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Lake Annette Professional Review and Guide
"The colour of Lake Annette varies from blue to aqua, depending on the time of day, and the time of year. From the lake you can take the Annette Highline Trail, a more scenic (and strenuous) route up Paradise Valley to the Giant Steps (19.7 km total circuit). The trail beyond Lake Annette can be wet and muddy: expect patches of snow until late July."
--Don Beers, Day Hikes Near Lake Louise (Rocky Mountain Books).
Moderately easy trail with a couple of 1/4 mile humps, but don't stop for long. The goal is the Giant Steps another 3.5 miles up the Paradise Valley. It's a full day hike -- 12 miles RT, with a couple of big humps (not a scramble or anything) between Annette and the Steps.
The trail's posted with G-Bear alerts; must travel in groups of 4+, bear spray (in the group) recommended, but largely unnecessary if you make enough noise as you go. The real pretty stuff's past Lake Annette -- so think if the lake as your appetizer.
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