Wenkchemna Pass

Banff, Alberta

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A moderate day hike into a remote glacial valley, located southwest of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Special attractions include Moraine and Eiffel Lakes and Valley of the Ten Peaks, an array of impressive, glacier-clad mountains. Wenkchemna Pass rises to just over 8,580 feet (2,600 meters) at the head of the Valley of Ten Peaks, so named because of the row of saw-toothed mountains forming the valley’s southern wall. At the mouth of this valley, the peaks are mirrored in the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake, a popular tourist destination. The trail to Wenkchemna Pass leaves the lakeshore path and steadily switchbacks for 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the junction with the Larch Valley Trail. Take it slow on the initial climb and follow all the switchbacks—this is the steepest section of the trail and there is no point in burning the thighs at the outset by shortcutting. The dense spruce and fir forest here shades the trail, easing the work of gaining elevation.
Best Hikes along the Continental Divide

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Best Hikes along the Continental Divide

by Russ Schneider, editor (Falcon Guides)

A moderate day hike into a remote glacial valley, located southwest of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Special attractions include Moraine and Eiffel Lakes and Valley of the Ten Peaks, an array of impressive, glacier-clad mountains.

Wenkchemna Pass rises to just over 8,580 feet (2,600 meters) at the head of the Valley of Ten Peaks, so named because of the row of saw-toothed mountains forming the valley’s southern wall. At the mouth of this valley, the peaks are mirrored in the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake, a popular tourist destination. The trail to Wenkchemna Pass leaves the lakeshore path and steadily switchbacks for 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the junction with the Larch Valley Trail. Take it slow on the initial climb and follow all the switchbacks—this is the steepest section of the trail and there is no point in burning the thighs at the outset by shortcutting. The dense spruce and fir forest here shades the trail, easing the work of gaining elevation.

©  Russ Schneider, editor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Banff
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 12,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Best July through September
Local Contacts: Banff National Park (403) 762-1500
Local Maps: Banff National Park; 82 N/8
Driving Directions: Directions to Wenkchemna Pass

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