Hiking Banff National Park – Saddleback Pass / Fairview Mountain

The trail to the summit of Fairview Mountain is steep and short, which just about qualifies it as a conditioning hike. But two key factors distinguish Fairview Mountain from most conditioning hikes: 1) the trailhead is at Lake Louise, so you're probably looking at a bit of a drive to get there; and 2) reaching the summit rewards with outstanding views of Lake Louise, plenty of glaciers and range after range of Canadian Rocky Mountains. If you're lucky, you'll also enjoy an abundance of wildflowers and the company of a marmot or two along the way.


Hiking Banff National Park – Taylor Lake

Friends, family and physiotherapists have repeatedly recommended that we hike or snowshoe to Taylor Lake. We finally listened! To be honest, trail conditions also factored into our decision to hike to one of the most accessible hanging valley lakes between Banff and Lake Louise. The posted distance of 12.6 km and 585 m elevation gain …

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