Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: May-19-19

GENERAL CONDITIONS
  • Spring conditions: Mix of melting and compact snow, ice and mud. Good footwear, cleats and hiking poles are recommended!
CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS
  • The Eastern part of the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) is closed until June 15 for construction: The Johnston Canyon trailhead is still accessible via Castle Junction or Lake Louise. More info here.
  • Road Closures - The Moraine Lake road and the Yoho Valley road (Takakkaw Falls) are now closed for the season.
  • All Closures - For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.
SAFETY WARNINGS
  • BE ALERT: Bears are waking up. Travel in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it. Keep pets on a leash at all times.
  • Attention! TICK SEASON is on. Tuck your pant legs into your socks. Be extra careful when travelling in areas with a lot of underbrush and make sure you check yourself and your clothing after any hikes.
  • Elk Calving season is on. Protective mothers will aggressively protect their newborns by kicking and charging at people. Stay 30 meters away from all elk, avoid lone female elk, they separate from the herd for calving and may have calves nearby.
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Banff Area
Condition Comments
Fenland Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Spray River West and East Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Marsh Loop Good Muddy sections
Tunnel Campground Loop Partial CLOSURE Tunnel Mountain Campground is closed due to construction. Most of the trails surrounding it remain open. More info here.
Tunnel Mountain Summit Excellent Mainly dry
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Good / Excellent Mainly dry
Stoney Squaw Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Sulphur Mountain Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Goat Creek Fair / Poor Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Excellent Mainly dry
Stewart Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Good Dry. Some trees down.
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
The Eastern part of the Bow Valley Parkway (1A) is closed until June 15 for construction. The Johnston Canyon trailhead is still accessible via Castle Junction or Lake Louise.
Condition Comments
Silverton Falls Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Good Mainly dry. A few icy sections.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Redearth Creek Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Taylor Lake Fair / Poor Snowbound at higher elevations
Lake Louise Area
Caution! Winter conditions and avalanche danger on trails above Lake Louise until June. Check with the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for details and safety information.
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Compact snow with slippery sections Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Pipestone Closed CLOSED for the season. A water reservoir is being replaced and a new water main installed in the Pipestone area to improve fire safety for the Village of Lake Louise.
Bow River Loop Fair / Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Tramline Fair / Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Louise Creek Fair / Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Great Divide Fair Snow covered / Variable conditions
Plain of Six Glaciers Winter conditions Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Winter conditions Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Little Beehive Winter conditions Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Big Beehive Winter conditions Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Fairview Lookout Fair / Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Saddleback Winter conditions Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Lake Louise Lakeshore Good / Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Moraine Lake Area
The road to Moraine Lake is still closed for the season.
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Consolation Lakes Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Eiffel Lake Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Moraine Lake Highline Road access closed Snow patches, trees down, wet and muddy sections.
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Wenkchemna Pass Road access closed Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Rockpile viewpoint Road access closed Snow covered
Skoki
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Poor Snowbound
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Poor Snow at higher elevations. Steep snow slopes and slippery sections. Travel NOT recommended!
Red Deer Lakes No report Snowbound
Hidden Lake No report Snowbound
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Helen Lake Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Dolomite Pass Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Bow Glacier Falls Not recommended Avalanche Danger. Travel is not recommended
Bow Summit Lookout Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche Danger.
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Fair / Poor Soft snow / Mud
Sarbach Lookout Not recommended Snow covered
Glacier Lake Fair Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Sunset Lookout Not recommended Snowbound
Sunset Pass Not recommended Snowbound
Nigel Pass Not recommended Snow covered
Parker Ridge Not recommended. Numerous hazards. Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Bow Summit/Peyto Lake Fair / Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended
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