Sentinel Pass, Lake Louise

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  • Spectacular 7+ mile moderate hike that starts off easy then moves to steep switchbacks that end in stunning views of the ten peaks and Paradise Valley. Go early, bring lots of water, and take your tim...  more »
  • This is where the moraine Lake in the back is where the trail is a wonderful Golden mushroom known then as if you visit this place, the best time is September and October, you can say this place is a must visit for good by the time is 6 hours away
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  • The final climb is a bit steep but it is really worth to go. The view is incredible on mountains, Minnewanka Lake, forest, ....  more »
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  • Loved this hike. Plan to go again soon. It was stunning to pass through larch valley to get to this pass. The views are incredible. One hiker we passed said that this was a hike that even short legged hikers could do and I agree! The trail is wide and well maintained and very busy. Brought two small dogs and they did the hike no problem. No scrambling involved. Just a fair amount of switchbacks due to the elevation gain but so worth it.
  • Gorgeous hike in Autumn. Larch trees were beautiful. Need to arrive VERY early in late September to get parking at Moraine Lake. It's a bit crazy but you need to get there before 7:00am as the lot fills up very quickly. Once we parked we just sat in the car until the sun rose then got onto the trail. The first hour of the trail is a bit tedious - just a bunch of forest switchbacks. Once you get past those you will reap your reward in the form of beautiful views of the ten peaks and Larch Valley. You then continue through the valley and up a couple large brief switchbacks to Sentinel Pass. The good news is that you can enjoy the views with only a little bit of company early in the day since the majority of visitors stay at the lakefront but you will encounter a lot more traffic on the way back down. Enjoy!
  • Very tough to do in the snow, but well worth it! Wear hiking boots and a face mask if it's snowy, because the wind will be strong and the path very slippery. Hiking poles also very helpful in the snow.
  • The hike up to Sentinel pass is so fun! Hiked from the paradise valley side down to moraine lake, which is the best way to go to look at lots of mountains!
  • Little crowded at peak season, hike is easy with lovely views. Brings you to start of the scramble up mount temple

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