Lake Louise Tramline Trail

Lake Louise, Alberta

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Before roads were built and automobiles honked their way through the Rockies, this route was the sole domain of horsepackers and locomotives. Between 1913 and 1930 an open-roofed tram carried visitors from the train station to Chateau Lake Louise along this historic route. While the tracks may be gone, the trail remains, and today it forms a great 3-mile point-to-point access between the village and the lake. Since the change in elevation between the lower and upper trailheads is 686 feet, the ride is preferable in the downhill direction. One advantage to riding the trail uphill is the feeling you have that you're a part of history, following the route of countless early visitors to the chateau. And like those early visitors, you feel awe as you first set eyes on this magical lake.

Lake Louise Tramline Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Before roads were built and automobiles honked their way through the Rockies, this route was the sole domain of horsepackers and locomotives. Between 1913 and 1930 an open-roofed tram carried visitors from the train station to Chateau Lake Louise along this historic route.

While the tracks may be gone, the trail remains, and today it forms a great 3-mile point-to-point access between the village and the lake. Since the change in elevation between the lower and upper trailheads is 686 feet, the ride is preferable in the downhill direction. One advantage to riding the trail uphill is the feeling you have that you're a part of history, following the route of countless early visitors to the chateau. And like those early visitors, you feel awe as you first set eyes on this magical lake."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 686 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Early June to late September
Local Contacts: Banff National Park, 403-762-1550
Local Maps: NTS 82 O / 4 Banff; Guide to Lake Louise Day Hikes
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Louise Tramline Trail

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May 2018