This easy (6 km is return distance - ed.), rewarding hike for the whole family offers views of glacier clad mountains and sparkling lakes plus a rich array of wildflowers and wildlife. From the Moraine Lake parking lot, across the rockslide at the foot of the Tower of Babel, head into the cool spruce - fir forest. Follow the murmuring waters of Babel Creek. Just before Lower Consolation Lake the trail opens and crosses a lush meadow vibrant with wildflowers through most of the summer. Few trails in Banff offer so much for so little physical effort.
Banff National Park: Lake Louise Area: Park at the Moraine Lake Parking lot. The Trail begins at the south corner of the parking lot. Note that congestion at this parking lot is a major problem during summer months as daily visitation can reach up to 5000 people per day.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Wed Jul 02 23:39:51 EDT 2014
UpsideShort and easy, great reward with Quadra Mountain and its glacier, stunning!
DownsideIf you don't get some elevation, you're missing something.
CommentWe passed by these lakes to get to Panorama Ridge Peak. That's a nice spot mainly because of the impressive glacier hanging to Quadra Mountain! If you get there, get some elevation to really enjoy the beauty of these 2 lakes with the glacier. See my review of Panorama Ridge.
Posted By: cdmonson
- Mon Jul 04 02:11:29 EDT 2011
UpsideThe trail is short and well graded--not steep at all. The final half mile of the trail is very beautiful. Lower Consolation Lake is one of the prettiest lakes I've seen.
DownsideA good portion of the hike is through forest. But it's a very pretty forest. Also, there's no defined lakeshore due to a rockslide--just boulders all over at the end of the trail. But those are the only downsides.
CommentThis hike is very easy for a lot of reward. We were running short on daylight when we did it. At our fairly brisk pace, we made it to the lake in 25 minutes, without killing ourselves at all. We also saw no one on the trail the entire round trip, though that's not too surprising at 8:00 at night. I plan on doing this one again and exploring a bit more.
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Fri Aug 13 16:03:09 EDT 2010
UpsideA very easy hike with a HUGE reward; spectacular consolation lakes. The scenery is truly breathtaking
DownsideThere is no downside to this at all
CommentMake certain to allow time for this walk if you are in the area, it is 2.9 km one-way with 65 m of elevation gain. Pretty easy and take only 2 hours. You will not be disappointed.
Also be aware that this trail is subject to Group Access during berry season when the Bears are out feeding on buffalo berry. When Group Access is in effect, hikers are required to travel in a tight group of four or more. A tight group means that the person in the front can comfortably speak with the person at the back at all times. Check with www.pc.gc.ca/banff before heading out.
Posted By: testudo
- Wed Oct 28 15:51:10 EDT 2009
UpsideEasy hike with a great reward.
DownsideA bit on the short side.
CommentPerfect for taking lunch and relaxing on a rock with a bottle of wine while watching the rock slides and avalanches in late spring.
Posted By: laracee
- Sat Aug 16 15:25:36 EDT 2008
UpsideNot crowded, nice destination
CommentMy son and I did this hike after canoeing on Moraine Lake. As I try to introduce him to hiking it's nice to have a short hike with nice pay off. Moraine Lake was so crowded I was surprised to learn that not many people venture on this hike.
Posted By: bfcoffey
- Sun Aug 07 00:37:32 EDT 2005
UpsideNot that crowded - especially considering the crowds at Moraine Lake
DownsideGenerally a requirement to have a group of six or more.
CommentSometimes the group pf six can be a good thing. We waited a short while, then picked up 2 Russians from Nova Scotia and 3 Americans from Virginia. The mix made for a very enjoyable hike.