Sentinel Pass

Lake Louise, Alberta

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This is one of my favourite hikes in the mountains. After the first switchback the views are superb all the way to Sentinel Pass. Walter Wilcox even appreciated the stark scene across the pass: “The north side of Pinnacle Mt. with its chaos of tottering rock walls, pinnacles and aiguilles shows a wonderful example of erosion.” So popular is the route that during autumn larch season, the trail gets overcrowded. The grade is moderate most of the way, but there are short steep sections: one at the start, another in the final switchbacks to the pass where the rock is loose. (Good boots are recommended.) This is the highest trail in the area.

Sentinel Pass Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of my favourite hikes in the mountains. After the first switchback the views are superb all the way to Sentinel Pass. Walter Wilcox even appreciated the stark scene across the pass: “The north side of Pinnacle Mt. with its chaos of tottering rock walls, pinnacles and aiguilles shows a wonderful example of erosion.”

So popular is the route that during autumn larch season, the trail gets overcrowded. The grade is moderate most of the way, but there are short steep sections: one at the start, another in the final switchbacks to the pass where the rock is loose. (Good boots are recommended.) This is the highest trail in the area."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Louise
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best in summer months
Local Contacts: Banff National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Sentinel Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2006
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To complete this trail you need a minimum group number of 6. We climbed up to where most people turn around and go back the same way to the parking lot. But instead we continued down the other side. The trail consisted of large rocks, shale, snow, then returned to narrow trail with many rocks and roots. Trail signage was adequate. We were suprised with sighting a marten in a tree about an hour from finishing. He was so cute and curious about hikers but maintained his position. I think this hike was the highlight of our holiday and recommend it highly. The photos turned out great. Take first aid for blisters, and a hiking stick.


6/4/2004
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