Taylor Lake

Taylor Lake near Banff, AB

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
15 kms
Hiking, Cross Country Skiing
Winter, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User xtremepeaks
NTS Map: 082N08

Elevation gain: 600m (2000ft). Distance is for return trip.

The trail starts with a moderate uphill grade to a bridge 1km up. There is steady uphill with switchbacks for the next 5 kms. After crossing another bridge the trail emerges to open meadows near the lake's outlet. An excellent campground is located here with great views of the surrounding peaks.

The Panorama ridge trail starts north of the camping and a 0.5 km hike uphill brings you to extensive wildflower meadows. One can explore these meadows leading into a forest of alpine larch over the next kilometer. The views and colors are great especially in September. This area is also a great destination for skiing.

The Taylor lake trail is a popular ski or snowshoe trip in winter, here is the Avaluator (Online Trip Planner) rating: Simple.


Drive the TransCanada highway west to Castle junction 150km from Calgary. The trailhead parking is 8km west of this junction on the left side of the road. Trailhead info and map is found at the back of the parking lot. Walk across the bridge to start the trail, turning right.

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

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By SteinfitPosted By: Steinfit  - Mon Jun 13 19:12:10 UTC 2016 Not Rated Question Has anyone hiked the trail this year? Is it relatively snow free?

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By PeptidoglycanPosted By: Peptidoglycan  - Wed Apr 01 04:07:51 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside Beautiful view of the lake in winter Downside No views until the top Comment Completed on March 28. After you cross the bridge near the bottom keep and eye out to your left for the trail up to the lake. The junction isn't marked. Snowshoes were never really needed but helped up by the lake. Microspikes make the trip up and down much easier as the trail is hard packed snow and is getting icy. I managed to get up and down in 4.5 hours.

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