Albertawow

Taylor Lake Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 5 Star
Level: Moderate Time/Dist: 3 to 4 hours / 13.5K return Elevation Gain: 592m

Trailhead: Located between 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 Lake, O'Brien Lake signed trail junction. Keep going straight a few hundred meters to the east shore of Taylor Lake. O'Brien Lake is another 2.1kms from the signed junction. Taylor Lake is a beautiful crystal clear aqua green color. Mount Bell rises 725ms from it's south shore and at the west end of the lake there is a waterfall cascading down a 50m cliff face. The north east end is surrounded by an inviting meadow that I'm sure contains every wildflower found in the Canadian Rockies. There is also a five tent site backcountry campground complete with picnic tables, outhouse and food storage cables. The campsite area is to wet for tenting in the spring months. Snow melt above has the entire area soaked. Experienced scramblers can continue on to Consolation Valley and Moraine Lake. Taylor Lake offers good Cutthroat Trout fishing. You'll need a fishing license to try your luck, check regulations for closures. Nearby O'Brien Lake is only 2.1kms from here and is well worth the effort. Pictures below were taken in August.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek, Protection Mountain, Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon. Trailheads to Consolation Lakes, Paradise Valley Plain of Six Glaciers, Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass, Lake Louise Tea House, Moraine Lake, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemma Pass, Lake Annette, Lake Agnes, Mount FairviewMount Temple, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Bourgeau Lake, Johnston Canyon are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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