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Moraine Lake Rockpile Professional Review and Guide
"The views from the Rockpile are breathtaking. The view of the lake and its backdrop are also so marvelous, that one tends to ignore the impressive but distant mountains in the Skoki area seen to the northeast. Facing away from Moraine Lake, you see Pika and Ptarmigan peaks, Redoubt and Lipalian mountains, the top of Mt. Douglas, and Mt. St. Bride with its great tower. Wilcox, one of the men who discovered Moraine Lake, named the tarn because he thought this boulder pile was a moraine. Geologists today believe the Rockpile was formed by at least two chaotic landslides from the Tower of Babel. There are trees growing on the older landslide where the rocks are covered with lichens. The younger slide is bare rock with little vegetation. Golden-mantled ground squirrels are common here. Pikas and marmots are also seen."
--Don Beers, Short Walks Near Lake Louise (Rocky Mountain Books).
Take the best photo of your trip from this rock pile. AMAZING! Very busy, though. Go before 9 or take the shuttle. Evening pics okay (see uploaded pics), and overcast or partly cloudy pics the best.
This is indeed one of the best views in Banff National Park. Avoid the tourist swarms by arriving early or late in the day. Afterwards, take advantage of the reasonably priced canoe rentals at the lodge ($35 / hr), for an intimate and up-close view of the lake.
Well done. The directions and trail is well defined and the photo of the lake is breathtaking.
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