggy. Bring waterproof boots and an extra pair of socks.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

We had initially planned to do a hike in Lake Louise on the long weekend but we got there too late and Lake Louise was too busy. On our way back to the Banff area we saw the sign for Taylor Lake and decided to pull over to do the hike. We definitely weren't prepared for this hike, we thought it was going to be way shorter than it was but it was absolutely beautiful. I would highly recommend bug spray and waterproof shoes. The majority of the hike is in the shade and when you get to the top you walk through 500 meter of marshland before you get to any sort of dry area but man oh man was it nice up there. Had no idea that there was also a camping area, I would like to go camping there someday!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Beautiful and worth the trip up! make sure to have waterproof shoes! there's a marshy area near the top.

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