Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: April-22-19

 

LEGACY TRAIL

Spring has arrived on the Legacy Trail. The gates have been opened and the pavement has been swept. Icy sections remain in shaded areas, especially beside Banff Avenue. Use caution.

GENERAL CONDITIONS

Spring conditions: Mix of melting and compact snow, ice and mud. Good footwear, cleats and hiking poles are recommended!

 

 



Snowshoeing Trails - Banff Area


Not enough snow for snowshoeing but the trails have extremely icy sections. Hiking cleats recommended.
Condition Comments
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Fair Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Upper Stoney Squaw Loop Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Sulphur Mountain Westside CLOSED Fuel Reduction Project in progress. Partial closures affecting Sulphur Mountain, Sundance Trail and Marsh Loop. Sundance Canyon will continue to be accessible from Healy-Brewster trailhead. More info here.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended

Winter Walking Trails - Banff Area


Condition Comments
Sundance Canyon from Cave and Basin CLOSED Fuel Reduction Project in progress. Partial closures affecting Sulphur Mountain, Sundance Trail and Marsh Loop. Sundance Canyon will continue to be accessible from Healy-Brewster trailhead. More info here.
Marsh Loop Partial CLOSURE Fuel Reduction Project in progress. Partial closures affecting Sulphur Mountain, Sundance Trail and Marsh Loop. Sundance Canyon will continue to be accessible from Healy-Brewster trailhead. More info here.
Fenland Trail Fair Muddy sections
Spray Connector Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Stewart Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Johnson Lake CLOSED CLOSED - Ongoing fisheries management work - More info here.
Johnston Canyon - Lower Falls Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Johnston Canyon - Upper Falls Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Tunnel Mountain Summit Good Mainly dry. Muddy sections
Sulphur Mountain - Eastside Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended

Fat Biking Trails - Banff Area


Condition Comments
Sundance Trail CLOSED Fuel Reduction Project in progress. Partial closures affecting Sulphur Mountain, Sundance Trail and Marsh Loop. Sundance Canyon will continue to be accessible from Healy-Brewster trailhead. More info here.
Tunnel Mountain Drive Fair Mainly dry.
Spray River East Trail Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Banff Avenue Trail Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Tunnel Bench Loop Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.
Lake Minnewanka Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow.

Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:
Thin snow pack. No more tracksetting.
Construction is occurring in the region. Please respect posted signage.
Condition Comments
Castle Junction No more tracksetting Muddy with snow patches
Castle Mountain Lookout to Protection Mountain Campground No more tracksetting Muddy with snow patches
Baker Creek to Protection Mountain Campground No more tracksetting Snow patches. Wet and muddy sections.

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Lake Louise Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Fair
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 Late season - variable conditions. Soft snow
# 14 Lake Louise Lakeshore Late season - variable conditions. Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
# 18 Mirror Lake Snow covered with icy sections Avalanche risk: Beyond Mirror Lake, the trail is rated as Challenging Class 2 terrain for avalanche exposure and travel requires appropriate training and equipment
# 19 Taylor Lake Snow covered / Variable conditions Avalanche danger after reaching the lake
# 15 Fairview Lookout Late season - variable conditions. Icy sections, cleats recommended
# 26 Laggan's Loop Late season - variable conditions. Soft snow
# 17 “Highline” Trail to Paradise Creek Late season - variable conditions. Avalanche risk: Rated as Simple Class 1 terrain - at km 1, the trail crosses the runout zone of an avalanche path which rarely runs

Cross-Country Skiing - Lake Louise Area Trails


GENERAL CONDITIONS:
Spring conditions: Trails can be icy or slushy depending on current temperature
Due to construction on the Lake Louise water reservoir, the Pipestone parking lot and trails (#20, 21, 22 & 23) will be closed from Monday, March 11
RECENT TRACKSETTING:
Tracksetting has ended for the 2018/19 winter season.
Condition Comments
# 6 Great Divide Late season - variable conditions. Icy/Slushy
# 9 Bow River Loop Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.
# 3 Lower Tramline Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.
# 3 Upper Tramline Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.
# 5 Upper Telemark Not recommended for skiing Icy/Slushy
# 7 Peyto Not recommended for skiing Icy/Slushy
# 8 Lower Telemark Loop Not recommended for skiing Icy/Slushy
# 23 Merlin Closed Due to infrastructure work, The Pipestone parking lot and trails (#20, 21, 22 & 23) will close on Monday, March 11 until further notice.
# 1 Moraine Lake Road Late season - variable conditions. Icy/Slushy
# 2 Fairview Late season - variable conditions. Icy/Slushy
# 11 Townsite Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.
# 20 Pipestone Loop Closed Due to infrastructure work, The Pipestone parking lot and trails (#20, 21, 22 & 23) will close on Monday, March 11 until further notice.
# 21 Hector Closed Due to infrastructure work, The Pipestone parking lot and trails (#20, 21, 22 & 23) will close on Monday, March 11 until further notice.
# 22 Drummond Closed Due to infrastructure work, The Pipestone parking lot and trails (#20, 21, 22 & 23) will close on Monday, March 11 until further notice.
# 10 Campground Loop Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.
# 4 Lake Louise Loop Not recommended for skiing Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections.

Hiking/Snowshoeing - Bow Summit Area


GENERAL CONDITIONS:Fair
Condition Comments
# 24 Peyto Lake Viewpoint Late season - variable conditions. Soft/slushy snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended.
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