Hiking Options

  • Caldron Lake Beautiful lake above Peyto lake. Start at the viewing platform and continue downhill heading west to the beginning of the lake. Continue toward the creek, cross it at the bridge. From there you will see a trail going up to Caldron Lake. If you continue on the moraine, there will be another beautiful viewpoint on Peyto Glacier.
  • Sentinel Pass-Larch Valley Walk up into gorgeous Larch Valley. Walk through the valley and you will see between Mt Tempel and Pinnacle Mountain Sentinel Pass from which you will have a view on the 10 Peaks and into Paradise Valley. Just walk for another 100 meters on this pass towards Mt Tempel to get the best view ever.
  • Iceline At the hostel find the trailhead going right into the forest and onto the ridge line, an ancient moraine. Some people walk to the highest point to have a great overview of Takkakaw Falls and behind the Wapta and Waputik glaciers as well as the President’s glacier.
  • Skoki Lodge is one of the oldest lodges in the Park. Walk from the Skoki parking lot on this forest road and pass the Lake Louise ski slopes into this great valley. Walk up Boulder Pass for an exciting view onto Ptarmigan Peak and the panorama. Walk around the lake until you will see the trail over Deception Pass. Now it is just a short stroll to walk to Skoki.
  • Healy Pass Its trailhead is behind the Sunshine Ski hill gondola. It goes through quite a bit of forest with enough clearings to make this trail very enjoyable. The walk to the pass is fantastic and if you are at the right time in a sea of wild flowers. The gorgeous views from the pass are definitely worthwhile one of the big panoramas in the park.
  • Lake Bourgeau is just next to Banff and one of the 4 star hikes. It goes over very diverse terrain. Your will have to cross two waterfalls . The last one has no bridge but there are exciting options. Finally at the top of the last waterfall the valley opens as you approach the lake. The best views although are from a point a little higher up to the North of this valley. Walk up to the second lake and go South on the ridge for a grea t panorama.
  • Cory-Edith Pass is a steep but very rewarding hike. It climbs up immediately but you will have views into the Bow valley instantly. At a certain point you will be following a ridge and then walk underneath wild Mt Edith slopes to the pass. The best view is 20 meters South from the pass on the ridge into the hidden valley.
  • Sulpher Mt from the Back Many people experience Sulphur Mountain from the gondola, some walk up underneath the gondola and I cannot blame them if they never walk up a mountain again. The best way is the trail from the back of Sulphur Mountain as you will have views and sun all the way to the top. It is easy to find walk past the Cave and Basin and keep walking until the last turn before the Canyon. This is a trail intersection and select the one going uphill to your left. Keep your right at different other trail intersections to the top.
  • Chester Lake is an easy walk from the big parking lot. Once at the lake enjoy the panorama and should you want to get the best of it, take this trail going from the shoreline left into the woods. It leads to a boulder field and finally above treeline. The best view is from this area.
  • Highline around lake O’Hara this is the best of the best of the best. If you are lucky you have a bus ticket to Lake O’Hara. The trailhead is close to the warden cabin and goes up above treeline circling around the lake.