General conditions

Seasonal conditions. Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. Winter conditions at higher elevations.

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Be alert for bears

Travel in groups, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it. Keep pets on a leash at all times.

Closures and restrictions

For a complete list of ongoing closures and restrictions, please visit our Important Bulletins page. 

Town of Banff Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Fenland Trail Good. 16-10-2019: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Marsh Loop Good. 16-10-2019: Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Sundance Trail Good. 16-10-2019: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail: Trailhead–Spray River bridge Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail: Spray River bridge–Goat Creek Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Viewpoint Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Squaw Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Closed. 01-10-2019: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Winter conditions. 11-10-2019: Snow covered; Trail details

Egypt Lake Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Sunshine Meadows / Rock Isle Lake Trail Winter conditions. 11-10-2019: Snow covered; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

From Sept. 16 to Oct 20: Access to Johnston Canyon and surrounding area and businesses will be via the Castle Junction entrance. The Bow Valley Parkway will not be accessible between Johnson Canyon and the eastern entrance at the TransCanada Highway, as culvert replacement work will resume on this section.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Winter conditions. 08-10-2019: Sections of deep snow; Trail details
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Silverton Falls Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 15-10-2019: Cleats recommended; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-10-2019: Fresh snow; Trail details
Moderate Lake Agnes Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Fresh snow; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Fresh snow; Cleats recommended;  
Moderate Big Beehive Lookout Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Caution; Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-10-2019: Fresh snow; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Caution; Cleats recommended; Fresh snow; Trail details
Easy Tramline Trail Snow covered with wet, muddy and slippery sections. 08-10-2019: Fresh snow; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Caution; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered sections; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Caution; Cleats recommended; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Closed for the season. 31-07-2019: Construction work in progress; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Lake Annette Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

The trail on top of the rock pile is really icy. Cleats recommended. Use caution.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Icy sections, cleats recommended. 11-10-2019: Caution; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Viewpoint Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details
Moderate Eiffel Lake Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lake Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Not recommended; Trail details

Skoki Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Baker Lake Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation;  
Difficult Hidden Lake Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation;  
Difficult Boulder Pass Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation;  
Route Skoki Loop Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation;  
Difficult Deception Pass Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation;  

Icefields Parkway Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Closed for the season. 16-09-2019: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Closed for the season. 16-09-2019: Construction work in progress; Respect all posted notices and signs; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Trail details
Difficult Molar Pass Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Moderate Parker Ridge Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Avalanche risk, use caution; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snow covered; Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Mosquito Creek Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Easy Howse River Lookout Trail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Mistaya Canyon Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details
Moderate Chephren LakeTrail Snow covered. 08-10-2019: Snowbound at higher elevation; Trail details