Giant Steps

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20.6 km
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753 m
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Giant Steps Hike

This hike is often forgotten as it begins at a lesser-known trailhead on Moraine Lake Road. The Giant Steps Hike is a great way to leave the crowds behind and feel like you have the park to yourself. A backcountry campground is located just beyond the Giant Steps and is a great place to spend the night.

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Route Description for Giant Steps

The Giant Steps hike is one of the lesser-known trails in the Lake Louise area but is one of the most beautiful. This is a great day hike that will provide some solitude from the thousands of people at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Watch for road closures and let the traffic staff know you will be using the Paradise Valley trailhead.

This trail takes hikers up Paradise Creek and passes by the stunning Lake Annette, which makes a great stop for a rest. You will gain elevation as you climb through the incredible and other-worldly Paradise Valley. Mount Temple rises high to your left, while Sheol Mountain, Mount Aberdeen, and the Mitre stand tall on your right. Make your way to the Giant Steps at 10.3 km, where you will find enormous rock formations that truly look like steps made for giants. Enjoy the solitude at the Giant Steps before returning the way you came.

Want to find more amazing Lake Louise hikes? Check out the Plain of the 6 Glaciers, Sentinel Pass, Morraine Lake or the Skoki Lakes hike.

Getting to the Giant Steps Trailhead

From Lake Louise Village, head straight on Lake Louise Drive through the four-way stop and up the hill. Turn left onto Moraine Lake Road, and after 2.4 km, you will find the Paradise Valley parking lot on your right. Park here and follow signs to Giant Steps.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites

    Paradise Valley (Pa10)

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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