Sentinel Pass, Banff National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • I hiked the 8.5 km Larch Valley Trail at Moraine Lake on the morning of September 28, 2020 (did not go all the way to Sentinel Pass). It was an amazing larch hike! ⁣ ⁣ The trail began along the flat.....  more »
  • I love the view of this place. Good place for taking pictures if your into nature photography. A must visit place.  more »
  • Hike through Larch Valley and on up to Sentinel Pass. It was a nice climb in the chill of mid-September but the crowds were down and nice to see all the snow on the mountains.  more »
  • Great hike (it takes about 3-5hours round trip if you want to go to Sentinel pass ridge). Spectacular views of the Larch valley, you actually hike through it on your way up. I would recommend good hiking boots or sturdy runners. If you’re coming in the summer during tourist season, you might not be able to get into the parking lot. We parked in the lot just outside of Lake Louise before you turn in and hitch hiked into the parking lot. You can also do the loop, which is absolutely amazing and a good workout (about 20km total). Bring water and careful of bears!
  • Went two weeks ago, the snow completely covered the golden larch trees. I would recommend poles for the snowy path up Sentinel Pass. We found this to be a short hike, 4 max round trip. I would do this trail again, perhaps on a nicer, sunnier day.
  • Nice easy hike, amazing 360 view. Fall is the best time because of the larches changing color. Gets a bit windy at the top so bringing a light jacket would be beneficial. Lots of other hikers so you prob won't get lost.
  • If you can reach the top of the pass, the view to both sides is spectacular!
  • It's a steady uphill all the way to the pass with few switch backs at the end. 500 m elevation gain to Larch Valley and 730 m to Sentinel Pass. Very rewarding hike. It has got a bit of everything... forest, lakes and rocks.

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