Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: January-22-18

AVALANCHE SEASON IS HERE
Know before you go, don`t take risk! 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.

BANFF LEGACY TRAIL - WINTER WARNING
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.

ATTENTION WILD SKATERS!
Ice thickness of at least 6" is recommended for safety; the thicker the ice, the better. It`s up to YOU to assess the thickness of the ice. Please visit this page for more information on ice safety.

CLOSURES - WILDFIRES
Some 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, Verdant Creek and Simpson River area (Kootenay), parts of the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park (More info here). Please visit our Important Bulletin page for more information.

 

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Cross-Country Skiing - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fair.
Recent rain has created icy conditions on the trails at lower elevations. No dogs allowed on groomed cross country trails when snow covered (More info here)
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan 21 - Redearth Creek.
Jan 20 - Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court.
Jan 11 - L. Minnewanka to Cascade bridge and Upper Bankhead. Cascade bridge to Stoney Creek.
Jan 10 - Spray R. East and West.
Jan 2 - Trail to Sundance Canyon. Healy Creek.
Dec 30 - Goat Creek.

Condition Comments
Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon Fair Double trackset. Dogs permitted.
Spray River West Trail Fair Double trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Healy Creek Fair Single trackset
Spray River East Trail Fair Single trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks
Goat Creek Fair Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead Fair 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.
Cascade Valley - Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge Fair - Double trackset 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.
Cascade Valley - Cascade Bridge to Stoney Creek Good Single trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Fair Single trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Redearth Creek Excellent Single track set classic. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, walking or snowshoeing, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.

Snowshoeing/Winter Hiking - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Recent rain has created icy conditions on the trails. Sturdy boots, cleats and poles recommended.
Condition Comments
Fenland Trail Fair Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Marsh Loop Fair Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Tunnel Mountain Summit Fair Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Hoodoos Viewpoint Fair Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Johnson Lake Fair Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Stewart Canyon Fair Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Johnston Canyon Good Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Good Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Fair Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended

Snowshoeing/Fat Biking - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Recent rain has created icy conditions on the trails. No dogs allowed on groomed cross country trails when snow covered (More info here)
Condition Comments
Spray River East Trail Fair Single trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks
Upper Stoney Squaw Loop Fair Compact snow with icy sections
Banff Avenue Trail Fair Icy sections
Tunnel Loop Fair Compact snow with icy sections
Lake Minnewanka Fair Compact snow with icy sections

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


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Recent rain has created icy conditions on the trails. Studded tires recommended for trails. Sturdy boots, cleats and poles recommended. No dogs allowed on groomed cross country trails when snow covered (More info here)
Condition Comments
Brewster Creek Fair Icy sections, cleats recommended
Spray Connector Poor Snow covered. Icy Sections. Cleats recommended. No Dogs allowed
Goat Creek and Spray River East Fair Groomed and single trackset. No dogs allowed
Tunnel Mountain Drive Fair Compact snow with icy sections
Redearth Creek 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.

Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Good/Poor
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan. 19 - Baker Creek to Castle Mt Lookout
Jan. 2 - Castle Junction & Protection Mtn to Castle Mountain Lookout (machine packed)
Condition Comments
Castle Junction Fresh Snow/Poor Packed for skiing. Dogs permitted
Castle Mountain Lookout to Protection Mountain Campground Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Lake Louise Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good
Sturdy hiking boots, cleats, snowshoes and hiking poles recommended.
For those wishing to venture beyond the limits of the trails listed below, assume that they are travelling in avalanche terrain and should be prepared with the appropriate knowledge, skills and equipment. For more information, visit a Parks Canada visitor centre.
Condition Comments
# 16 Louise Creek Snow covered / Variable conditions Snowshoeing recommended
# 14 Lake Louise Lakeshore Hard packed snow. Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
# 18 Mirror Lake Hard packed snow. Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
# 19 Taylor Lake Snow covered / Variable conditions Snowshoeing recommended
# 15 Fairview Lookout Hard packed snow. Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
# 26 Laggan's Loop Snow covered / Variable conditions Snowshoeing recommended
# 17 “Highline” Trail to Paradise Creek Snow covered / Variable conditions Trail infrequently maintained

Cross-Country Skiing - Lake Louise Area Trails


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan. 22 - Great Divide 1A (classic & skate); Lower Telemark
Jan. 21 - Pipestone; Hector; Drummond; Merlin
Jan. 20 - Moraine Lake Road (classic & skate); Campground Loop; Bow River Loop
Jan. 19 - Fairview; Lake Louise shoreline
Jan. 18 - Tramline; Lake Louise (lake surface section)
Jan. 16 - Townsite
Jan. 11 - Upper Telemark; Peyto
Condition Comments
# 6 Great Divide 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.
# 9 Bow River Loop Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Fat bikers, snowshoers and hikers please travel beside, not on, the track set
# 3 Lower Tramline 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.
# 3 Upper Tramline Good Double trackset classic. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, snowshoeing or hiking, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 5 Upper Telemark Fresh snow Double trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks.
# 7 Peyto Fresh snow Double trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks.
# 8 Lower Telemark Loop Good Trackset classic. No dogs allowed
# 23 Merlin Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 1 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.
# 2 Fairview Good Double trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks.
# 11 Townsite Good Double track set. Dogs permitted on leash. For those who fat bike, hike or snowshoe, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set
# 20 Pipestone Loop Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 21 Hector Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 22 Drummond Good Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 10 Campground Loop Good Double trackset classic. Dogs permitted. Half-loop only: other part in construction.
# 4 Lake Louise Loop Fair Double trackset both portions of the loop (lake surface and summer horse trail). Separate path for walkers on lake surface.

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Bow Summit Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good
Condition Comments
# 24 Peyto Lake Viewpoint Snow covered / Variable conditions Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
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