At certain times of the year, access to Moraine Lake trails may be managed to protect visitors and to minimize disturbance to bears. When in place, seasonal restrictions keep trails open, hikers safe, and bears healthy. We enjoy the Moraine Lake area for its beauty but bears rely on it to make a living. Please give bears the space they need. 

Moraine Lake trail restrictions are often in effect from mid-July through mid-October. Check Important Bulletins to see if they are currently in place.

When in effect, where do the restrictions apply? 

Note: The popular Lakeshore and Rockpile trails at Moraine Lake are not included in this area.

Seasonal trail restrictions in the Moraine Lake area 
Group access and biking restriction area near Moraine Lake

What does this mean for visitors?

Hiking

  • Hikers are legally required to travel in a tight group of four or more when Group Access is in effect.
  • Applies to Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, Sentinel Pass, Wasatch Pass, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemna Pass, Sheol Valley and Paradise Valley. Also applies to a 3.8 km section of the Moraine Lake Highline Trail, from the Moraine Lake Lodge north-east to the Moraine Lake Road ‘biking connector trail’. See map for details.
  • Does not apply to the Lakeshore and Rockpile trails at Moraine Lake.

Biking

  • Biking is prohibited on a portion of the Moraine Lake Highline Trail when Group Access is in effect.
  • Applies to the last 3.8 km if the Moraine Lake Highline Trail leading to the Moraine Lake Lodge.
  • Does not apply to the lower portion of the trail. Bikers can join the Moraine Lake road via a short connector trail before entering the restricted area.

Camping

  • The Paradise Valley Campground is closed when Group Access is in effect.

Horseback Riding

  • Horse users must travel with two or more riders in Paradise Valley when Group Access is in effect.

What do I need to know about safety?

While all of Banff National Park is bear country, if you’re hiking in a "core area", you’re really in bear country.

  • Prepare - carry bear spray & know how to handle an encounter
  • Be aware - slow down, look ahead & watch for tracks, droppings, and diggings
  • Let bears know your there - travel in a group & make noise

Learn more about bear safety here:

How can I plan ahead?

Before you depart for your day on the trail:

Thank you for your cooperation and have a great day on the trail!