6 to 8 hours / 14K return
The left hand side of the falls spills
out of the cliff face, an underground stream flowing from Caldron Lake. Continue
on as the trail contours along the top of Caldron Falls until you reach a narrow
slope crossing below Peyto Peak and cliffs below. The short traverse ahead
guards the lake and provides seasonal access only. This loose slope seems to be
in an accelerated state of erosion and likely one day impassable. Carefully
traverse the scree slope and continue on a short distance until you reach the
hidden jewel Caldron Lake. An overnight stay will allow you to summit Caldron
Peak and explore the vast meadows located above the lake.
Park at the Peyto Lake
located on the west side of the Icefields Parkway approximately 42kms north of Lake Louise. Banff National Park.
an unofficial trail and not designated it
follows a climbers route towards the
Wapta Icefields. It should not be
attempted if snow lies on the access
slope below Peyto Peak. Traversing
this short section of the route
risks a fatal fall over Caldron
Falls. Best attempted in late July
or August when the slope is dry.
Locate the trailhead a few meters
lookout. Follow it down towards
Peyto Lake. Once
you reach the lake stay left on the
flats heading towards the treed
terminal moraine straight ahead.
Locate the trail again on the left
hand side of the narrows and follow it
a short distance over the treed
moraine until it drops back down
onto the flats. Work your way along
the flats at the same time looking
for a safe way to cross the outwash
of the Peyto Glacier. Expect to get
your feet wet. Its worth the effort
to carry an extra pair of
lightweight shoes for the crossing.
There used to be a log bridge at the
end of the flats however it was
washed out years ago and has not been
replaced. Another option is to cross
the braided stream where it enters
Peyto Lake then stay right of the
narrows but this entails bush whacking,
bolder hoping and exposed eroded
slopes. Once you cross the outwash
head towards the right side lateral
moraine that leads up to the bottom
slopes of Peyto Peak. After a short
elevation gain cross the small
stream coming from Caldron Falls. As
you gain elevation up the west
lateral moraine the Peyto Glacier
and Wapta Icefields come into view.
Beautiful Caldron Falls keeps you
company as you continue climbing the
Near Here: Local campgrounds include
Waterfowl Lake and
Louise. Trailheads to
Cirque Lake Hikes,
Alpine Climb are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.