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    Mosquito Creek Hike

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    422 m
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    Mosquito Creek

    Starting from Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel, this hike winds up the Mosquito Valley, providing occasional views of the grand Noseeum Mountain. It will lead hikers to the flowing Mosquito Creek, where a quaint backcountry campground is situated. This is a great rest stop for lunch as there are picnic tables and pit toilets.

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    Route Description for Mosquito Creek Hike

    Mosquito Creek trail starts on the east side of the Icefields Parkway across from Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel. The trail follows the Mosquito Valley to the Mo5 campground, where your turnaround point will be. As you wind through Mosquito Valley, you will come to various clearings that give excellent views of Nooseum Mountain. After 2.6 km, you will find a faint trail to the OXO Peak scramble route off to the left. Stay on the main trail, and another faint trail for the same scramble will appear in another 500 m. Continue along the trail through the forest for about 800 m before passing another faint trail to the left that leads to Quartzite Peak.

    The trail is reliable and straightforward, leading to the creek crossing and footbridge at the Mosquito Creek Campground. The trail continues on to some more difficult trails and campgrounds at Molar Creek and Fish Lakes, respectively. Beware that the campground serves as a junction for further backpacking routes as well as the scramble routes for Mosquito Mountain and Ramp Peak. These are all excellent additions for those looking for a longer, more technical day.

    The hike to Mosquito Creek is a great option for families or those who aren’t ready for more distance and elevation. This hike may be a 10.0 km roundtrip, but Mosquito Creek is still a great distance for a day hike. You will be mostly in the valley, so don’t expect any grand alpine views. You will catch some of the surrounding peaks and be able to enjoy the calm sounds of the creek at the campground where your hike will end.

    Insider Hints for Mosquito Creek Hike

    • Plan a stay at the Wilderness Hostel for a fun excursion
    • Book a site at Mo5 campground for an overnight hike
    • Take the whole family on this easy-to-accomplish trail

    Getting to the Mosquito Creek Hike Trailhead

    To get to Mosquito Creek hike, travel along the Trans-Canada Highway from Banff, continuing on to the Icefields Parkway (93N) Highway. Make sure you have a valid park pass here. From the beginning of the Icefields Parkway, travel 30.0 km north until you reach the Mosquito Creek Wilderness Hostel. Turn left to the hostel and park in the parking lot. Cross the highway to the east side, where you will begin your hike up Mosquito Creek.

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    • Backcountry Campsites

      Mosquito Creek (Mo5) Parks Canada

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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