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Helen Lake Trail

Icefield Parkway 32 km N Lake Louise, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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One of the best hikes I have ever done!

Loved this trail! It starts in the trees, then opens up beautifully to alpine meadows with... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2017
Elyse Q
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Alberta, Canada
Scenic stop

Think you probably need to do a bit of hiking to make the most of the lake but you still get some... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
Neil C
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Southampton
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Icefield Parkway 32 km N Lake Louise, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Loved this trail! It starts in the trees, then opens up beautifully to alpine meadows with incredible mountain views. It is a big day of hiking so I would bring a picnic lunch and warm layers.

2  Thank Elyse Q
Reviewed 30 October 2016

Think you probably need to do a bit of hiking to make the most of the lake but you still get some fairly spectacular views from the pull offs along the road - though the road is packed with such views and stop off

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Did this hike 3 times as it´s one the premier hikes along the Icefields Parkway you can easily go to. It´s about a 12 km roundtrip to Helen Lake, but you should try to climb the Ridge once you've reached Helen Lake. It adds just...More

1  Thank ellien_v_d_kooij
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Loved this hike and I'll go again. Lots of Marmots at the lake! It's rated easy I think but it's a good walk up. Don't expect it to be flat. Super cool!

1  Thank FindNewDigs
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Great day hike and worth the effort especially up to Dolomite Pass. If you make it to Helen Lake then you need to make that extra effort to head up to the pass (or branch off in another direction once you reach the ridge) and...More

Thank gw b
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The alpine views are beautiful with wildflowers growing everywhere. The lake is a jewel. The trail is not real difficult for a beginner.

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This hike has it all - hiking in the pines, through flowering meadows, across streams, to lovely Helen Lake! After lunch we hiked a little further up to the Dolomite Ridge. Saw lots of fluffy marmots running around, and bear paw prints on snow patches!

2  Thank joyful1LasVegas
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Pretty wildflowers. Vast vistas. Beautiful clear mountain lake. This hike wasn't too strenuous or too easy. I recommend that people go during the busy season because it's busy due to the flowers coming out and the general good weather. This is one of the better...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Booked this tour through Information Centre and travelled with Brewsters. The coach was clean and driver smart. Passed through some breathtaking scenery and the driver/guide was very well informed. Was fortunate to see Grizzly Bear and two Black Bears. Icefields magnificent and ride in customised...More

Thank darz42
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

I did this hike with my brother. Great hike with lots of steep uphill areas. Amazing scenery to Hector Lake and the beautiful surrounding mountains. We did this hike over the May 24 weekend and there was still a lot of patches of snow along...More

Thank Cindy P
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