Island Lake

Lake Louise, Alberta

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The short trail to Island Lake is not maintained by Banff Park. Expect vague sections and deadfall on the route. The path follows the lake’s outlet stream. Although the route is blazed, there are a couple of awkward tangles of fallen logs. The lake is normally an undistinguished amber-green, but when it reflects the sky and the peaks on calm mornings, the scene is delightful. An interesting foreground is provided by the small island in this shallow lake. To get the best view (#1– 8 of the Ten Peaks) when you reach the lake, go left 0.3 km along the shore. There is an overgrown animal trail around the lake. You can circle the lake easily if you can negotiate the small but awkward marsh at the southeast end. From where you reach the lake, it takes a dozen minutes to get to the viewpoint for the Ten Peaks or 45 minutes for a complete circuit of Island Lake. The level of the lake is maintained by springs; no mountain stream feeds Island Lake.

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"The short trail to Island Lake is not maintained by Banff Park. Expect vague sections and deadfall on the route. The path follows the lake’s outlet stream. Although the route is blazed, there are a couple of awkward tangles of fallen logs. The lake is normally an undistinguished amber-green, but when it reflects the sky and the peaks on calm mornings, the scene is delightful. An interesting foreground is provided by the small island in this shallow lake.

To get the best view (#1– 8 of the Ten Peaks) when you reach the lake, go left 0.3 km along the shore. There is an overgrown animal trail around the lake. You can circle the lake easily if you can negotiate the small but awkward marsh at the southeast end. From where you reach the lake, it takes a dozen minutes to get to the viewpoint for the Ten Peaks or 45 minutes for a complete circuit of Island Lake. The level of the lake is maintained by springs; no mountain stream feeds Island Lake."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 0.4
Elevation Gain: 165 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 35 minutes
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Lake

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May 2018