Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: June-15-19

GENERAL CONDITIONS
  • Spring conditions: Trails in lower elevation are mostly dry. Mud and snow are still present on many trails.
CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS
  • Moraine Lake Road is now open for the summer 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 / Fair Muddy sections
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Spray River West and East Fair Wet and muddy. Water on the trail on some sections.
Marsh Loop Good Mainly dry
Tunnel Campground Loop Passable for hikers, not recommended for horses 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 Excellent Mainly dry
Stoney Squaw Fair Variable conditions
Cascade Amphitheatre Good / Fair Soft snow / Mud
Sulphur Mountain Good Snow patches. Wet and muddy sections.
Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Goat Creek Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Excellent Trail in dry condition.
Stewart Canyon Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Excellent Mainly dry.
C-Level Cirque Good / Fair Mainly dry. Some snow patches.
Aylmer Pass Fair / Poor Snowbound and icy sections.
Aylmer Lookout Good / Fair Mainly dry
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 Muddy sections
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Boom Lake Fair / Poor Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Good / Fair Mainly dry
Rockbound Lake Not recommended Snow at higher elevations
Castle Lookout Good Mainly dry.
Bourgeau Lake Fair / Poor Snowbound at higher elevations
Harvey Pass Not recommended Snowbound at higher elevations
Healy Pass Fair / Poor Snowbound at higher elevations
Redearth Creek Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Cory Pass Loop Fair Snow covered
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair / Poor Snowbound at higher elevations
Taylor Lake Fair / Poor Snow at higher elevations
Lake Louise Area
Caution! Lingering snow remains on some trails above Lake Louise until mid-late June. Check with the Lake Louise Visitor Centre for details and safety information.
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Good / Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations
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 Good Partial Closure from the south west end of the electric fence to the pedestrian bridge of the campground.
Tramline Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Louise Creek Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Great Divide Good Mainly dry
Plain of Six Glaciers CAUTION Steep snow slopes and slippery sections at higher elevations
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail CAUTION Steep snow slopes and slippery sections at higher elevations
Little Beehive Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Big Beehive Fair / Poor Very slippery sections. Cleats recommended.
Fairview Lookout Fair Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Saddleback Not recommended Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
Lake Louise Lakeshore Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Paradise Valley
Late spring conditions
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley No report Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations.
Lake Annette Good / Fair Mainly dry
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Fair Snow patches, wet sections, STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
Giant Steps Fair Snow patches, wet sections, STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
Sheol/Paradise Connector No report Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations.
Moraine Lake Area
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Snow covered Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Consolation Lakes Poor / Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Eiffel Lake Snow sections. Mainly dry. Some snow patches.
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Not recommended Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Moraine Lake Highline Fair / Poor Snow patches, trees down, wet and muddy sections.
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Wenkchemna Pass Not recommended Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Rockpile viewpoint Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Skoki
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Poor Soft snow / Mud
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Poor Snowbound
Red Deer Lakes Poor Soft snow / Mud
Hidden Lake Poor Soft snow / Mud
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Not recommended Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Not recommended Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
Helen Lake Not recommended Snowbound at higher elevations. Avalanche terrain.
Dolomite Pass Not recommended Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Bow Glacier Falls Hazardous conditions Avalanche debris on trail. Snow patches. High water stream crossings - use caution!
Bow Summit Lookout Fair / Poor Snow patches, wet and muddy sections.
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Fair / Poor Very wet and muddy
Sarbach Lookout Fair Snow patches at higher elevations. Muddy sections below
Glacier Lake Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Sunset Lookout Fair / Poor Snow at higher elevations
Sunset Pass Poor Snowbound
Nigel Pass Not recommended Snow covered
Parker Ridge Not recommended Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Bow Summit/Peyto Lake Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
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