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Helen Lake Trail

Icefield Parkway 32 km N Lake Louise, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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A True Moderate/Hard Hike

A steady incline for most of the hike. Good hiking shoes and poles are recommended. The guide from... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
myclg
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Calgary, Canada
Hard hike with great views

This is a 12 km hike with nice views of Crowfoot Glacier and other mountains. It is a little long... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2017
Lawito
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Naples, Florida
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Icefield Parkway 32 km N Lake Louise, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A steady incline for most of the hike. Good hiking shoes and poles are recommended. The guide from White Mountain Adventures (Adrienne) was excellent and ensured the pace of the ascent and descent were comfortable for all hiking participants. There was an appropriate amount of...More

Thank myclg
Reviewed September 7, 2017

This is a 12 km hike with nice views of Crowfoot Glacier and other mountains. It is a little long but worth the hike. It is the longest of the 4 hikes that people recommended i take on the Icefields Highway.

Thank Lawito
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Being still somewhat winter, the hike was a bit muddy with various mounds of snow and a few places where an avalanche clearly took down a few trees. We did not reach the lake as there was too much snow for us to trek through....More

Thank Selene V
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

On a blue sky day in mid July when the wild flowers are in their full splendor, the Helen Lake trail is unsurpassed! In fact, it is one of my very top hikes ever! Start as early as you can to get ahead of the...More

1  Thank LarchFoodie
Reviewed March 26, 2017

Loved this trail! It starts in the trees, then opens up beautifully to alpine meadows with incredible mountain views. It is a big day of hiking so I would bring a picnic lunch and warm layers.

2  Thank Elyse Q
Reviewed September 22, 2016

Did this hike 3 times as it´s one the premier hikes along the Icefields Parkway you can easily go to. It´s about a 12 km roundtrip to Helen Lake, but you should try to climb the Ridge once you've reached Helen Lake. It adds just...More

1  Thank ellien_v_d_kooij
Reviewed September 11, 2016

Loved this hike and I'll go again. Lots of Marmots at the lake! It's rated easy I think but it's a good walk up. Don't expect it to be flat. Super cool!

1  Thank FindNewDigs
Reviewed August 15, 2016

Great day hike and worth the effort especially up to Dolomite Pass. If you make it to Helen Lake then you need to make that extra effort to head up to the pass (or branch off in another direction once you reach the ridge) and...More

Thank gw b
Reviewed August 4, 2016

The alpine views are beautiful with wildflowers growing everywhere. The lake is a jewel. The trail is not real difficult for a beginner.

Thank Richard F
Reviewed July 10, 2016

This hike has it all - hiking in the pines, through flowering meadows, across streams, to lovely Helen Lake! After lunch we hiked a little further up to the Dolomite Ridge. Saw lots of fluffy marmots running around, and bear paw prints on snow patches!

2  Thank joyful1LasVegas
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