Panorama from Cobb Lake hike in Kootenay National Park
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Cobb Lake hike

Kootenay National Park
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Cobb Lake hike

Distance: 3.9mi
Elevation: 781ft
Time: 2-2.5h

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The Cobb Lake hike is a good family hike in Kootenay National Park. This is a great hike for a hot, sunny day, though be sure to check the status of this hike, as there are often Bear Closures.

Cobb Lake hike Map

Getting there

From Radium, go East on the 93S highway to Banff for 9.3mi and look for the Cobb Lake parking lot on the right.

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About

When to do

June - October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

High

Route Type

Out and back


Cobb Lake
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Route Description for Cobb Lake

On a hot summer day, a hike to Cobb Lake is a good option if you’re near Radium. The hike is primarily in the forest, so you have shade on most of the hike. Before starting this hike, make sure to check the status of this hike, as there are often Bear Closures. You can check the status on the Parks Canada Bulletins page.

Start at a large and well-signed trailhead, and immediately follow the Cobb Lake trail, a clear trail that goes through the forest. The trail feels magical as it makes you make your way through the forest and thick beautiful foliage.

The trail initially descends to Swede Creek before climbing back up on the other side to Cobb Lake. Cobb Lake is a pretty lake, though it doesn’t have the stunning beauty of other lakes in Kootenay National Park.

Return the way you came back to your car. The ascent up from Swede Creek can be tiring if you are not used to hiking.

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Insider Hints

  • If you are with little legs, keep in mind that the descent to Swede Creek will now be an ascent on the way out.

  • This Cobb Lake trail, like many in Kootenay National Park, is often closed due to bear activity. Check the status on the Parks Canada Bulletins page, and be sure to respect the signs and closures.

  • Stop at Radium Hot Springs afterwards for a relaxing dip in the restorative hot springs. For hot days, continue 15 minutes past Radium to Invermere, and go for a dip at Kinsmen Beach!

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RandyO 1 year ago

Lovely trail with few ascends that my little ones enjoyed.

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Hiking-eh 1 year ago

Beautiful trail. Good trail for a quick hike.

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Niamh Gorget 2 years ago

It's amazing how this short hike can be rewarding once done with a group than when done alone. I've been here a couple of times before alone.

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Nathan R. 2 years ago

Lovely hike in Kootenay. We saw many bear signs such as scat on the trail but no bears. Definitely make sure to bring some bear spray!

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Dan G. 2 years ago

Amazing trail. Good trail for a quick hike in Kootenay. Stunning views of Cobb Lake.

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Jessie Illumin 2 years ago

Wonderful trail and surroundings. Plenty of spots to take pictures. Lots of people around too.

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Tara Green 2 years ago

was there last year and it was a great length, good trail, and very few bugs

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Nadeem Medulla 2 years ago

Beautiful trail without the fuss! The views are absolutely gorgeous. Autumn is definitely the best time to go if you want to the brilliant color of the thick foliage.

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Jango l. 2 years ago

I prefer Olive Lake but this one is not that bad at all!

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Andy J. 2 years ago

Kids-friendly hike. Extremely doable for them and I am glad they enjoyed the trip.

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