Giant Steps Hike
Giant Steps Hike

Giant Steps hike

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Natural stone block waterfalls hiden in the forest of the rocky moutains Banff National Park

Giant Steps hike

Distance: 12.8mi
Elevation: 2,470ft
Time: 5.5-8h

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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.

Giant Steps Hike Map

Getting there

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 1.5mi, you will find the Paradise Valley parking lot on your right. Park here and follow signs to Giant Steps.

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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

Giant Steps
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Giant Steps Trail Description

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 6.4mi, 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.



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