Consolation Lakes hike

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Consolation Lakes hike

Distance: 5.8km
Elevation: 135m
Time: 1.5-3h

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The Consolation Lake trail is a favorite family hike near Lake Louise, and can be paired with the Moraine Lake Rockpile and Lakeshore hike. Hike along Babel Creek to Consolation Lakes, which are fringed with stunning glacier clad mountains.

Consolation Lakes hike Map

Getting there

If you want to park at Moraine Lake, your best bet is to get there before 6am. To get there, take Lake Louise Drive from Lake Louise Village for 2.0km, then turn left on Moraine Lake Road and follow for 12.2km. Most people end up taking the public transportation.

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When to do

May through October

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Family friendly


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Route Type

Out and back

Consolation Lakes
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Route Description for Consolation Lakes hike

Parking at Moraine Lake is extremely limited, and the best bet is to aim to get to Moraine Lake before 6am if you want to park.

There are paid shuttle options to Moraine Lake Parking lot.  These are available from the Lake Louise Village and the Lake Louise Overflow Parking lot which is where traffic will be redirected to once the Moraine Lake Parking Lot is full. There is nowhere to line up if access is blocked to Moraine Lake Road.

You can also ride a bike to Moraine Lake, and it’s a beautiful ride.

From the Moraine Lake parking lot, follow signposts leading off to the left towards Consolation Lakes. Continue on this route by crossing the bridge and follow the trail, noting that this hike often requires hiking in groups due to bear activity.

This path is well-maintained and the scenery is excellent as you hike below the Tower of Babel on your right and then through a boulder field that leads to a pleasant forest walk. You’ll be surprised how quickly the crowds of Moraine Lake melt away and you can enjoy the solitude and beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

The landscape opens as you approach Lower Consolation Lake. Many people stop here, however you can continue to Upper Consolation Lake via either side of the lake. We recommend taking the route through scree, as the other side can be quite wet.

Insider Hints

  • Try to begin before 8am or after 5pm for fewer crowds and better access to parking.

  • Pair this hike with Moraine Lakeshore and Rockpile for a wonderful morning.


bigfootJOE 4 months ago

We've extended this hike adding another one after, but this part is great by itself.

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HikingPhreek 5 months ago

Consolation Lakes was a beautiful hike with some amazing mountain views.

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VicTor 5 months ago

Amazing mountains all around. Great to take your kids here. To teach some appreciation for mother nature

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Peggy Rosie 6 months ago

Great easy hike, good for families

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WanderlustKing 6 months ago

Easy walk, nice views

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PMahesh 6 months ago

Arrive early cuz the car park fills up very fast

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