Trail conditions

Banff National Park

FIRE BAN IN EFFECT

Please be advised that there is an active fire ban in effect for Banff National Park. For more information, click here.

Important information

Be extra cautious when engaging in any activities to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on emergency response, search and rescue teams, and on the health care system.

CAUTION! Avalanche danger

You are responsible for your own safety. Check the Avalanche Bulletin for the latest conditions.


Vehicle parking is limited to designated areas only. Roadside parking is prohibited. Signage and monitoring will be used throughout the park to inform the public of parking restrictions and encourage compliance.


Dogs are allowed on all trails in the summer unless otherwise specified in trail restrictions and closures. Refer to the information below to find out about any special restrictions. Keep dogs on leash and under physical control at all times.

 

Wildlife and you

When you see wildlife, give them space for your safety and their survival. If you’re out on the trails, travel in tight groups of 4 or more, stay alert, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Know before you go!

Closures and restrictions

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

For more information, please contact us:

 Banff: 403-762-1550

 Lake Louise: 403-522-3833

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 Banff Visitor Centre

 Lake Louise Visitor Centre

Town of Banff Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Banff–Banff East Gate Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Banff Legacy Trail: Vermilion Lakes–Bow Valley Parkway Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Fenland Loop Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Spray River East Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Marsh Loop Fair. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Frequent Horse Use; Trail details
Easy Spray River West Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Tunnel Campground Loop Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Healy Creek Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sundance Canyon Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Westside Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sulphur Mountain Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Mountain Summit Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Upper Stoney Trail Bear Warning. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Bear warning in effect; Trail details
Moderate Cascade Amphitheatre Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Coastline Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: Teddy Bear's Picnic Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Bench Loop: The Spine Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Return of the Jedi Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Tunnel Technical Trails: Star Wars Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Goat Creek Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking excluding e-bikes is allowed; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Topp Notch Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Mainly dry; Trail details

Lake Minnewanka Area

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Cascade Ponds Loop Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition;  
Easy Stewart Canyon Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Easy Johnson Lake Loop Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate C-Level Cirque Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Stewart Canyon–Aylmer Pass Junction Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Lake Minnewanka Trail: Aylmer Pass Junction–Devil's Gap Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Lookout Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Aylmer Pass Trail Caution. 13-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Snow at high elevation ; Trail details

Bow Valley/Castle Junction Area

From May 1 to June 25 and August 30 to September 30, the Bow Valley Parkway Cycling Experience restricts public vehicles on the parkway's 17 km eastern end, from the Trans-Canada Highway junction to Johnston Canyon. Vehicle access to the popular Johnston Canyon Trail and campground will remain open during the pilot via Castle Junction (the intersection of Highway 93 South and the Bow Valley Parkway/ Highway 1A, and the west end of the Bow Valley Parkway. Visit parks.canada.ca/banff-bow-valley-parkway for more information.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Johnston Canyon Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Moderate Ink Pots Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Adhere to all posted warnings and closures along trails; Trail details
Easy Boom Lake Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Trailhead–Vista Lake Good. 13-07-2024: Trail is in good condition; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Vista Lake–Arnica Lake Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Vista Lake / Arnica Lake / Twin Lakes Trail: Arnica Lake–Twin Lakes Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Healy Pass Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Trailhead–Bourgeau Lake Fair. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Be careful fording rivers and streams; Trail details
Moderate Bourgeau Lake Trail: Bourgeau Lake–Harvey Pass Caution. 13-07-2024: Avalanche debris on trail; Steep snow slopes ; Slippery sections; Trail details
Moderate Redearth Creek Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate Rockbound Lake Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Castle Lookout Trail Good. 13-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail is in good condition; Trail details
Difficult Cory Pass Loop Fair. 13-07-2024: Stream crossings; Trail is narrow and steep. ; Snow patches; Trail details

