Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel near Banff, AB

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
5 kms
Summer, Fall, Spring
Banff, AB
User NatC
Elevation - 2360m
Height gain - 430m


From the Lake Louise townsite you will want to head to Lake Moraine. Once you get off Highway town you just head straight through the town. About 2km past the stop sign at the beginning of town you will come to the turn off for Lake Moraine, make a left here. If you miss it and head straight, you will end up at Lake Louise. Parking is available at the Lake Moraine parking lot if your early enough or lucky. Not uncommon to have the road leading up to the lake be lined with vehicles parking.

Once you have found parking you will want to head towards the lake shore. Head left over the huge rock pile and follow the trail to Consolation Lakes.

After a few minutes you will come across the large slope of rock and rubble. There are many paths here, some look better than others. Eventually they all converge and your target is the gully in-between the two large cliffs.

On your way up you will come across a mini 'cave' on the right hand side which has a little walkway leading up to it.

Once you get the summit you can enjoy the amazing view. The summit offers a uninhibited view of Mount Temple and Lake Moraine below. You can also see the Consolation Lakes which saves you from having to hike out there too see the green pools. Another bonus is the couch, table, and TV! Some folks clearly had WAY too much time available and actually put together large pieces of rock that look perfectly like a couch, a nice coffee table, and a TV. There are even wooden sticks sticking out the top to look like antennas.

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By ChrisMarryPosted By: ChrisMarry  - Sun Jun 16 03:42:53 UTC 2019 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 You must go up there on a clear day, views are breathtaking! Going up along the right side of the gully using rock bands is actually interesting and protects you from potential rock falls. Downside If busy, it can be dangerous if people descending are kicking rocks. Accessing Moraine Lake is becoming more and more difficult, almost as bad as Lake O’Hara. An early or late start is recommended. Comment Jun 14, 2019 - Dry Conditions. Helmet recommended

3.75 km, 2 to 4 hours

// Elevation of 471 m NET, 491 m TOT & max 2325 m

This is such an amazing short scramble! We started late, just before 6pm to avoid the crowd for the parking and rockfall hazard. Following the Consolation Lakes trail for a few minutes, we cut just before the Tower and went up the rubble slope. We should have considered going up on the more on the right in front of the other outcrop where there are some trees for an easier ascent. This is the only frustrating part in my opinion. Once in the gully beside the Tower’s cliff, it is actually an enjoyable scramble up stairs-like rockbands on the right side. This allows you to keep an eye on other parties who could kick some rocks your way while going down. We were lucky and met 4 people only at the end of the gully. It gets steeper and narrower toward the end but still relatively easy with great holds. Once at the col, you are already rewarded with tremendous views of Consolation Lakes & Mount Babel. Turning left and up an obvious trail to the top of the Tower, views get even better with Moraine Lake, the Ten Peaks, Eiffel and Temple. This is a huge and beautiful natural terrace with a couple of other lower levels which one is easily accessible for a different perspective. Really worth it, one of our most rewarding scrambles ever! The scree was good going down and we were lucky enough to be able to use it, being by ourselves in the gully.
By jaims14Posted By: jaims14  - Mon Jun 12 17:17:05 UTC 2017 Not Rated GroupTrip Just posting to see if anyone was interested in a group trip on June 19th so I don't have to hike alone!


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