Bourgeau Lake Trail

Bourgeau Lake Trail near Banff, AB


This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars
15 kms
6hours
difficult
Hiking
Spring, Summer
Banff, AB
User bikeal
NTS Map: 082O04

Elevation Gain: 710 m (2,330 ft).

This 7.5-km trail climbs the slopes of Mt. Bourgeau to a small alpine lake nestled high above the Bow Valley.

The path follows the course of Wolverine Creek, which delivers the outflow of Bourgeau Lake into the Bow River.

A climb of 725m is required to reach the lake, which is a lovely setting for a picnic before retracing your route back down to the trailhead.

For those interested, the path continues another 2.5-km and climbs an additional 300m to Harvey Pass, which separates Mt. Bourgeau and Mt. Brett.

Directions:

The trailhead of the Bourgeau Lake Trail may be found on the Trans-Canada Highway 13-km west of the Mount Norquay Interchange.

The trailhead is on the south side of the four-lane divided highway.



Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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By SamMisnerPosted By: SamMisner  - Sun Jul 19 19:22:24 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside waterfall, lake in basin with 360 degree views, wildflowers, well defined trail, mix of flat/incline/decline, scramble option Downside bugs, aggressive pikas Comment This is a great hike! (I joined this website just so I could post about the merits of this hike given the other reviews don't due it justice in my opinion.) This hike does start with a ~1.5 hr walk through the forest but there are patches with great views and the forest itself is very lush in summer. After this, there is a gorgeous waterfall, as good as any other you will find hiking the area. After the waterfall, there is a ~45min climb, which is tough but well worth it. It tops out into a beautiful basin with 360 degree views and wildflowers of all varieties. The lake itself is a beautiful rest stop. Watch out for the well-fed pikas though... they have no fear and will crawl into your backpack if you let your guard down. To the lake and back can be done in 4.5 hours, moving at a good pace. There is a an option to hike up to the pass after the lake; however, my group was satisfied with the trip to the lake and didn't venture further. I definitely recommend this hike!
By ghreqPosted By: ghreq  - Mon Jul 19 14:59:47 UTC 2010 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Great views of Assiniboine from the summit. Downside Too many people stop at Bourgeau Lake. Comment If you only plan to go as far as Bourgeau Lake you're wasting this time with this hike. It's an average lake in an nice valley but the real prize is just a little further at Harvey Pass. The trail to Harvey Pass is an easy hike with only a couple steep sections that you can take your time with. From Harvey Pass you get views of Assiniboine beyond Sunshine village. If you started early enough it's worth pushing on to the summit from here. It's not difficult as there is virtually no loose rock and isn't steep at all. It will make for a long day but the views from the summit are even better.
By alex.cormierPosted By: alex.cormier  - Wed Jul 23 23:40:37 UTC 2008 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Not crowded. Awesome Views of the Bow Valley, Sunshine Village, and Mount Assiniboine. Downside No pain, no gain. The hike from Bourgeau up to Harvey Lake is tough. Comment It is a steady uphill climb all the way up to Bourgeau Lake, which is pretty nice, but you really get the bang for your buck if you push past the Lake up to Harvey Lake and the three other small lakes. The climb is tough up to Harvey Lake, but well worth it. It will take ~1 hr for this little stretch, and the view of Assiniboine is breath taking.

Was not able to make it to the Summit due to a late start, but will definitely try another time.


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