Sarbach Lookout

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12.6 km
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1,077 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Hiking to Sarbach Lookout is a great way to cleanse your palate after walking through the crowds at Mistaya Canyon. You will be able to see the famed canyon before continuing on and leaving the crowds behind. Take in unbeatable views of Glacier Lake and Howse Pass from the lookout.

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Route Description for Sarbach Lookout

The Sarbach Lookout trail follows the ridge of Mount Sarbach to a beautiful lookout. The peak itself involves a difficult and dangerous scramble route, which makes the lookout an unquestionable choice.

From the corner of the Mistaya Canyon parking lot, you will be able to locate trail signs easily. Follow the access road towards Mistaya Canyon, where you will likely encounter extreme crowds in the summer. Follow trail signs for Sarbach Lookout and continue alongside the crystal blue Mistaya River. You will cross some marshy sections that can be very wet early in the season.

The trail will begin to climb steadily to the lookout, where you will be able to see nearby Glacier Lake and the historically significant Howse Pass. Enjoy the views before returning to the parking area.

Getting to the Sarbach Lookout Trailhead

From the southern end of the Icefields Parkway near Lake Louise, travel 69.0 km to the Mistaya Canyon parking area and pull in here for your hike.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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