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Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 9 December 2018

We took the long way from Paradise Valley which a nice hike surrounding you with many many mountains. The hike up to the pass itself is much more difficult, you need a bit more experience to go up the rocks and feel comfortable with some...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank sylboh
Reviewed 27 September 2018

This moderate hike is fabulous! After walking through the forest along some switchbacks with views of Lake Morraine peaking through, you enter a meadow lined with beautiful golden larches. The combination of the larches, snow capped mouintains and green pine trees was spectacular. Further along,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank Zooks13
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Absolutely gorgeous trail. The latches were amazing. It was busy, very busy for a midweek trip in late September, but I know why. The views you get are breathtaking. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There is some elevation gain, but not too...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank deathracerJH
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

We started the Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass hike around 8am. The trail was reasonably empty going up but by the time we came down there were loads of people on the trail. The start of the Larch Valley hike is a series of switchbacks,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JSmart353
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We did this hike on Sept 16 and there was fresh snow on the ground. The larch trees haven’t exploded into yellow yet, but it was fun seeing the valley in snow. We usually hike this trail every September, and this was probably the earliest...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Wanderer336
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful hike. We didnt go all the way to Sentinel Pass but turned back at the far end of the larch trees. There have been several days of snow and the path was very snowy, icy & slushy and therefore harder going than if dry...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank susanaH2778BY
Reviewed 31 August 2018

It's quite some hike to get up here. I think we had an elevation gain of 790 metres/2550 feet from the trailhead at the lake. But a really stunning hike. The last bit up to Sentinel Pass is a steep switchback, but doable if you're...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank David E
Reviewed 28 August 2018

The Larch trail starts at Moraine Lake and you spend about 90 minutes creeping uphill. You need to be in good shape, but I'm 58 and no Olympic athlete. The vistas showing the 10 peaks is well worth the journey. We stopped at the lake...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank pvsmith2016
Reviewed 28 August 2018

A long trail across Larch Valley from a start point at Moraine Lake takes you to the base of a series of switch backs that lead you to the crest of the pass. Once there you are rewarded with sweeping views south towards the peaks...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank stephenl6068
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Hiked this trail in August with my wife and 2 boys (9 and 6). Totally worth it. As described elsewhere (blogs or AllTrails) the elevation climb, 2,383 f) over 7 miles can be daunting. But the elevation climb comes mostly in the beginning to Larch...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank getoutthere21
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31 January 2019|
Response from Wanderer336 | Reviewed this property |
Sentinel Pass is a spectacular but strenuous hike. There’s a pretty steep climb up an exposed slope, so a fair bit of stamina is needed. Consolation Lake is a much easier hike that ends at a scenic lake. If you’ve got small... More
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30 July 2018|
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Response from 298miriamz | Reviewed this property |
We hiked Sentinel on July 17. It is recommended but not required that you hike in groups of 4 or larger. If you get to the trailhead early (6:15 a.m.), like we did, you might want to wait for another group to join. If you... More
18 May 2018|
Response from Wanderer336 |
Our boys were a similar age when we did this hike (and other) with no trouble. If your girls are experienced hikers, they should have no trouble.