Moraine Lake Trail

Lake Louise, Alberta

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The trail lies between the village of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. This intermediate-level, out-and-back trail provides 6.05 miles of technical riding with unsurpassed views, followed by 5.46 miles of fast, downhill pavement pedaling. It allows the rider to parallel the Moraine Lake Road, climb high onto the shoulder of Mount Temple, and descend to Moraine Lake. The views along the second half of the trail are some of the best in the Rockies. To the southwest, the Valley of the Ten Peaks lies before you. Count them if you will. at the base of this solid mountain barrier is Moraine Lake, one of the most picturesque gems in the mountains. Numerous stretches can be very muddy in wet weather, but most of the trail is rideable. As you reach the shoulder of Mount Temple, the trail makes a gradual righthand turn to the valley of Moraine Creek. This spot marks the high point in elevation. It also means the trail will open up with some splendid views down the valley toward Moraine Lake. As you continue toward the lake, the trail traverses several winter avalanche slopes; although the slopes provide excellent views, you’ll need your concentration to negotiate the rocks along this stretch.

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"The trail lies between the village of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. This intermediate-level, out-and-back trail provides 6.05 miles of technical riding with unsurpassed views, followed by 5.46 miles of fast, downhill pavement pedaling. It allows the rider to parallel the Moraine Lake Road, climb high onto the shoulder of Mount Temple, and descend to Moraine Lake. The views along the second half of the trail are some of the best in the Rockies. To the southwest, the Valley of the Ten Peaks lies before you. Count them if you will. at the base of this solid mountain barrier is Moraine Lake, one of the most picturesque gems in the mountains.

Numerous stretches can be very muddy in wet weather, but most of the trail is rideable. As you reach the shoulder of Mount Temple, the trail makes a gradual righthand turn to the valley of Moraine Creek. This spot marks the high point in elevation. It also means the trail will open up with some splendid views down the valley toward Moraine Lake. As you continue toward the lake, the trail traverses several winter avalanche slopes; although the slopes provide excellent views, you’ll need your concentration to negotiate the rocks along this stretch."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 11.51
Elevation Gain: 1,875 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Mid-June into late September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,680 feet
Top Elevation: 6,650 feet
Local Contacts: Banff National Park, 403-762-1550.
Local Maps: Topo: 82 N / 8 Lake Louise. Map Town's map, Lake Louise and Yoho.
Driving Directions: Directions to Moraine Lake Trail

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May 2018