Lake Louise Area

Caution - Bear warning in the Lake Louise area.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Tramline Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Note: A trail advisory is in effect from May 15 until October 15 to help protect and improve important wildlife habitat. Hikers are asked to use alternative routes such as the Louise Creek Trail. Cycling is permitted on Tramline trail.; Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Trail details
Difficult Taylor Lake Trail Fair. 07-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Bow River Loop Seasonal closure in effect 28-06-2024: Trail sections along the west side of Bow River CLOSED from May 15 to October 15; Mainly dry; Trail details
Easy Louise Creek Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Trail details
Easy Fairview Lookout Trail Bear warning : Hike in a group and make noise. 14-07-2024: Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Trail details
Easy Great Divide Trail Good. 28-06-2024: Parking lot closed.; Biking including pedal-assist e-bikes is allowed; Trail details
Moderate "Highline" trail to Paradise Creek Bear warning : Hike in a group and make noise. 14-07-2024: Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Wet and muddy sections;  
Moderate Lake Agnes Trail Good. 14-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Ross Lake Trail Good. 07-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Stream crossings; Use caution; Trail details
Moderate Big Beehive Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Trail is narrow and steep. ; Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Little Beehive Trail Good. 14-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Mirror Lake Highline Trail Good. 09-07-2024: Mainly dry;  
Moderate Big Beehive to Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Fair. 14-07-2024: Snow patches; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Plain of Six Glaciers Trail Fair. 14-07-2024: Snow covered sections; Use caution; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Fairview Mountain Trail Bear Warning. 14-07-2024: Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Hike in a group and make noise; Trail is narrow and steep. ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Saddleback Trail Bear Warning. 13-07-2024: Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Bear warning in effect; Trail details
Difficult Sheol/Paradise Connector Trail Good. 14-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Pipestone Trail Mainly Dry. 09-07-2024: Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Easy Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Warning - Grizzly bears in the area. Special caution is recommended at Lake Louise parking lots & lakeshore trail (south side & front of lake), Fairview trail & area; Trail details

Paradise Valley Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snowy conditions on trails at high elevations.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Lake Annette Trail Good. 14-07-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass - Paradise Valley Connector Trail Poor. 09-07-2024: Snow covered sections; Difficult route finding ; Slippery sections; Trail details
Difficult Paradise Valley and Giant Steps Trail Fair. 09-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details

Moraine Lake Area

Moraine Lake road is closed to personal vehicles year-round. Shuttle services to Moraine lake begin June 1st. See reservation.pc.gc.ca for Parks Canada shuttle bookings. Snow lingering on trails at high elevations.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Easy Consolation Lakes Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Easy Rockpile Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Difficult Moraine Lake Highline Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Moraine Lakeshore Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Trail details
Moderate Eiffel Lake Trail Fair. 06-07-2024: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Snow patches; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Larch Valley/Minnestimma Lakes Trail Fair. 09-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Snow covered sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Sentinel Pass Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Snow covered sections; Trail is narrow and steep. ; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Wenkchemna Pass Trail Caution. 14-07-2024: Snow covered sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Route finding skills essential; Trail details

Skoki Area

Skoki backcountry not recommended due to snowy conditions.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Difficult Hidden Lake Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Boulder Pass Trail Good. 06-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details

Icefields Parkway Area

Lingering snow sections at high elevations.

Rating Trail Condition Comment Links
Moderate Mosquito Creek Trail Good. 23-06-2024: Mainly dry;  
Difficult Molar Pass Trail Fair. 07-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult North Molar Pass Trail Caution. 07-07-2024: Snow at high elevation ; Wet and muddy sections; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Helen Lake Trail Fair. 09-07-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Stream levels are high; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Difficult Dolomite Pass Trail Fair. 07-07-2024: Snow covered sections; Wet and muddy sections; Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Stream levels are high; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Bow Glacier Falls Trail Fair. 30-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Extensive trail erosion; Trail details
Easy Peyto Lake Viewpoint Trail Good. 30-06-2024: Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Trail details
Easy Bow Summit Lookout Trail Fair. 07-07-2024: Snow at high elevation ; Stay on designated trails and viewpoints; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
Moderate Chephren Lake Trail Fair. 30-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Cirque Lake Trail Fair. 30-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Glacier Lake Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Easy Mistaya Canyon Trail Good. 21-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Difficult Sarbach Lookout Trail Fair. 23-06-2024: Unmaintained trail; Deadfall on trail; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Lookout Trail Good. 28-06-2024: Mainly dry; Trail details
Moderate Sunset Pass Trail Good. 28-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Moderate Nigel Pass Trail Fair. 30-06-2024: Wet and muddy sections; Trail details
Difficult Parker Ridge Trail Good. 14-07-2024: Fragile alpine vegetation, stay on the trail; Sturdy hiking boots and hiking poles recommended; Trail details
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