Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: October-15-18

GENERAL CONDITIONS
  • Icy conditions overall. Good footwear, cleats and hiking poles are a must! Use caution!
  • For backcountry trails conditions, please contact one of our visitor centres. Banff: 403-762-1556. Lake Louise: 403-522-1264.
SAFETY WARNINGS
  • Avalanche conditions at higher elevation! Winter is here, even though its only October. The alpine snowpack is deep and avalanche hazard exists. Expect fresh slab avalanches following storms and avoid steep, sun exposed slopes. Carry all of your avalanche gear and travel like its December.
  • The elk rutting season has begun and will last until mid-October. Bull elk are dangerous! Keep at least 30 metres away from all elk and never get between a male and the females.
CLOSURES/RESTRICTIONS 
  • Road Closures - The Moraine Lake road and the Yoho Valley road (Takakkaw Falls) are now closed for the season.
  • The Banff Upper Hot Springs will be closed from October 15 2018 until October 28 2018 for annual maintenance.
  • All Closures - For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page.
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Banff Area
Condition Comments
Fenland Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Spray River West and East Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Marsh Loop Poor Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Tunnel Campground Loop Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Tunnel Mountain Summit Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Poor Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Stoney Squaw Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Cascade Amphitheatre Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Sulphur Mountain Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Sulphur Mountain Westside Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Goat Creek Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Stewart Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Cascade Valley Trail Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
C-Level Cirque Poor Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Aylmer Pass Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Aylmer Lookout Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
Condition Comments
Silverton Falls Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Poor Very icy. Cleats highly recommended.
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Poor Very icy. Cleats highly recommended.
Boom Lake Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Rockbound Lake Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Castle Lookout Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Bourgeau Lake Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Harvey Pass Not recommended Snow covered. Avalanche terrain.
Healy Pass Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Redearth Creek Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Cory Pass Loop Not recommended Snowbound. Avalanche terrain
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair Variable conditions. Mud, ice and snow. Cleats recommended
Taylor Lake Fair Snow covered. Icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Lake Louise Area
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Fair / Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Pipestone CLOSED Construction is occurring in the area. Please respect all posted notices and signs.
Bow River Loop Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Tramline Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Louise Creek Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Great Divide Fair Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Plain of Six Glaciers Not recommended Avalanche danger at the far end of the lake and beyond
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Little Beehive Poor Snow covered with icy sections. Cleats recommended
Big Beehive Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Fairview Lookout Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Saddleback Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Lake Louise Lakeshore Fair Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Paradise Valley
Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at higher elevations.
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Lake Annette Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Giant Steps Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Sheol/Paradise Connector Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Moraine Lake Area
The road to Moraine Lake is now closed for the season.
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Consolation Lakes Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Eiffel Lake Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Moraine Lake Highline Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Moraine Lake Lakeshore Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Wenkchemna Pass Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Rockpile viewpoint Road closed Moraine Lake Road is closed for the season to vehicles
Skoki
Caution! Be aware of resident porcupines. They are in search of salt from your hiking boots. Store boots away from your tent and up high. Late season hiking conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at high elevations
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Fair / Poor Snowbound
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Fair / Poor Snowbound
Red Deer Lakes Fair / Poor Snowbound
Hidden Lake Fair / Poor Snowbound
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Late season conditions. Expect the possibility of winter conditions at high elevations.
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Helen Lake Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Dolomite Pass Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Bow Glacier Falls Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Bow Summit Lookout Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Poor Snowbound
Sarbach Lookout Road access closed CLOSED
Glacier Lake Poor Snowbound
Sunset Lookout Poor Snowbound
Sunset Pass Poor Snowbound
Nigel Pass Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Parker Ridge Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
Bow Summit/Peyto Lake Not recommended Avalanche Terrain
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