Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: November-23-17

AVALANCHE SEASON IS HERE
The first major avalanche cycle of the season has started. Avoid all avalanche terrain. Know before you go! Please visit avalanche.pc.gc.ca for the latest avalanche conditions. You can consult our staff at the Parks Canada visitor centres for further advice on safe trails. 

WINTER WARNINGS
- Banff Legacy Trail: A winter warning of the Banff Legacy Trail is in effect. Use of the trail is not recommended as it is not maintained in the winter. Hazards may include snow plow debris, closed gates, icy sections and deep snow

ROAD CLOSURES
- Moraine Lake Road is closed to vehicles in the winter season. It will reopen in May 2018.
- The western part of the Bow Valley Parkway (1A), between Lake Louise and Baker Creek chalets is closed for construction until summer 2018. This includes the Morant`s Curve Viewpoint.

CLOSURES - WILDFIRES
The following backcountry trails/areas remain closed due to the 2017 summer wildfires:
- Fatigue Creek Trail, Fatigue Pass and Citadel Pass
- Backcountry Campground Su8 (Howard Douglas Lake)
- The Redearth Pass Trail east of Egypt Lake including the trail to Talc Lake
- In Kootenay National Park: Verdant Creek and Simpson River area-
- Parts of the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park: More info here
- For the latest information regarding the closures, please visit our Important Bulletin page.

Cross-Country Skiing - Banff Area


Tracksetting has not yet started for the season.
Condition Comments
Spray River West Trail Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Cascade Valley - Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Cascade Valley - Cascade Bridge to Stoney Creek Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed

Snowshoeing/Winter Hiking - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Winter has arrived. Sturdy boots, cleats and poles recommended. Not enough snow for snowshoeing.
Condition Comments
Fenland Trail Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Marsh Loop Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Tunnel Mountain Summit Poor - recent rain Icy sections, cleats recommended
Hoodoos Viewpoint Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Johnson Lake Closed Closed for maintenance
Stewart Canyon Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Johnston Canyon Fair Icy. Cleats recommended
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Fair Icy sections, cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Not recommended Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Sulphur Mountain Westside Not recommended Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended

Snowshoeing/Fat Biking - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Studded tires recommended on trails. Not enough snow for snowshoeing.
Condition Comments
Spray River East Trail Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Upper Stoney Squaw Loop Poor - recent rain Snow covered with icy sections
Banff Avenue Trail Poor - recent rain Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Tunnel Loop Poor - recent rain Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Lake Minnewanka Poor - recent rain Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Snowshoeing/Winter Hiking/Fat Biking/Cross-Country Skiing - Banff Area


Studded tires recommended for trails. Sturdy boots, cleats and poles recommended. Not enough snow for snowshoeing. Tracksetting has not yet started for the season.
Condition Comments
Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon Poor - recent rain Icy conditions / variable snow
Healy Creek Poor - recent rain Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Brewster Creek Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Spray Connector Poor - recent rain Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Goat Creek and Spray River Poor - recent rain Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Tunnel Mountain Drive Poor - recent rain Icy sections
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Poor - recent rain Not enough snow to trackset
Redearth Creek Poor - recent rain Snow covered with icy sections

Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Tracksetting has not yet started for the season.
Condition Comments
Castle Junction Not enough snow to trackset. Not enough snow to trackset
Castle Mountain Lookout to Protection Mountain Campground Not enough snow to trackset. Not enough snow to trackset
Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Not enough snow to trackset. Not enough snow to trackset

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Lake Louise Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: 15 mm of rain received in the last 24 hours, covering fresh snow and creating heavy wet snow / icy conditions. Sturdy hiking boots, cleats, snowshoes and hiking poles recommended. Be aware that many popular summer trails are snow-covered, impassable and enter hazardous avalanche terrain.
Condition Comments
Louise Creek Snow covered Rain is creating very icy conditions. Cleats recommended.
Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered Icy sections, cleats recommended
Mirror Lake, via Lake Agnes hiking trail Snow covered Rain is creating very icy conditions. Cleats recommended.
Taylor Lake Fresh snow Snowshoeing recommended
Fairview Lookout Snow covered Rain is creating very icy conditions. Cleats recommended.
Laggan's Loop Snow covered Snow covered / Variable conditions
“Highline” Trail to Paradise Creek Fresh snow Trail not frequently maintained

Cross-Country Skiing - Lake Louise Area Trails


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Past 24 hours, 15 mm of rain received. Warm temperatures and freezing at night forecasted for the next few days. days.
RECENT GROOMING:
Nov. 22 - Moraine Lake Rd: Double track set classic only. Nov. 20, groomed for skating
Nov. 22 - Tramline: Double track set
Nov. 20 - Great Divide Trail: Skate & Classic
Nov. 18 - Pipestone (summer bike trail section only) has been machine packed Very thin snow conditions.
Condition Comments
Great Divide BEAR WARNING Double trackset classic with skating lane. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, snowshoeing or hiking, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
Bow River Loop Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Lower Tramline Fresh Snow/Fair Single track set classic. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, walking or snowshoeing, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
Upper Tramline Fresh Snow/Fair Double trackset classic. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, snowshoeing or hiking, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
Upper Telemark Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Peyto Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Lower Telemark Loop Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Merlin Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Moraine Lake Road Good Double trackset classic with skating lane. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, snowshoeing or hiking, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
Fairview Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Townsite Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Pipestone Loop Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Hector Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Drummond Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Campground Loop Fresh snow Not yet trackset
Lake Louise Loop Fresh snow Not yet trackset

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Bow Summit Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fair
Condition Comments
Peyto Lake Viewpoint Snow covered / Variable conditions Rain is creating very icy conditions. Cleats recommended.
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