Park at the Mistaya Canyon
parking lot approximately 72kms north of Lake Louise
on the west side of the Icefields Parkway. Banff National Park.
trailhead at the
north west corner of the Mistaya Canyon parking lot. Follow the old lookout
access road down towards Mistaya Canyon. Work your way through the crowds, cross
the bridge over the canyon turn right and ascend the river bank. Continue on a
short distance until you reach a signed junction. Take the market Sarbach
Lookout trail heading south along the top of the Mistaya River. Continue on
through a mature spruce and fir forest then past a few marshy sections. The
trail then starts to ascend a few kms towards the lookout. Once you arrive at
the lookout work your way right, no trail here however views towards Howes Pass
and Glacier Lake are stunning. From the lookout you can also pick up a trail
heading to your left that turns into a difficult scramble over steep and loose
rock up Mount Sarbach. Sarbach Lookout was once a fire lookout from 1943 to
1971. The wooden tower and cabin have long been removed however a few weather
station pieces are still there.
Near Here: Local campgrounds include
Waterfowl Lake and
Louise. Trailheads to
Bow Lake Lookout
Alpine Climb are all
located near here.
You are in bear country.