Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: November-19-18

GENERAL CONDITIONS
  • Fresh snow has fallen covering sections of trails that are very icy.  Good footwear, cleats and hiking poles are recommended! Use caution!
  • For backcountry trails conditions, please contact one of our visitor centres. Banff: 403-762-1556. Lake Louise: 403-522-1264.
SAFETY WARNINGS
  • Ice skating: Skating on natural ice in the Rockies involves some serious risks. The Red Cross recommends an ice thickness of at least 6". It`s up to YOU to assess the thickness of the ice. More info here.
  • 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.
  • Avalanche conditions at higher elevation! Winter is here.The alpine snowpack is deep and avalanche hazard exists. Expect fresh slab avalanches following storms, avoid steep, sun exposed slopes and carry all of your avalanche gear. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions. 
CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS
  • Road Closures - The Moraine Lake road and the Yoho Valley road (Takakkaw Falls) are now closed for the season. The western section of the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive is also closed during winter. You can still access Lake Minnewanka via the eastern section.  
  • All Closures - For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.
SHARE YOUR TRAIL PICTURES WITH US!
  • Have you been hiking in the last few days? Share a few pictures with us as well as your impressions. This will help us keep this report accurate for other hikers :) banff.vrc@pc.gc.ca
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Cross-Country Ski Trails - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Not enough snow to trackset
RECENT GROOMING:
Condition Comments
#1 Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#2 Spray River West Trail Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#3 Healy Creek Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#4a Cascade Valley - Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#4b Cascade Valley - Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#7 Goat Creek and Spray River Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#8 Brewster Creek Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#9 Redearth Creek Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset
#26 Sundance Trail Thin snow cover Not enough snow to trackset

Snowshoeing Trails - Banff Area


Condition Comments
#10 Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
#11 Upper Stoney Squaw Loop Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#12 Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#13 Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.

Winter Walking Trails - Banff Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS Thin layer of fresh snow over icy sections. Cleats/hiking poles/sturdy boots are recommended.
Condition Comments
#14 Fenland Trail Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#15 Marsh Loop Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#16 Spray Connector Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
#17 Stewart Canyon Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#18 Johnson Lake Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#19a Johnston Canyon - Lower Falls Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#19b Johnston Canyon - Upper Falls Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#20 Tunnel Mountain Summit Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#21 Sulphur Mountain - Eastside Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.
#22 Sundance Canyon Fair Fresh snow over compact snow and icy sections. Cleats recommended.

Fat Biking Trails - Banff Area


Condition Comments
#23 Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#24 Tunnel Mountain Drive Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#25 Spray River East Trail Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#26 Sundance Trail Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#27 Banff Avenue Trail Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#28 Tunnel Bench Loop Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections
#29 Lake Minnewanka Fair Fresh snow over compact snow with slippery sections

Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:
Early season conditions and thin snow coverage
Condition Comments
Castle Junction Not enough snow to trackset. Insufficient snow cover
Castle Mountain Lookout to Protection Mountain Campground Not enough snow to trackset. Insufficient snow cover
Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground Not enough snow to trackset. Insufficient snow cover

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Lake Louise Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Early season condition
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 Snow covered Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
# 14 Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered with icy sections Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
# 18 Mirror Lake Hard packed snow. Avalanche danger after reaching the lake
# 19 Taylor Lake Snow covered Avalanche debris along lakeshore
# 15 Fairview Lookout Snow covered Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
# 26 Laggan's Loop Snow covered Hard packed snow
# 17 “Highline” Trail to Paradise Creek Snow covered Trail infrequently maintained

Cross-Country Skiing - Lake Louise Area Trails


GENERAL CONDITIONS:
All trails are snow covered. Trackset trails recommended
For updates on the Pipestone closure, please call (403) 522-1264
RECENT TRACKSETTING:)
Nov. 20 Moraine Lake Rd; Great Divide or Old "1A"(skate and track set classic);

Nov. 18 - Campground Loop (classic & skate); Bow River Loop (groomed)
Nov. 17 - Lake Louise Shoreline (machine packed only)
Nov. 16 Upper & Lower Tramline (classic only)
Condition Comments
# 6 Great Divide BEAR WARNING 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 Thin snow cover Packed, groomed and skier tracked
# 3 Lower Tramline Good / Fair Single trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks
# 3 Upper Tramline Good / Fair Single trackset. No dogs allowed. Please walk or snowshoe beside tracks, not on the tracks
# 5 Upper Telemark Not trackset yet Snow covered
# 7 Peyto Not trackset yet Snow covered
# 8 Lower Telemark Loop Not trackset yet Snow covered
# 23 Merlin CLOSED – No Entry or Travel. Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
# 1 Moraine Lake Road Good Double trackset classic. Dogs not permitted. For those who are fat biking, snowshoeing or hiking, please travel beside, not on, the tracks set.
# 2 Fairview Not trackset yet Skier tracked. Dogs not permitted.
# 11 Townsite Thin snow cover Packed, groomed and skier tracked
# 20 Pipestone Loop CLOSED – No Entry or Travel. Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
# 21 Hector CLOSED – No Entry or Travel. Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
# 22 Drummond CLOSED – No Entry or Travel. Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
# 10 Campground Loop Good - Single trackset with skating lane Single track set classic. Dogs permitted on leash. Fat bikers, snowshoers and hikers please travel beside, not on, the track set
# 4 Lake Louise Loop Not trackset yet Snow covered

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Bow Summit Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS: Fair
Condition Comments
# 24 Peyto Lake Viewpoint Hard packed snow. Snowshoes or ice cleats recommended
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