Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: July-22-17

Fire Ban - Banff National Park

A fire ban is currently in effect for all mountain parks due to the elevated fire danger and to prevent the possibility of human-caused wildfires. Report all wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Warden Dispatch at 403-762-4506.

Banff National Park Closures due to wildfires

Please note that the following trails and currently closed due to wildfires: Healy Creek, Healy Pass, Whistling Valley Trail, all trails in the Egypt Lake region, Sunshine Meadows and Village area, Citadel Pass and Simpson Pass. Additionally, the following backcountry campgrounds are closed: Egypt Lake (E13), Egypt Lake Shelter, Healy Creek (E5), Pharoah Creek (Re16), Howard Douglas Lake (Su8) and Brewster Creek (Bw10).

For the latest information regarding the closures, please visit our Important Bulletin Page: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/Rec_Rep_e.asp?opark=100092

Additionally, the Brewster Creek Drainage area closure includes Brewster Creek Trail, Sundance Lodge, BW10, Fatigue Creek Trail, Halfway Lodge, Allenby Pass Trail, and Og Pass Trail. Assiniboine Pass Trail and Wonder Pass Trail remain open. The Bryant Creek area up to and including BR17 remains open.

Lake Minnewanka trail seasonal restriction is now in place

All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group of four, carry pepper spray and know how to use it. Dogs and bicycles not permitted.

It`s Berry Season! It`s easy to surprise a bear that is focussed on feeding on berries right now. To reduce your risk: Travel in tight groups, make noise while on trails, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

 

 

