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The Herbert Lake hike is a short loop around a beautiful roadside lake. Often bypassed by those driving the Icefields Parkway, the Herbert Lake trail is a wonderful way to stretch your legs, walk the dog, and hop in for a swim!
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Route Description for Herbert Lake
From the parking lot, head left towards the bathrooms, where you will find the trail. This hike is 1.6 km, so it won’t take very long. This is a very accessible hike and a great stop for the whole family. Picnic tables and amenities are situated at the parking and day-use area if you would like to add on a picnic or rest.
From the trailhead, continue south along the trail between the lake and the highway. The trail will soon start to curve to the right, making its way around the lake. If you visit Herbert Lake on a busy day, you are sure to see the locals cooling off in the water. This is one of the few lakes that warms up enough to swim in, so don’t be shy and jump in yourself!
Hiking Route Highlights
The Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in North America. Herbert Lake rests just at the edge of the drive, so whether you are starting or finishing your adventure on the drive between Banff and Jasper, stopping at Herbert Lake is a great choice. Be sure to check out the incredible viewpoints and trails along the Icefields Parkway as you travel between two national parks! Don’t forget your park pass!
Insider Hints for Herbert Lake
- Plan a picnic at this quiet pit stop
- Bring your swimsuit and jump in along the way!
- Look for the old diving board taken from the Chateau Lake Louise
Getting to the Herbert Lake Trailhead
From the Trans-Canada Highway, head westbound passing Lake Louise. Continue 6.0 km from the Lake Louise exit onto the Icefields Parkway (93N) and to Herbert Lake parking lot. The turn is on your left and comes up quickly after the Icefields Parkway entrance.
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