Banff National Park Trail Condition Report

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Trail Condition Report

Banff National Park of Canada

Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012

Banff trail conditions are variable this time of year. Expect icy, slushy, wet and muddy conditions.
Lake Louise Village has approximately 100 cm of settled snow as of March 27, and between 160 – 170 cm at higher elevations.  After an incredible run of winter weather, it’s finally spring, so expect variable conditions.
For detailed information, please call Banff 403-762-1550 or Lake Louise 403-522-3833.
Hiking/Showshoeing: Banff Townsite
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.
Condition Comments

Sundance Trail to Sundance Canyon
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Tunnel Mountain Drive
Fair Icy sections.

Tunnel Mountain Summit
Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended.

Hoodoos Viewpoint
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Marsh Loop
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Fenland Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Hiking/Snowshoeing : Lake Minnewanka & Norquay
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.
Condition Comments

Stewart Canyon Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Stoney Squaw
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections

Johnson Lake Trail
Poor Snow patches, wet, muddy and icy sections
Hiking / Snowshoeing: Bow Valley Parkway / Castle Junction Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy conditions becoming slushy, wet and muddy throughout the day.
Condition Comments

Ink Pots via Moose Meadows Trail
Fair Compact snow with icy sections.

Johnston Canyon Trail
Fair / Poor Compact snow with icy sections. Cleats recommended.
Cross-Country Skiing : Banff Area Trails
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Variable spring conditions – compact snow and icy sections becoming slushy throughout the day. No recent tracksetting.
Condition Comments

Cascade Valley – Lake Minnewanka to Cascade River Bridge
Poor / Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Cascade Valley – Cascade River Bridge to Stoney Creek Bridge
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Spray River Trail West
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Spray River Trail East
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Goat Creek
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Healy Creek
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Brewster Creek
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.
Crosscountry Skiing: Castle Junction Area Trails
CONDITIONS: Spring conditions, no recent tracksetting. PLANNED TRACKSETTING: Finished for the season. CLOSURES: Protection Mountain Campground loop closed due to tree removal, but an extra 2 km of trail east of there (under the powerline) has been trackset.
Condition Comments

Baker Creek to Protection Mountain
Fair Icy sections.

Castle Junction
Fair Icy sections.

Redearth Creek
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.
Cross-Country Skiing: Lake Louise Area Trails
CONDITIONS: Spring conditions, tracksetting is finished for this season. We had rain on April 12. Waxless skis recommended. RECENT GROOMING: April 9: Moraine Lake road (skating lane only). April 7: Moraine Lake road (classic and skating). April 6: 1A, Upper & Lower Telemark, Peyto, Upper Tramline, Fairview, Pipestone loops, Shoreline and lake Trail. PLANNED GROOMING: Finished for the season.
Condition Comments

Upper Tramline
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Great Divide
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Fairview Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Pipestone Loops
Poor Ski tracked. Dogs allowed.

Bow River Loop
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Lake Louise Shoreline
Fair / Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.

Upper Telemark Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Lower Telemark Loop
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Lower Tramline
Poor Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Moraine Lake Road
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Peyto
Fair Skier tracked. NO Dogs Allowed.

Campground Loop
Poor Skier tracked. Dogs allowed.
Hiking/Snowshoeing : Lake Louise Area
GENERAL CONDITIONS: Off trail snowshoe conditions are excellent at all elevations, especially for this time of year. However, if temperatures warm up, snow may become isothermic. Snow depths range from almost 100 cm in the village to 160 cm at higher elevations.
Condition Comments

Lake Louise Lakeshore
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

“Highline” Trail to Paradise trail
Good Compact snow

Louise Creek
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

Fairview Lookout
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

Mirror Lake
Good Compact snow with icy sections.

 

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