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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the long way from Paradise Valley which a nice hike surrounding you with many many mountains. The hike up to the pass itself is much more difficult, you need a bit more experience to go up the rocks and feel comfortable with some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

This moderate hike is fabulous! After walking through the forest along some switchbacks with views of Lake Morraine peaking through, you enter a meadow lined with beautiful golden larches. The combination of the larches, snow capped mouintains and green pine trees was spectacular. Further along,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Zooks13
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous trail. The latches were amazing. It was busy, very busy for a midweek trip in late September, but I know why. The views you get are breathtaking. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There is some elevation gain, but not too...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank deathracerJH
Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

We started the Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass hike around 8am. The trail was reasonably empty going up but by the time we came down there were loads of people on the trail. The start of the Larch Valley hike is a series of switchbacks,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JSmart353
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike on Sept 16 and there was fresh snow on the ground. The larch trees haven’t exploded into yellow yet, but it was fun seeing the valley in snow. We usually hike this trail every September, and this was probably the earliest...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Wanderer336
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful hike. We didnt go all the way to Sentinel Pass but turned back at the far end of the larch trees. There have been several days of snow and the path was very snowy, icy & slushy and therefore harder going than if dry...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank susanaH2778BY
Reviewed August 31, 2018

It's quite some hike to get up here. I think we had an elevation gain of 790 metres/2550 feet from the trailhead at the lake. But a really stunning hike. The last bit up to Sentinel Pass is a steep switchback, but doable if you're...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank David E
Reviewed August 28, 2018

The Larch trail starts at Moraine Lake and you spend about 90 minutes creeping uphill. You need to be in good shape, but I'm 58 and no Olympic athlete. The vistas showing the 10 peaks is well worth the journey. We stopped at the lake...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank pvsmith2016
Reviewed August 28, 2018

A long trail across Larch Valley from a start point at Moraine Lake takes you to the base of a series of switch backs that lead you to the crest of the pass. Once there you are rewarded with sweeping views south towards the peaks...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank stephenl6068
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Hiked this trail in August with my wife and 2 boys (9 and 6). Totally worth it. As described elsewhere (blogs or AllTrails) the elevation climb, 2,383 f) over 7 miles can be daunting. But the elevation climb comes mostly in the beginning to Larch...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Mara M
July 30, 2018|
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Response from 298miriamz | Reviewed this property |
We hiked Sentinel on July 17. It is recommended but not required that you hike in groups of 4 or larger. If you get to the trailhead early (6:15 a.m.), like we did, you might want to wait for another group to join. If you... More
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May 18, 2018|
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Our boys were a similar age when we did this hike (and other) with no trouble. If your girls are experienced hikers, they should have no trouble.
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jw1980
Worcester, United Kingdom
Best day hikes in Banff/Jasper? - help needed! (8 Replies)
Hi, My girlfriend and I are staying in the rockies for about a week in late june/early july this year, with 4 nights planned in Field, 2 in the Icefields Parkway and then 2 in Jasper - what are the best day hikes in these areas? We've already been recommended Wilcox Pass, Iceline and Sentinel Pass and any help for Jasper hikes would be particularly welcome - I don't seem to be able to find as much info about the area as for around Banff. Many thanks!!
March 03, 2009|
Response fromkrp329|
I would suggest the Opal Hills at Maligne Lake, and Cavell Meadows (which usually opens in late June or early July - check at the Parks Canada Trail Office). They, along with the Sulphur Skyline at Miette Hotsprings, and Wilcox Pass, are my four favourite Jasper NP hikes. For sure, check with the Lake Louise Trail Office re trail conditions on Sentinel Pass and surrounding area - that pass is either (can't remember which) the highest or second highest point served by maintained trail in...More
MN_travelers
Minnesota
Morraine Lake Hikes - timing questions (3 Replies)
I'm trying to figure out timing. We will be going to Morraine Lake in mid-september. I know this is a busy time for it b/c of the larches. Questions: When people say to start early to get parking before road closure, how early is early? If we start by 8:00 is that early enough? Or should we be there by 7:00? How long would the following take, generally: walk to Rockpile and take photos/enjoy view; hike Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass and then hike to Eiffel Lake on way back. What about...More
July 29, 2017|
Response fromksneds|
It really depends on the weather and the day of the week. Weekends will be more crowded. However, you can get a shuttle on weekends, so no worries about parking. In any case, 8am should be just fine. Hard to tell as to the hikes -- again, weather is a big factor. Running also doesn't necessarily translate to hiking fitness/speed - the trails up and down the passes are reasonably steep and you have to take care with your footing. You could have rain or even snow, which could make things...More
alg07
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Suggestions for ~8 day hiking itinerary? (9 Replies)
We are 5 or 6 friends (30s to 50s!) flying in and out of Calgary with 7 or 8 nights to spend--in August 2016. Would love suggestions for itinerary, hikes, places to stay. Go right to Jasper and work our way back or start in Banff and up to Jasper and back? 3 nights Jasper? 3 nights Banff and another near Yoho or Kootenay or Lake Louise or 4 nights Banff and travel to these other spots? Hike suggestions? Banff ideas--Cascade Amphitheater, Johnston Canyon & the Inpots, Castle Lookout,...More
January 23, 2016|
Response fromkrp329|
> Jasper ideas - Path of the Glacier and Cavell Meadows Trails, Beauty Creek and Stanley Falls, >Whistler’s Summit, Beaver, Summit & Jacques Lakes The Jacques Lake trail is nice, especially for early season hiking, but hardly a great hike, especially in August when so many better trails are accessible. Beauty Creek and Stanley Falls is nice, especially on a rainy day, but again, not a stellar hike in terms of views and getting up high. Some of the best hikes in JNP are:...More