Moraine Lake Area Trails: Group Access

Moraine Lake is a key area for grizzly bears in Banff National Park. It contains critical bear habitat where a concentration of female grizzlies live and raise their cubs. Visitor access is managed in order to protect visitors and minimize disturbance to bears.

Seasonal Trail Restriction 

Group Access Area at Moraine Lake
Group Access Area near Moraine Lake

Group Access

*Group Access legally requires people to travel in a tight group of four or more. Moraine Lake Group Access is usually in effect from mid-July through mid-October. Check Important Bulletins to see if it is currently in place.*

Does not apply to the Lakeshore and Rockpile trails at Moraine Lake.

Applies to Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, Sentinel Pass, Wasatch Pass, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemna Pass, Sheol Valley and Paradise Valley.

  • Campers - The Paradise Valley Campground is closed under Group Access.
  • Horse users - Horse users must travel with two or more riders in Paradise Valley under Group Access.
  • Cyclists - Group Access does not affect the Moraine Lake Highline trail. A section of trail near Moraine Lake is closed mid to late summer when fruit bearing shrubs, such as buffaloberry, ripen. Riders can get to the Moraine Lake road via a short connector trail. Please bike in a bear aware manner at all times.

Staying Safe

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

Plan Ahead