2 to 3 hours / 11K return
the Boom Creek Picnic Area on the
north side of the Banff - Windermere #93 Highway,
7.5kms west of Castle Junction just past Storm Mountain Lodge.
Banff National Park.
Locate the trail at the north end of
the picnic area, cross the bridge
over Boom Creek then follow the wide trail 5.5kms
to Boom Lake. The trail is well maintained and is
perfect for families with younger
children. Once you arrive at the lake work you're way
over and around the large boulders
(kid's will love this) until you
reach the shore. Further exploring around the lake is well worth the
effort. Views of Mount Quadra,
Chimney Peak and Boom Mountain are
The lake was named after a large
boom that forms at the south end
drainage Boom Creek. You can
also access O'Brien Lake and Taylor
Lake from the Boom Lake trail
it's a longer approach and
the trail is not that well defined.
If you can catch a warm sunny day in
late spring it's well worth the hike just
to see all the active ice and snow
slides that rumble down the
surrounding mountains. Eating lunch
in sight of active snow and icefalls
is an unforgettable experience. Boom Lake offers
excellent Cutthroat Trout fishing,
you'll need a
to try your luck, check regulations for closures. The pictures below were taken early June. The trail is usually
snow free by mid to late June but can be muddy. Boom Lake trail is also
excellent for cross country skiing. A winter wonderland indeed.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Plain of Six
Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
Canyon are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.