Jun-Oct
Season
8:30am
Departure Time
7 Hours
Duration
12+
Age
Active
Activity

With hundreds of hiking trails available how do you know which on to choose? Come with us!  Our guides have picked their favourite ‘signature’ trails, and some lessor known ones.  Hike safely in a small group and enjoy an alpine picnic lunch.

We have selected what we consider the best of the best when it comes to getting out there and spending time in the backcountry of the Rocky Mountain National Parks. From the explosion of wildflowers in the spring, to the clear glacier views in the summer, to the brilliant golden of the larch trees in the fall, hiking in the rockies should not be missed.

Our Interpretive Guides priority is having a safe, fun and informative tour that connects you more to where you are visiting. We hike in small groups which is recommended for safety to reduce wildlife encounters. Hiking time is between four and six hours. You  must have sturdy footwear and we recommend dressing in layers to adapt to constant weather changes.

Hiking Trail Schedule

Refer the Trail Schedule for distance, elevation, hiking time and difficulty rating for each trail.

Sunday Kootenay National Park Trails
Monday Larch Valley, Lake Louise
Tuesday Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park
Wednesday Plain of Six Glaciers
Thursday Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park
Friday Plain of Six Glaciers
Saturday Larch Valley, Lake Louise
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Use of binoculars
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

Hiking Schedule

Kootenay National Park Sunday
Larch Valley, Lake Louise Monday & Saturday
Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park Tuesday & Thursday
Plain of Six Glaciers Wednesday & Friday

Early and late season itinerary changes may apply during June 1st -14th


Hike to Kootenay National Park Trails – Sunday

Travel to three short hiking trails within Kootenay National Park such as Vista Lake, Marble Canyon, Numa Falls, Paint Pots, and Fireweed Loops. Enjoy connecting with nature with a variety of different views of the National Park. This trip is ideal for families and first time hikers!

  • Rated: Easy
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Return Distance: 8km (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 150m (492ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 from Banff

Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers – Wednesday and Friday

Your hike starts by hiking along the Lake Louise shoreline to the back of the lake before ascending up an ancient glacial valley. As you get higher, the colour of the lake becomes even more stunning and the crowds begin to disappear. The trail turns into single track and the immensity of the the valley and its peaks becomes even more apparent. Near to your final destination is the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House where cakes and tea are served all day long – be sure to bring some cash!  Just past the teahouse you will be treated to views of the six glaciers feeding into the valley and Lake Louise.  If time and group ability allows you may be able to hike further to view historic Abbot Pass.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 10.6km (6.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 340m (1100 feet)
  • Departs: 8:30 from Banff, 9:15 from Lake Louise

Hike to Stanley Glacier – Tuesday and Thursday

Journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice. The trail switchbacks moderately for the first half of the hike, through regrowth from the most recent fire, allowing for unparalleled views down over Vermillion Pass back to Castle Mountain. You then follow the trail between sheer towering walls of Mount Stanley and Storm Mountain until you leave the forest behind to emerge in a land of ice and rock and may even find some fossils! Eat your lunch directly beneath the ancient ice of Stanley Glacier before you head back down.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Return Distance: 8.4km (5.25miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 395m (1285ft)
  • Departs: 08:30 from Banff

Hike to Larch Valley – Monday and Saturday

Trail restrictions due to bear activity make this an ideal hike to take with a guided group. Beginning from the Valley of the Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake, the trail climbs, really climbs, up 10 switchbacks to Larch Valley on a well maintained trail. After reaching the Valley, the trail easily ambles through a larch forest and then begins to gain elevation again towards Sentinal Pass and the Minestimma Lakes. Towards the Pass, views of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake and gigantic Mt. Temple (3543m/11,625ft) will complete your experience.

  • Rated: Moderate
  • Hiking time: 4 -5 hours
  • Distance:  9.0km (5.6 miles)
  • Elevation gain: 535m (1500ft)
  • Departs: 8:30 from Banff, 9:15 from Lake Louise
Included
  • Small group size (up to 12 guests per guide)
  • Professional certified guide
  • Use of binoculars
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Meal
  • Alpine Picnic Lunch
Guide Quote

Rob's Pick

"There's never a bad view on the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, and you're walking in the footsteps of the legendary Swiss Guides." - Rob , Hiking Guide, Discover Banff Tours

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