Panorama from the Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass hike in Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
Panorama from the Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass hike in Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass hike

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Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass hike

Distance: 17.1km
Elevation: 720m
Time: 6-7h

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The Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass trail includes a stunning climb up from Moraine Lake with views of the incredible Valley of the 10 Peaks. From the pass enjoy a view into another solitary valley. The wonderful Eiffel Lake is midway through the hike – a destination itself.

Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass 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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About

When to do

June through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Trailhead

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass
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Route Description for Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass

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, walk towards the lake and the lodge. Although the Lake will typically be very crowded between 9 am and 4:30 pm, with the longer daylight hours in the summer months you may have a window to enjoy the lake with fewer people if you’re willing to start outside of the rush hours.

Continue with Moraine Lake on your left-hand side and follow the trail markers for a few hundred meters until you see another sign indicating the start of the trail on the right-hand side. This is a prime bear habitat and therefore during certain times of the year Parks Canada requires hiking in groups to limit bear encounters. Those without the minimum number of hikers often wait by the sign for the next group and offer to hike together to meet size requirements.

The trail immediately starts to climb through the forest with a steady and demanding grade. This is a well-maintained trail, but not ideal to take a child carrier up due to rocks and tree roots. As you continue, make sure to savor the glimpses of the azure blue waters of Lake Moraine and the incredible Ten Peaks through the breaks in the trees. After approximately 350m and a 40-minute climb later, you will reach a fork in the road. Take the route less travelled, going towards Eiffel Lake, not Sentinel Pass.

After approximately another 20 minutes you’ll emerge from the forest onto a rocky, barren slope. A clear, impressive view of the Ten Peaks can be seen from this point. Continue along this predominately flat trail until you reach Eiffel Lake. If this is as far as you are planning to go – stop, admire the views, snap a few photos, then start heading back.

If you have the energy, continue on to Wenkchemna Pass, following the trail, which winds around the right edge of the valley. We once completed this pass when it was quite snowy, which required extensive route finding. Normally during the summer the trail tends to clear.

A few steep switchbacks and some scree slopes later, you will be atop Wenkchemna Pass, with one of the best views of the Ten Peaks. Look back over the pass down into the secluded valley behind you and get a rare glimpse into a world untouched by humans. Return the way you came, and prepare yourself that you may be initially jarred by the sudden influx of people as you approach the parking lot.

Want to find more amazing Lake Louise hikes? Check out the Moraine Lake hike, Plain of the 6 Glaciers hike or the Skoki Lakes Hike.

Insider Hints

  • Be sure to carry bear spray and hike in a group legally large enough (usually 4 people), as many bears inhabit the area around Moraine Lake.

  • There are many fantastic picnicking spots around Eiffel Lake, so perhaps opt to pack a delicious lunch rather than purchase one at the lodge.

  • The Eiffel Lake hike was named one of the best hikes near Banff.

Comments

Lambert Y. 6 months ago

The less-traveled route was fantastic! I wouldn't say I recommend it, because if that happens, it might need to change how they call it.

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Elmer J. 6 months ago

Lots of scenery! Worth every stop!

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Fitzgerald Hikes 7 months ago

Simply superb. We struggled to find parking despite being there at an insane hour, so I'd wait to do this until the shuttles open up again. The views of the valley of ten peaks are unforgettable.

Hiking-eh 7 months ago

Beautiful hike! The view of the valley is worth it!

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Grant Ko. 8 months ago

The lake surfaces are perfect mirrors for surrounding mountains. The beauty of Wenkchemna Pass is on a different level.

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Shelly Winston 8 months ago

Good hike. Nice well-maintained paths, but not ideal for the elderly and small children.

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Sammy Rickson 9 months ago

Nice out and back trail. The climb up was a little challenging but it's more of a moderate hike.Really worth seeing the Eiffel Lake!

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Parker L. 9 months ago

It's a great leisure experience! Hiking here was fun and exciting. Just don't forget to carry some bear spray as it's prime bear habitat.

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Alexander Ivanov 9 months ago

The initial ascend made me sweat a lot. I had to rest a few times because I always run out of breath. Either way, it's a splendid hike. The scenery was worth seeing.

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akaneogawa 11 months ago

The valley encompasses the magnificent cliffs, glaciers, wildlife, forest around Lake Louise !

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