Bow Glacier Falls

Bow Glacier Falls 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
9 kms
3hours
easy
Hiking
Summer
Banff, AB
User bikeal
NTS Map: 082N09

Elevation Gain: 155 m (510 ft), all at the end. Distance is 9km return.

The Bow Glacier Falls Trail in Banff National Park.

leads you up a narrow gorge, which is treacherous when wet or snow covered, and onto the crest of a glacial moraine.

From here, pick your way across 800 metres of outwash to the base of Bow Glacier Falls, headwaters of the Bow River. This is a great place for a picnic on a hot summer day.

Note: this is a short day hike, therefore provision yourself appropriately. There is a modest climb of 155m required in the 4.6-km hike (near the end).


Directions:

The trailhead is found at km. 37 on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 north from Lake Louise). From the parking lot at historic href="http://www.num-ti-jah.com/"> Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, follow the trail past along the lakeshore and over the outwash flats at the back of the lake.



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By lanisPosted By: lanis  - Tue Nov 08 18:49:41 EST 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Awesome Hike in the Winter !! No one around except the occasional X-Country Skiier. Downside Cold wet boot after falling into icy stream. Comment Rappeled into the falls for some great photos.
By bfcoffeyPosted By: bfcoffey  - Tue Aug 09 23:51:00 EDT 2005 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Comment P.S. The boulder that Shelley is standing on is the 'trail' to the Bow Hut. It fell across the gorge, who knows when, and now is part of the official trail in.
By bfcoffeyPosted By: bfcoffey  - Tue Aug 09 23:19:07 EDT 2005 Not Rated Upside A nice, easy hike along the shore of Bow Lake and then the short stretch of the Bow River from the glacier to the lake. Downside Can be busy. Comment Only the last 1.5km of this trail is difficult. However, we saw some fairly elderly hikers in there taking their time and getting it done. Even if you only go to the gorge, it's still a nice hike.
Halfway through the gorge, the trail to the ACC's Bow Hut branches left across the gorge.
A note to our American friends - on your way back from the gorge area, take a look at the cliff 'face' of Crowfoot Mountain (on your right), the part that 'faces' Bow Lake. On that cliff 'face' is a very striking resemblance of the face of Abraham Lincoln. No photo added - that would be too easy.

Photos added by Shelley Coffey


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