Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: October-22-17

Winter Warning: 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.

Moraine Lake Road is now closed for the season 2017. The road is fully snow covered and there is a zone with a potential avalanche risk. Will reopen in June 2018

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

 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
• 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 Wet and muddy sections.
Marsh Loop Fair Wet and muddy sections
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Fair Wet and muddy sections
Tunnel Campground Loop Fair Wet and muddy sections
Spray River West and East Fair Wet and muddy sections
Goat Creek Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Tunnel Mountain Summit Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Fair Wet and muddy sections
Sulphur Mountain Fair Icy sections, cleats recommended
Stoney Squaw Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Cascade Amphitheatre Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake CLOSED
Stewart Canyon Fair Wet and muddy sections
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Fair Wet and muddy sections
Aylmer Lookout Fair Snow patches. Wet and muddy sections.
Aylmer Pass Fair Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
C-Level Cirque Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
Condition Comments
Healy Pass Fair Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
Bourgeau Lake Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Harvey Pass Fair Snowbound. Steep snow slopes and slippery sections. Travel NOT recommended!
Redearth Creek Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Silverton Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections
Rockbound Lake Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Boom Lake Fair Snow covered with icy sections
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Taylor Lake Fair Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Castle Lookout Fair - Double trackset Icy sections. Snow at higher elevations
Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable conditions. Remaining snow in the higher elevations. Can be slippery and icy. Hiking boots and cleats are recommended.
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Fair Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Pipestone Fair Snow covered
Bow River Loop Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Tramline Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Great Divide Fair Snow covered
Plain of Six Glaciers Fair - icy conditions Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Fair - icy conditions Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Little Beehive Fair - icy conditions Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Big Beehive Poor Not recommended. Snow covered
Fairview Lookout Fair Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Saddleback Poor Not recommended. Snow covered
Paradise Valley
The road for Lake Moraine is now closed for the season. Will reopen in the summer 2018
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Not recommended. Snow covered
Lake Annette Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Giant Steps Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sheol/Paradise Connector Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Not recommended. Snow covered
Skoki
Snow at higher elevation. Slippery and/or icy. Hiking boots and crampons are recommended.
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Red Deer Lakes Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Hidden Lake Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good/fair Snow is remaining in higher elevation. Hiking boots and cleats are recommended.
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Winter conditions Snowbound and icy sections.
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Winter conditions Snowbound and icy sections.
Helen Lake Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Dolomite Pass Winter conditions Snowbound and icy sections.
Bow Glacier Falls Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Bow Summit Lookout Poor Snowbound and icy sections.
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sarbach Lookout Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Glacier Lake Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sunset Lookout Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Sunset Pass Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Nigel Pass Winter conditions Snowbound and icy sections.
Parker Ridge Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Wilcox Pass Poor Snowbound and icy sections.
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