3 to 4 hours / 16.5K return
Castle Junction and Lake Louise.
Park at the
trailhead parking lot 8kms northwest of Castle Junction or
18kms southeast of Lake Louise on the west side of the TransCanada highway. The
parking lot can be accessed from either direction.
Banff National Park.
Description: From the parking lot go
through the wildlife gate making
sure you close it behind you. Take
the trail on your right Continue on mostly uphill for
another 6kms and cross the wooden
bridges over Taylor Creek. Shortly
after the second bridge you'll
arrive at a beautiful meadow with
the outlet stream 'Taylor Creek'
flowing down it's south side. Stay on
the trail until you reach the Taylor
O'Brien Lake signed trail junction. Turn left here and cross the twin
wooden beamed bridge over Taylor Creek.
Keep going approximately 1.7kms
until you see another sign reading
"O'Brien Lake 1/2 Mile" pointing to
a trail on your right. A short
distance from here the trail drops
slightly down amongst thick bush.
Keep going and cross a couple of old logs bridging the outlet stream flowing out
of O'Brien Lake.Stay on the trail leading west towards the meadows. Once you
arrive at the meadows, stay left to avoid wet boggy sections. In a short
distance you'll arrive at the east
shore of O'Brian Lake. The meadows
and the lake are surrounded by Larch
trees that turn golden brown in the
Taylor Lake and
O'Brien lake can be completed the same day and well worth the effort. Both lakes
are beautiful, however O'Brien Lake see's less people. Pictures below were taken
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.