Paradise Valley Lake Annette Hike
7 to 8 hours / 22K return
Park in the Paradise Valley trail head parking lot located 2.5kms from the start
of the Moraine Lake road west of
the Lake Louise town site. Banff National Park.
First section to Lake Annette is a
shorter moderate day hike, 5.7km
one way with an elevation gain of
allow 3 to 4 hours return for Lake
Annette. To avoid Grizzly encounters in
this area Parks Canada has a
mandatory "Hiking in groups of 4 or
more required". From the Paradise
Valley trail head follow the well groomed trail,
within a few kilometers Paradise Valley
will come into view and you'll
quickly see why it was named so.
Mount Temple and the valley
ahead are stunning. Stay on the
trail as it crosses a few wooden
bridges over Paradise Creek then heads up towards Lake
Annette. After a few hours of elevation
gain, Lake Annette's
turquoise gem like colour will
suddenly appear right at eye level.
You'll be standing on a natural dam. If you
plan on continuing on towards the Giant Steps at
the end of Paradise Valley this is an
excellent spot to rest and eat lunch.
From Lake Annette, follow the trail
onward as it climbs higher through
subalpine forest. After another 1.5Km's
the trail then enters the bottom talus slopes of Mount Temples west face. Magnificent views
of Mount Hungabee and the end of
Paradise Valley will keep you
company as you hike along the bottom
of Mount Temple's towering cliffs. After a
short distance you'll arrive at a
signed fork in the trail. From here, you
can hike up to Sentinel Pass towards
Moraine Lake or drop down 1.7kms
Giant Steps and Paradise Valley
Back Country Campground. If you're planning to
stay overnight book your campsite
before the summer months.
The campground is
generally closed from July to the end of August due to Grizzly bears in the
area. This leaves a very short window for camping here. If it's not snowed in,
you only have a few week's to do so.
Interesting to note that on July
1st, 2013 I hiked in with a backcountry permit. Just after setting up my
tent I was flown out on the premise
there was a Bear in the area. Paradise Valley
backcountry campsite is beautiful.
Tent spots are woodframed level gravel
pads with nearby food lockers, picnic
tables and outhouses. The
giant steps are located next to the
campsite and one of the nicest
set of water falls in the parks.
Lot's to explore here. If you're
planning a trip into Paradise
Valley, you might want to consider
leaving a vehicle at Moraine Lake so
hike out over
Sentinel Pass over
This would make for an unforgettable Rocky Mountain experience.
Local campgrounds include
Castle Mountain and
Plain of Six
Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass,
Mount Fairview, Mount Temple,
located near here.
You are in bear country.