Banff Area
Condition Comments
Fenland Good Packed and graded
Marsh Loop Good
Sundance Trail/Sundance Canyon Good
Tunnel Campground Loop Good
Spray River West and East Fair Trail washed out in sections but passable.
Goat Creek Fair Trees blown down
Tunnel Mountain Summit Good
Surprise Corner to Hoodoos Good
Sulphur Mountain Good
Stoney Squaw Good
Cascade Amphitheatre Good Caution: Bear in area
Lake Minnewanka Area
Condition Comments
Johnson Lake Good
Stewart Canyon WARNING Bear Activity
Lake Minnewanka Shoreline Trail WARNING TRAIL RESTRICTIONS! Grizzly bears in the area: All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four! Carry pepper spray, and know how to use it. Dogs not permitted.
Aylmer Lookout WARNING TRAIL RESTRICTIONS! Grizzly bears in the area: All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four! Carry pepper spray, and know how to use it. Dogs not permitted.
Aylmer Pass WARNING TRAIL RESTRICTIONS! Grizzly bears in the area: All hiking parties MUST travel in a minimum group size of four! Carry pepper spray, and know how to use it. Dogs not permitted.
C-Level Cirque Good
Bow Valley / Castle Junction Area
Condition Comments
Cory Pass Loop Good BEAR WARNING IN EFFECT
Healy Pass CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Bourgeau Lake Good
Harvey Pass Good Packed and graded
Redearth Creek Fair Fire in the area: trail closed beyond Shadow Lake
Johnston Canyon Lower Falls Good Watch for ticks!
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls Good Mainly dry. Cleared of trees.
Ink Pots via Moose Meadows or Johnston Canyon Fair Wet and muddy sections, trees down on trail.
Silverton Falls Good Mainly dry.
Rockbound Lake Good / Fair Wet and muddy sections.
Boom Lake Fair Very wet and muddy
Arnica Lake/Twin Lakes Fair / Poor Wet and muddy sections. Snow at higher elevations.
Taylor Lake Good Wet and muddy sections
Castle Lookout Good Mainly dry
Banff Park South Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Trails are wet and muddy in lower elevation and snow covered in higher elevation.
Condition Comments
Bryant Creek Trail to Assiniboine Pass Excellent Caution - smoke in area
Wonder Pass Trail Fair Snowpatches
Citadel Pass Trail CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Brewster Creek CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Bow Valley Highline Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Trails are generally in good condition.
Condition Comments
Healy Pass Trail to Egypt Lake CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Whistling Valley Trail CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Pharaoh Creek Trail CLOSED CLOSED due to wildfire
Redearth Creek to Shadow Lake Fair / Poor Fire in the area: trail closed beyond Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake Good Wet and muddy sections.
Vista Lake / Twin Lakes / Gibbon Pass Not maintained Lower section good. Upper section poor
Sawback Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Trails are wet and muddy in lower elevation and snow covered in higher elevation.
Condition Comments
Elk Lake/Summit Trail Good Mainly dry
Forty Mile Creek & Mystic Pass Trail Good BEAR WARNING IN EFFECT
Forty Mile Summit & Sawback Lake Trail Good BEAR WARNING IN EFFECT
Johnston Creek & Luellen Lake Trail Good
Badger Pass Trail Not recommended Not recently maintained. The trail is overgrown and travel is difficult.
Pulsatilla Pass Trail Not recommended Not recently maintained. The trail is overgrown and travel is difficult.
Banff Park Front Ranges
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Trails are wet and muddy in lower elevation and snow covered in higher elevation. Many trails have minor slumping or have been eroded by the river. Travel by horse should still be possible for most sections but riders should be prepared to find detours.
Condition Comments
Cascade Valley Trail Fair / Good Mainly dry
Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good overall conditions
Condition Comments
Lake Agnes Good Mainly dry.
Pipestone Good Mainly dry.
Bow River Loop Good Mainly dry
Tramline Good Mainly dry
Great Divide Good Mainly dry.
Plain of Six Glaciers Good / Fair Avalanche debris on trail
Highline - Mirror Lake to Plain of Six Trail Good Mainly dry.
Little Beehive Good Mainly dry.
Big Beehive Good Mainly dry.
Fairview Lookout Good Mainly dry.
Saddleback Good / Fair Mainly bare and dry. Trees down on trail
Paradise Valley
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Good.
Condition Comments
Paradise Valley / Larch Valley Good Mainly dry.
Lake Annette Good Mainly dry.
Paradise Valley / Giant Steps Good Mainly dry.
Giant Steps Good A few wet and muddy sections
Sheol/Paradise Connector Good / Fair Avalanche debris on trail
Moraine Lake Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Slippery snow sections still linger on trails at higher elevations. Please use caution.
Condition Comments
Larch Valley Good Mainly dry. STAY ON TRAIL
Consolation Lakes Good / Fair Fallen debris on trail
Eiffel Lake Good Mainly dry.
Sentinel Pass - Larch Valley side Fair Occasional snow patches
Moraine Lake Highline Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail and Rockpile Good Mainly dry
Wenkchemna Pass Good / Fair Occasional snow patches
Skoki
Conditions are good/fair with muddy sections.
Condition Comments
Boulder Pass / Hidden Lake / Baker Lake Good Mainly dry
Deception Pass / Skoki Valley Good Mainly dry
Red Deer Lakes Good A few wet and muddy sections
Hidden Lake Good Mainly dry.
Icefields Parkway (Highway 93N)
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Generally good with some wet and muddy sections.
Condition Comments
Molar Pass Good Mainly dry.
North Molar Pass / Fish Lakes Good Mainly dry.
Helen Lake Good Mainly dry. STAY ON TRAIL
Dolomite Pass Good Mainly dry.
Bow Glacier Falls Good Mainly dry.
Bow Summit Lookout Good Avalanche debris on trail
Cirque Lake / Chephren Lake Good / Fair A few wet and muddy sections
Sarbach Lookout Good Mainly dry.
Glacier Lake Good Mainly dry.
Sunset Lookout Good Mainly dry
Sunset Pass Fair Wet and muddy sections. Trail overgrown with vegetation.
Nigel Pass Good / Fair Mainly dry
Parker Ridge Good / Fair Stay on trail.
Wilcox Pass Good Stay on trail.
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