Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: September-24-18

GENERAL CONDITIONS

  • A fresh layer of snow covers most trails. Wet and muddy conditions otherwise.
  • Expect winter conditions at higher elevations and on backcountry trails.
  • Some trails have become quite slippery. Good footwear and hiking poles are a must! Use caution!

SAFETY WARNINGS

  • The elk rutting season has begun and will last until mid-October. Bull elk are dangerous! Keep at least 30 metres away from all elk and never get between a male and the females.
  • A wolf warning is now in effect for the southern portion of the Bow Valley Parkway. More info here.

CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS 

  • All Closures - For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.

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Banff Area
Condition Comments
Fenland Fair Muddy sections
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Fair Muddy sections
Spray River West and East Fair Muddy sections
Marsh Loop Fair Muddy sections
Tunnel Campground Loop Fair Muddy sections
Tunnel Mountain Summit Fair Wet and muddy sections
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Fair Muddy sections
Stoney Squaw Fair Wet and muddy sections
Cascade Amphitheatre Poor Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Sulphur Mountain Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Goat Creek Fair Wet and muddy sections
Lake Minnewanka Area
Ongoing road re-construction atop the Lake Minnewanka dam. The road is closed to through traffic. Access to Minnewanka Day Use Area is possible via the western section of the Minnewanka loop. The Two Jack campgrounds are accessible via the eastern section of the loop.
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Stewart Canyon Fair Wet and muddy sections
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Fair Wet and muddy sections
Cascade Valley Trail Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
C-Level Cirque Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Aylmer Pass Fair / Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Aylmer Lookout Fair / Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
Wolf Warning in effect for the southern part of the Bow Valley Parkway. More info here.
Condition Comments
Silverton Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Fair Wet and muddy sections
Sunshine Meadows / Rock Isle Lake Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Boom Lake Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Rockbound Lake Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Castle Lookout Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Bourgeau Lake Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Healy Pass Fair Snow covered
Harvey Pass Poor Snow covered
Redearth Creek Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Cory Pass Loop Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Taylor Lake Fair Fresh snow
Banff South Area - Backcountry Trails
SEASONAL TRAIL RESTRICTION FOR ALLENBY PASS: You must travel in groups of 4 or more, bear spray is mandatory, dogs are not permitted. Upper Assiniboine Pass Trail is closed. More info here.
BEAR WARNING for Upper Spray Valley. More information here.
Condition Comments
Bryant Creek Trail to Assiniboine Pass Fair / Poor Assiniboine pass is still accessible via the lower trail (horse trail). The high trail (hiker's bypass) is closed.
Wonder Pass Trail Poor Snow covered
Citadel Pass Trail Fair / Poor Snow covered
Brewster Creek Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Bow Valley Highline Area - Backcountry Trails
Condition Comments
Healy Pass Trail to Egypt Lake Fair Snow covered
Whistling Valley Trail Poor Snow covered
Pharaoh Creek Trail Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Redearth Creek to Shadow Lake Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Vista Lake / Twin Lakes / Gibbon Pass Fair Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Sawback Area - Backcountry Trails
Condition Comments
Elk Lake/Summit Trail Fair / Poor Elk Lake Summit is accessible. Further down the trial, there's a dangerous river ford over the Cascade River.
Forty Mile Creek & Mystic Pass Trail Poor Snow covered
Forty Mile Summit & Sawback Lake Trail Fair / Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Johnston Creek & Luellen Lake Trail Fair / Poor Fresh snow / Muddy conditions
Badger Pass Trail Poor Snow covered
Pulsatilla Pass Trail Poor Snow covered
Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Parking is very limited at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Use the shuttle at the Lake Louise Overflow Parking, located 6 kms east of Lake Louise village on Highway 1.
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Pipestone CLOSED Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
Bow River Loop Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Tramline Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Louise Creek Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Great Divide Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Plain of Six Glaciers Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Little Beehive Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Big Beehive Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Fairview Lookout Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Saddleback Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Lake Louise Lakeshore Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
Paradise Valley
Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations.
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Lake Annette Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Giant Steps Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Sheol/Paradise Connector Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Moraine Lake Area
Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations.
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Consolation Lakes Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Eiffel Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Moraine Lake Highline Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Wenkchemna Pass Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Rockpile viewpoint Fresh Snow/Fair Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
Skoki
Caution! Be aware of resident porcupines. They are in search of salt from your hiking boots. Store boots away from your tent and up high. Late season hiking conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at high elevations
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Red Deer Lakes Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Hidden Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at high elevations.
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Helen Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Dolomite Pass Fresh Snow/Poor Snow covered
Bow Glacier Falls Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Bow Summit Lookout Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Sarbach Lookout Road access closed CLOSED
Glacier Lake Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Sunset Lookout Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Sunset Pass Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Nigel Pass Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Parker Ridge Fresh Snow/Fair Snow covered
Bow Summit/Peyto Lake Fresh Snow/Poor Fresh snow has fallen. Icy sections
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