Glacier Lake
Glacier Lake

Glacier Lake hike

Along Icefields Parkway
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Glacier Lake Hike

Glacier Lake hike

Distance: 10.5mi
Elevation: 1,050ft
Time: 4-5.5h

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The relatively flat Glacier Lake trail is commonly used by backpackers; however, it makes for an excellent day hike. Whether you are travelling the entirety of the Icefields Parkway or just looking to add a scenic drive to your hike, this is a great hike.

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Getting there

To get to Glacier Lake, travel along the Icefields Parkway northbound from Lake Louise. Continue for 46.6mi to the Saskatchewan River Crossing. You will pass a highway junction for Highway 11, roughly 0.6mi before the trailhead. The Glacier Lake trailhead is well-signed and located on your left 1km past the junction.

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When to do


Backcountry Campsites

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Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Older Children only

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Route Type

Out and back

Glacier Lake
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Glacier Lake Trail Description

The well-signed Glacier Lake trail is primarily used by backpackers, which minimizes the general traffic along the trail. Leave the parking lot and join the obvious trail at the trail sign. Begin hiking through the forest for roughly 1.2mi before coming to a bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, where you will begin to see some views.

Continue on the trail, catching glimpses of the Howse River and surrounding peaks as you pass by some clearings. About 1km before reaching the lake, you will need to climb a hill gaining roughly 656ft before descending to Glacier Lake. Enjoy the amenities at the campsite by the lake before turning back.



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