Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: September-25-17

Closures due to wildfires
What is closed:

- Fatigue Creek Trail, Fatigue Pass and Citadel Pass
- Backcountry Campground Su8 (Howard Douglas Lake)
- The Redearth Pass Trail east of Egypt Lake Warden cabin, including the trail to Talc Lake
- In Kootenay National Park: Verdant Creek and Simpson River area
- Some of the trails into the Assiniboine region: Og Pass trail, Allenby Pass trail and the upper Assiniboine Pass trail (Hiker`s bypass)

What is now open:
- All trails in the Egypt Lake area, including Healy Pass Trail and backcountry campgrounds E5, E13, Re16, Re21 and Egypt Lake Shelter
- Brewster Creek trail including Sundance Lodge, BW10 campsite and Halfway Lodge
- Ball Pass trail west of Re21
- Some trails leading to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park including the Lower Assiniboine Pass Trail (Horse Trail) and Wonder Pass Trail
- In Kootenay National Park:  Hawk Creek area, including the trail to Ball Pass
- Backcountry campgrounds Br9, Br13, Br14 and Br17


 Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park closures
The Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is still partially closed. For more information, please consult BC Parks Mt Assinibione Provincial Park page.

For the latest information regarding the closures, please visit our Important Bulletin page or the dedicated Verdant Creek Wildfire site.

THE ELK RUTTING SEASON HAS BEGUN
• Keep at least 30 metres away from all elk and never get between a male and the females.
• Bull elk become extremely aggressive protecting their harems during the mating season.
• Do not park your vehicle between a male and the females; elk may charge at your vehicle, which may result in damage.

Banff Area
Condition Comments
Fenland Good
Marsh Loop Good
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Good
Tunnel Campground Loop Good
Spray River West and East Good
Goat Creek Good
Tunnel Mountain Summit Good
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Good
Sulphur Mountain Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Stoney Squaw Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Cascade Amphitheatre Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake CLOSED
Stewart Canyon Fair
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Fair
Aylmer Lookout Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Aylmer Pass Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
C-Level Cirque Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
Condition Comments
Cory Pass Loop Poor Not recommended. Snow covered
Healy Pass Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Bourgeau Lake Fair Snowpatches at higher elevations
Harvey Pass Poor Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Redearth Creek Good
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Good
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Good
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Good
Silverton Falls Good
Rockbound Lake Fair Wet sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Boom Lake Good
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Taylor Lake Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Castle Lookout Fair Snowpatches at higher elevations
Banff Park South Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fresh snow
Condition Comments
Bryant Creek Trail to Assiniboine Pass Open Snow at higher elevations
Wonder Pass Trail Open Snow above treeline
Citadel Pass Trail CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Brewster Creek Good
Bow Valley Highline Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fresh snow in the area. Can be slippery, hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Healy Pass Trail to Egypt Lake Fair Snow at higher elevations
Whistling Valley Trail Fair Snow at higher elevations
Pharaoh Creek Trail Fair Fresh snow
Redearth Creek to Shadow Lake Fair Fresh snow
Shadow Lake Fair Fresh snow
Vista Lake / Twin Lakes / Gibbon Pass Fair Fresh snow
Sawback Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fair/Poor. Fresh snow at higher elevations.
Condition Comments
Elk Lake/Summit Trail Fair Snow at higher elevations
Forty Mile Creek & Mystic Pass Trail Fair Snow at higher elevations
Forty Mile Summit & Sawback Lake Trail Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Johnston Creek & Luellen Lake Trail Good Wet and muddy sections.
Badger Pass Trail Not maintained Snow at higher elevations
Pulsatilla Pass Trail Not maintained Snow at higher elevations
Banff Park Front Ranges
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Trails are mainly dry. Many trails have minor slumping or have been eroded by the river. Travel by horse should still be possible for most sections but riders should be prepared to find detours.
Condition Comments
Cascade Valley Trail Fair / Good
Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Remaining snow in the higher elevations. Can be slippery, hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Good
Pipestone Good
Bow River Loop Good
Tramline Good
Great Divide Good
Plain of Six Glaciers Good
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Good
Little Beehive Good Packed and graded
Big Beehive Good Snow patches at higher elevations. Muddy sections below
Fairview Lookout Good
Saddleback Fair Snow patches at higher elevations. Muddy sections below
Paradise Valley
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good in general but few patches of snow in higher elevation. Can be slippery on Sentinel Pass trail, hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Good Packed and graded
Lake Annette Good Packed and graded
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Good Packed and graded
Giant Steps Good Packed and graded
Sheol/Paradise Connector Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Moraine Lake Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good overall conditions. Snow traces in higher elevation. Can be slippery, hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Good Packed and graded
Consolation Lakes Good
Eiffel Lake Fair Snow patches at higher elevations. Muddy sections below
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Moraine Lake Highline Good
Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail and Rockpile Good
Wenkchemna Pass Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Skoki
Bears frequenting the area. Be bear aware! Thin snow at higher elevation. Can be slippery and/or muddy. Hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Good / Fair Snow at higher elevations
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Good / Fair Snow at higher elevations
Red Deer Lakes Good / Fair Muddy sections
Hidden Lake Good / Poor Snow at higher elevations
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fair/Poor. Snow is remaining in higher elevation. Hiking boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Helen Lake Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Dolomite Pass Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Bow Glacier Falls Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Bow Summit Lookout Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Sarbach Lookout Good / Excellent Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Glacier Lake Good / Fair Packed and graded
Sunset Lookout Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Sunset Pass Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Nigel Pass Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Parker Ridge Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Wilcox Pass Good / Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
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