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Tower of Babel Route is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,699 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Note: Gorgeous views of lake Moraine at the top, but much more of a scramble than a hike. Almost the entire route is a scramble up loose rocks. After the rock pile, you will have to climb up a gulch that is very slick and requires all four limbs. Do not do this climb when raining, it can be very slippery and dangerous. There is a lot of scrambling on loose rock which makes this hike more difficult.

muddy
scramble
1 day ago

Completed the hike yesterday (Thurs, July 2). Arrived at noon and easily found parking! The weather wasn't in our favour. It rained on and off throughout the day from at least noon to 8:30pm. Any overnight rain would make the gully of scree more muddy and the boulders wet/ slippery. Otherwise, the trail is clear of snow. . It is a short, easy scramble then scree skiing on the way down. Fairly steep but if you stick to the right of the gully you can use the rock face for stability and to climb up like stairs. . A very beautiful view looking down into Moraine Lake. The water was very turquoise today. You can also see Consolation Lakes which are the first lakes you see when you reach the top. I hiked to the lakes after Tower of Babel. It took me 1.5hrs to reach the summit. Would have spent longer at the top but it was raining, cloudy, cold and windy. You're very exposed at the top. Nonetheless, I still got amazing views of the lake . An awesome hike! Highly recommend for a beginner/intermediate scramble BUT you must be comfortable with scree. Sturdy hiking shoes recommended, poles would help but I don't like using them.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Done Fri July 3. Took us 1hr36min up even though we got a little lost at the beginning - if you can, download a map with GPS so you can cross reference where you are supposed to go. Since it starts up a scree gully theres no real trail but make sure you go up the gully on the direct right side of the summit as you look up. There will be a gully further right but this is not correct. The gully is incredibly STEEP - as in, you will need to use all fours especially for the first third of the hike. Then as the gully narrows use holds on the sides to push yourself up. Eventually the scree turns to hard rock that you scramble up - this part is easier than the beginning imo. Once at the top of the gully you are only 5-10min away from the summit so don't give up! Then on return we found it best to go down the middle of the gully on the steep dirt trail and 'ski' down. & I should mention - because this gully is narrow & the scree very loose, wearing a helmet for the section is highly recommended especially if you go at a busy time/day and people are above you. Overall superb views and a relatively quick ascent, but definitely not for those who dont like steep scree.

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail! I tried to do a sunrise hike. Unfortunately I didn’t have the map open on my phone and wasn’t tracking it, so I missed the trail and got lost twice. The “right turn” to get into the trail isn’t marked. It’s just a very narrow opening between the trees. But once I found the trail and hiked up it was fantastic. Superb views. When going up the crevasse, stick to the right. It’s easier to climb up since the rocks act like a big staircase.

scramble
5 days ago

Short but steep - the trail is dry throughout. This is entirely a scramble from the outset, little more climbing required for the peak and navigating yourself around the loose rocks can be a challenge but stick to the sides where larger rocks reside to help ya out!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

hiking
scramble
7 days ago

Amazing, superb, the best :)

hiking
great!
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

2nd time on this peak with my 12 y/o girl. The 1st time was in October 2017. Doing this in summer proved to be much easier. :D 2 hours up & 1.5 hours down. This peak is one of our most favorites. The scramble up and scree down are enjoyable. And the view is out of this world. It's a blessing to be able to spend nearly 3 hours on the summit this time. Trail is completely dry. Stay on left side of the gully for good holds, then as the gully gets narrow, move the right side. Wear helmets! For gorgeous pics and detail, go to : http://cynkoes.wixsite.com/kc-hiking-scrambling/tower-of-babel-summer . My daughter's Insta : minimountaingoat .

8 days ago

June 23, 2020- Beautiful scramble. Trail to gully is difficult and frustrating, gully is fairly easy if you stay on the sides. WEAR A HELMET. We watched multiple rocks fall on both sides. Short but steep, I recommend having experience on scrambles or at least going with someone who has done it.

rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Beautiful little hike.

26 days ago

Moraine Lake Road is now completely dry, and the route to Tower of Babel was about 90% snow-free on June 6th. Watch out for those speed bumps on the way back!

hiking
27 days ago

With the exception of small snow piles at the start of the trail, the entire journey was dry. Once we reached at the peak, the blue sky quickly disappeared, but enjoyed a couple of hours at the summit, as the weather was pleasant (as of June 6). The road is closed and one has to bike 12k to the trailhead.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

6 months ago

Die Bewertung als *schwer* kommt nicht von irgendwo. Unter miesen Wetterverhältnissen war es erstmal schwer den richten Anstieg zu finden. Wir haben uns wohl auch noch für den Falschen entschieden. Nach 4h haben wir endlich die Mitte des Trails erreicht. Es sind nur kleine, lose Steine die den Anstieg wirklich sehr schwer machen. Aber am Ball bleiben, die Aussicht wird sich lohnen! Wir haben abgebrochen da das Wetter uns dazu gezwungen hat, konnten aber vom Mittelplateau schon einiges genießen.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
9 months ago

Completed on 10/1/2019. This hike was all scramble on loose rock. The weather shifted before I arrived in Banff and there was snow on the ground while I climbed. This “hike” requires previous experience on other moderate hikes and some prior training. I would recommend to other mountain enthusiasts.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Straight forward. Stick to the left side of the gully for good handholds once the gully narrows down traverse to the right for better footholds and some easy fun scramble. Easy way down by same route. Views on top are very good! 4 people at the summit! Quiet morning!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely study the map on here and take note of which gully to take. It isnt obvious when you are standing at the base and like so many others have I took the wrong one up. The unfortunate thing is so many people have gone this route it is well worn and looks like the right way. Stay at base and go pretty much to where you are standing directly the Tower and you will see the correct gully. It is much narrower than the one to the right and a more direct route. Highly recommend a helmet or cat like reflexes if anyone is above you. This is definitely a scramble, not a hike, and the rocks are incredibly loose in some areas.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Ya this is definitely more of a scramble than a hike! The trickiest part is “finding” the trailhead, because there isn’t really one! Start by taking the trail to consolation lakes, and then like everyone else said take the gully directly next too the peak all the way up, and then it’s just a short walk from the saddle to the true summit. Incredible views at the top make it worthwhile! And everyone on here is saying that poles are helpful, but tbh I used my hands a lot and I think poles would’ve just been a hinderance or the way down. I also stuck to the side of the gully closest to Moraine Lake and that seemed to be where most of the solid footholds are! It’s pretty technical though, it’s easy enough that I think most moderately in shape/experiences hikers could do it. But that doesn’t mean that they would enjoy it haha.

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