A mosaic unveiled

This spectacular hike starts off with a shuttle ride that will trim the 18 km trail down to a family-friendly 10 km. Head gently up the valley through wildflowers or golden larch in Autumn. Learn about the smaller pieces that make up the grand mosaic of this distinct landscape and its ecosystem before you discover a unique opportunity for protection and recovery of westslope cutthroat trout, a species at risk.

Yoho National Park also offers a guided conservation hike to Paget Lookout.

Is this hike right for you? | Cost | Schedule | Reservations | Hike logistics

Hidden Lake hike

Difficulty: Moderate
Return Distance: 10 km (6.2 miles)
Elevation Gain: 270 m (880')
Duration: 8 hours, 8 am to 4 pm

Is this hike right for you?

Hidden Lake Hike is a moderately difficult hike. You don’t need to be an experienced hiker, but it is important that you are prepared in terms of fitness and personal equipment. If you have any past injuries or surgeries or medical conditions, please inform the Hiking Guide before you begin the hike.  


  • Children under 4 are not allowed and between the ages of 5 and 8 are not recommended
  • Children and youth up to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • Parent or guardian of participants 17-19 years of age must sign a waiver at the trailhead
  • No pets
  • No exceptions

We want you to enjoy your day! If you are unsure if this hike is right for you, please call us at 1-403-522-3833 or by emailing pc.lakelouiseinfo-infolakelouise.pc@canada.ca.


Guided Hike
Online Reservations
Phone Reservations
Adults (17-64 years) $70 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Youth (5-16 years) $35 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party
Senior (65+ years) $59.50 $11.50 / party $13.50 / party

All participants on the Hidden Lake guided hikes require a valid national park pass. Purchase your pass the day before your guided hike; the park gates and visitor centres are not open in the early morning, and our guides do not sell park passes.

Schedule - 2021 Hidden Lake guided hikes

Guided hike schedules will be available early April, 2021. Check back to plan your trip.


Reservations are required and available starting early April 13, 2021. To make a reservation you will require the following information:

  • Date and hike requested
  • Names and ages of participants
  • Emergency contact and medical info
  • MasterCard, Visa or AmEx number

Call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783), or  Reserve online!

Hike logistics

Meeting point

Fish Creek "Skoki" parking lot, Banff National Park at 8 am (MDT)
Hike ends at the same location.

Exit the Trans-Canada as for the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Continue towards the resort on Whitehorn Road. Turn right at signs for Fish Creek trailhead.

Route map


This hike starts and ends with a 4 km shuttle ride up a radio-controlled, one-way dirt access road. There is a locked gate and members of the public are not allowed to drive on the road. You must arrive on time for the hike. If you miss the shuttle there is no way for you to catch up; you will miss the hike. No refunds.

Note: When travelling east from Vancouver, the time changes from the Pacific Time Zone to the Mountain Time Zone at Glacier National Park’s eastern boundary. All hike times are in Mountain Daylight Time, the same time zone as Calgary, Alberta and Golden, B.C.

In 2021, there is construction along the Trans-Canada with potential delays. Please allow yourself extra time to get to the trailhead. For more information, check www.drivebc.com.


Your safety and the safety of our staff is our top priority. Group sizes have been reduced to 6 and there will be no sharing of props and equipment. Risk mitigation measures for Covid-19 will be in place during the hike program.

  • Questions you will be asked by the guide on the morning of your hike
    • Do you have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or any new or worsening symptoms?
    • Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?
    • Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside Canada in the last 14 days?
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed or probable case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days?

    If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you may not participate on the hike and you will receive a full refund.

  • Please remember to adhere to the following protocols during the hike
    • Physical distance with people outside of your household.
    • Good hygiene, e.g. sanitize hands before and after eating/drinking, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid touching face.
    • You may bring your own masks, if desired.
What to bring

A day of hiking in the Rockies requires preparation. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains and higher elevations increase your exposure to the sun and stormy weather.  To have a safe and fun time outdoors you will need to bring:

Hikers on a trip to the Burgess Shale
  • Warm layers of clothes (no cotton), rain jacket and rain pants, winter gloves, and a winter toque / hat
  • Hearty lunch and multiple snacks
  • Drinking water, at least 2 litres or ½ gallon per person
  • Sturdy and worn in hiking boots and extra wool socks 
  • Hiking poles (required for the Mount Stephen hike)
  • Sturdy and supportive backpack with a waist belt
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat, insect repellent
  • Toilet paper in a plastic bag for disposal, hand sanitizer
  • Reading glasses, if you wear them
  • Blister kit and personal medical supplies (just in case)
  • Sorry, no pets please.
  • Camera!