Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: August-14-18

WILDFIRE INFORMATION SAFETY WARNINGS

  • It`s berry season! Black and grizzly bears are feeding on berries right now. It is easy to surprise a bear that is focused on feeding. To reduce your risk: Make noise while on trails, travel in tight groups, carry bear spray, ensure it is accessible, and know how to use it. Report bear sightings and encounters to Parks Canada staff: (403) 762-1470. More info here.
 CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS

  • Minnewanka Seasonal Trail Restrictions : The Minnewanka Lakeshore trail from Stewart Canyon to the Banff National Park Boundary. The Lm8 campground is closed during this restricted period (July 10 to September 15, 2018). All hiking parties must travel in a minimum group size of four. The hiking party must carry bear spray with them at all time. Bicycles and dogs are not permitted within the restricted area during this period.
  • All Closures - For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.
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Fire Danger Rating
Condition Comments
Current Fire Danger Low Fire ban in effect
Banff Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
Condition Comments
Fenland Good Mainly dry
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Good Mainly dry
Spray River West and East Good Mainly dry
Marsh Loop Good Mainly dry
Tunnel Campground Loop Good Mainly dry
Tunnel Mountain Summit Good Mainly dry
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Good Mainly dry
Stoney Squaw Good Mainly dry
Cascade Amphitheatre Good Mainly dry
Sulphur Mountain Good Mainly dry
Sulphur Mountain Westside Good Mainly dry
Goat Creek Good Mainly dry
Lake Minnewanka Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
MINNEWANKA AREA SEASONAL RESTRICTION: You must hike in groups of 4 or more, bear spray is mandatory, bicycles and dogs are not permitted. Applies to the the Minnewanka Lakeshore trail from Stewart Canyon to the Banff National Park Boundary. More info here.
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Good Mainly dry
Stewart Canyon Good Mainly dry
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Good TRAVEL RESTRICTION IN EFFECT. All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four adults. You must carry bear spray. Bicycles and dogs are not permitted. More info here.
Cascade Valley Trail Good Mainly dry
C-Level Cirque Good Mainly dry
Aylmer Pass Good TRAVEL RESTRICTION IN EFFECT. All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four adults. You must carry bear spray. Bicycles and dogs are not permitted. More info here.
Aylmer Lookout Good TRAVEL RESTRICTION IN EFFECT. All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four adults. You must carry bear spray. Bicycles and dogs are not permitted. More info here.
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Highway 93S closes intermittently due to wildfires. Check the road reports for more information: DriveBC, Alberta511.
Condition Comments
Silverton Falls Good Mainly dry
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Good Mainly dry
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Good Mainly dry
Sunshine Meadows / Rock Isle Lake Good Mainly dry
Boom Lake Good / Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Good Mainly dry
Rockbound Lake Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Castle Lookout Good Mainly dry
Bourgeau Lake Good Mainly dry
Healy Pass Good Mainly dry
Harvey Pass Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Redearth Creek Fair Muddy sections
Cory Pass Loop Good Mainly dry
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Taylor Lake Good Wet and muddy sections.
Banff South Area - Backcountry Trails
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
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.
Condition Comments
Bryant Creek Trail to Assiniboine Pass Good Mainly dry. Assiniboine pass is still accessible via the lower trail (horse trail). The high trail (hiker's bypass) is closed.
Wonder Pass Trail Good Wet and muddy sections
Citadel Pass Trail Good Mainly dry
Brewster Creek Good / Fair Muddy sections
Bow Valley Highline Area - Backcountry Trails
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. Highway 93S closes intermittently due to wildfires. Check the road reports for more information: DriveBC, Alberta511.
Condition Comments
Healy Pass Trail to Egypt Lake Good Mainly dry
Whistling Valley Trail Fair Mainly dry
Pharaoh Creek Trail Good Mainly dry
Redearth Creek to Shadow Lake Good Mainly dry
Vista Lake / Twin Lakes / Gibbon Pass Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sawback Area - Backcountry Trails
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Smoke from wildfires is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility.
Condition Comments
Elk Lake/Summit Trail Good Trail to Elk Summit is mainly dry. Further down the trail, near the Cr15 campsite, the bridge is out over the Cascade River. Dangerous river ford.
Forty Mile Creek & Mystic Pass Trail Good Mainly dry
Forty Mile Summit & Sawback Lake Trail Good Mainly dry
Johnston Creek & Luellen Lake Trail Good Mainly dry
Badger Pass Trail Fair Wet and muddy sections
Pulsatilla Pass Trail Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: It`s berry season. Temporary closures for bears are possible on Lake Louise area trails. We are experiencing higher than normal visitor volumes at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Parking is very limited. Use the shuttle and hit the trails early!
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Good. Mainly dry
Pipestone CLOSED Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
Bow River Loop Partial CLOSURE Use Caution: due to both grizzly and black bears and cubs making use of the abundant berry crop.
Tramline BEAR WARNING Use Caution: due to both grizzly and black bears and cubs making use of the abundant berry crop.
Louise Creek BEAR WARNING Use Caution: due to both grizzly and black bears and cubs making use of the abundant berry crop.
Great Divide Good Use Caution: due to both grizzly and black bears and cubs making use of the abundant berry crop.
Plain of Six Glaciers Good Mainly dry.
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Good Mainly dry
Little Beehive Good Mainly dry. STAY ON TRAIL
Big Beehive Good Mainly dry. STAY ON TRAIL
Fairview Lookout Good Mainly dry.
Saddleback Good Mainly dry.
Lake Louise Lakeshore Good Mainly dry
Paradise Valley
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Good / Fair Mainly dry. Some snow patches.
Lake Annette Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Giant Steps Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sheol/Paradise Connector Good / Fair Mainly dry, sections of brush, trees down on trail.
Moraine Lake Area
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections. STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
Consolation Lakes Good Mainly dry.
Eiffel Lake Good / Fair Mainly dry.
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Good / Fair Mainly dry. Some snow patches.
Moraine Lake Highline Good / Fair It's berry season! Be aware, bears are feeding.
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Wenkchemna Pass Good Mainly dry.
Rockpile viewpoint Good Mainly dry
Skoki
TEMPORARY CLOSURE of Hidden Lake trail (only) Aug 20 - 24 for habitat restoration work. Trails accessing Skoki, Boulder Pass and Baker Lake will remain open. Caution! Be aware of resident porcupines!!They are in search of salt from your hiking boots! Store you boots away from your tent and up high!
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Good It's berry season! Be aware, bears are feeding.
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Red Deer Lakes Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Hidden Lake Good Mainly dry
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Lower elevations wet and muddy, snow patches at higher elevations
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections. STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections. STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
Helen Lake Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections. STAY ON TRAIL, walking off trail damages the vegetation.
Dolomite Pass Partial Closure CLOSED due to wildfire
Bow Glacier Falls Trail washed out in sections but passable. Wet and muddy. Flooding! Expect variable conditions. Trail is flooded in sections! Caution: high water crossings.
Bow Summit Lookout Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sarbach Lookout Road access closed CLOSED
Glacier Lake Good Wildfire protection work in progress
Sunset Lookout Good / Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sunset Pass Good Mainly dry
Nigel Pass Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Parker Ridge Good Mainly dry.
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