Helen-Lake

Hiking Banff National Park – Helen Lake

An awesome wildflower season hike, the Helen Lake trail is also a good option for early fall. It offers great views of Crowfoot Glacier across the valley, has a relatively modest elevation gain of just under 600 meters from trailhead to lake shore, and includes a long stretch of trail with expansive views of Dolomite Peak and several unnamed ridges and peaks. Upon reaching the scenic highlight that is Helen Lake, there are a few options to extend the day, including hiking to the Cirque Peak or a nice ridge walk above the lake.

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Dolomite Peak from the meadow enroute to Helen Lake

Hiking Banff National Park – Helen Lake

Although we were out on our mountain bikes several times this week (including a ride to the Canmore Nordic Centre, where we easily completed the green loop), it’s been almost a week since our last hike. Since it’s a long weekend here in Alberta, we anticipated many of the premier hiking trails in the Banff…