Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: January-18-18

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:
Good. Fresh snow with icy sections. No dogs allowed on groomed cross country trails when snow covered (More info here) The groomed loops in Village 1 campround are closed for the next 2 - 3 weeks during utility work.
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan 11 - L. Minnewanka to Cascade bridge and Upper Bankhead. Cascade bridge to Stoney Creek.
Jan 10 - Tunnel Mountain Trail Court; Spray R. East and West.
Jan 3 - Redearth Creek.
Jan 2 - Trail to Sundance Canyon. Healy Creek.
Dec 30 - Goat Creek.

Condition Comments
Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon Good Double trackset. Dogs permitted.
Spray River West Trail Good Double trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Healy Creek Good Single trackset
Spray River East Trail Good Single trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks
Goat Creek Good Snowmobile packed. No dogs allowed
Lake Minnewanka to Upper Bankhead 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.
Cascade Valley - Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge 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.
Cascade Valley - Cascade Bridge to Stoney Creek Good Single trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Good Single trackset with skating lane. No dogs allowed
Redearth Creek Good 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: Fresh snow with icy sections. Sturdy boots, cleats and poles recommended.
Condition Comments
Fenland Trail Good Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Marsh Loop Good Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Tunnel Mountain Summit Good Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Hoodoos Viewpoint Good Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Johnson Lake Good Compact snow with slippery sections. Sturdy footwear recommended.
Stewart Canyon Good 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 Good Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Westside Good Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended

Snowshoeing/Fat Biking - Banff Area


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

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


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fresh snow with icy sections. 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 Good Icy sections, cleats recommended
Spray Connector Poor Snow covered. Icy Sections. Cleats recommended. No Dogs allowed
Goat Creek and Spray River East Good Groomed and single trackset. No dogs allowed
Tunnel Mountain Drive Fair Compact snow with icy sections
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.

Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Good/Poor
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan. 12 - 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 Fresh Snow/Fair 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 Fresh Snow/Fair 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: Fresh snow.
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 Fresh snow Snowshoeing recommended
# 14 Lake Louise Lakeshore Fresh snow Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
# 18 Mirror Lake Fresh snow Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
# 19 Taylor Lake Snow covered / Variable conditions Snowshoeing recommended
# 15 Fairview Lookout Fresh 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: Fresh snow
RECENT GROOMING:
Jan. 18 - Tramline, Moraine Lake Road (classic & skate); Lake Louise Loop

Jan. 16 - Townsite; Campground Loop; Bow River Loop
Jan. 15 - Pipestone Loop; Hector; Drummond; Merlin
Jan. 13 - Great Divide 1A (classic & skate); Lower Telemark
Jan. 11 - Upper Telemark; Peyto; Bow River Loop
Jan. 10 - Fairview
Condition Comments
# 6 Great Divide Fresh snow 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 Fresh snow Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Fat bikers, snowshoers and hikers please travel beside, not on, the track set
# 3 Lower Tramline Fresh Snow/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 Fresh Snow/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 Fresh snow Trackset classic. No dogs allowed
# 23 Merlin Fresh snow Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 1 Moraine Lake Road Fresh Snow/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 Fresh snow Double trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks.
# 11 Townsite Fresh snow 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 Fresh snow Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 21 Hector Fresh snow Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 22 Drummond Fresh snow Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Hikers and snowshoers please walk beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 10 Campground Loop Fresh snow Double trackset classic. Dogs permitted. Half-loop only: other part in construction.
# 4 Lake Louise Loop Fresh Snow/Good 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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