Tryst Lake isn't known for its larches. It's known for being a beautiful alpine lake in a beautiful alpine setting. Its larches don't rival those of Larch Valley or Pocaterra Cirque, but its lack of people--you may have the trail and lake to yourself--and setting more than make up for any lack of golden needles. As with Pocaterra Cirque, many people think the Smith Dorrien/Spray Trail is still closed due to flood damage, so there may be even fewer people at Tryst Lake, if that's possible. An added bonus is the high likelihood that you'll see one of the area's resident moose at the parking lot or the old road that the trail starts out as.
From Canmore, take the Smith Dorrien / Spray Trail to Mt. Shark Road (about 35 km from the Nordic Centre). Follow that road for a kilometre and turn left into the parking area. Hike down the old logging road for about 1.5 kilometers. A cairn on the right marks where the trail to the lake starts.
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Posted By: khilman
- Tue Sep 22 12:57:05 UTC 2015
UpsideGorgeous at the top - there's an extended trail around the back of the lake I would recommend taking DownsideIt was very muddy when we went - I would not recommend it to anyone with small children under the age of 8. I would highly recommend hiking poles! CommentEven if it's sunny in Canmore, it can be rainy and cold on this hike. It was very muddy from all the people trying to see the larches in September and I would NOT recommend it to anyone with small children under the age of 8 because it is quite steep and can be very wet because of the altitude. My husband, puppy and I were able to do it in a 2hrs round trip from the cairn, but that said we didn't try the little trail behind the lake because we were pretty cold and wet by the time we got to the top. I just wish it had been sunny!