Saddleback Loop

Lake Louise, Alberta

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The Saddleback circuit takes you from Lake Louise to a scenic pass studded with majestic alpine larches, and then down through Sheol Valley to Paradise Valley, returning to Lake Louise by a forested trail. You can shorten the trip by going only to the Saddleback (3.7 km, 2.3 hours return), the highlight of the circuit, featuring a sublime view of the glaciated north face of Mt. Temple. From the Saddleback, you can scramble up the steep (loose stones on the path) trail to Fairview Mtn. (1.3 km, 400 m above the Saddleback), with outstanding views of the Lake Louise cirque, or the easier but fainter trail up Saddle Mountain (0.8 km, 90 m above the Saddleback), with spectacular views of Paradise Valley. Marmots and pikas frequent the Saddleback.

Saddleback Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Saddleback circuit takes you from Lake Louise to a scenic pass studded with majestic alpine larches, and then down through Sheol Valley to Paradise Valley, returning to Lake Louise by a forested trail.

You can shorten the trip by going only to the Saddleback (3.7 km, 2.3 hours return), the highlight of the circuit, featuring a sublime view of the glaciated north face of Mt. Temple. From the Saddleback, you can scramble up the steep (loose stones on the path) trail to Fairview Mtn. (1.3 km, 400 m above the Saddleback), with outstanding views of the Lake Louise cirque, or the easier but fainter trail up Saddle Mountain (0.8 km, 90 m above the Saddleback), with spectacular views of Paradise Valley. Marmots and pikas frequent the Saddleback."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 9.1
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Saddleback Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/1985
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This trail is one of my most memorable outdoor experiences. Myself and two friends hiked this to saddleback and back a week after Calgary had a freak (but severe) summer snowstorm. Although it was hot (about 80F) we were knee deep in snow (which was a mind blowing experience). We could hear avalanches when we were crossing the chutes, but we didn't see any. After hiking to the saddle and having lunch, we hiked up the saddle to a peak. Absolutely gorgous views - and we found you could throw your voice around the mountain. I would recommend th short version of this hike to anybody!!



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May 2018