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Hiking the Consolation Lakes Trail at Banff National Park

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  • Am Consolation Lakes Trail
    / Am Consolation Lakes Trail
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Einziger leichter Anstieg
    / Einziger leichter Anstieg
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  • Gemütlich geht´s durch den Wald.
    / Gemütlich geht´s durch den Wald.
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  • An den Consolation Lakes
    / An den Consolation Lakes
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Am Consolation Lakes Trail.
    / Am Consolation Lakes Trail.
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Der Lower Consolation Lake
    / Der Lower Consolation Lake
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Glasklare Consolation Lakes
    / Glasklare Consolation Lakes
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Map / Hiking the Consolation Lakes Trail at Banff National Park
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Easy paths take us to the crystal clear Consolation Lakes 3 km away.
easy
5.8 km
1:30 h
139 m
139 m
The Consolation Lakes 3 km southeast of Moraine Lake are accessible on an easy and flat trail within an hour. Therefore many tourists gather around the well-maintained paths. Who is looking for the calmness of nature around the lakes should get up early in the morning. The crystal clear waters, surrounded by a magnificent glacier panorama, are a real must for every tourists and an extremely popular photo spot.

Author's recommendation

The Upper Consolation Lake, which is not visible from the lower lake, but can be reached via a short walk on marked trails. The trail to Upper Consolation Lake however, can be very tedious because you have to walk over large boulders and rubble fields.
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Author
Hartmut Wimmer
Updated: 2016-01-06

Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Altitude
1964 m
1850 m
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Equipment

Hiking boots required

Tips, hints and links

Start

Moraine Lake car park (1864 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
51.329617 N -116.181042 E
UTM
11U 557057 5686799

Destination

Moraine Lake car park

Turn-by-turn directions

The trailhead of this fairly easy hike is directly at the Moraine Lake car park. We follow the signs for 3 km in direction of  the Consolation Lakes. The trail winds uphill through dense evergreen forest, and after an hour we are already on the shores of Lower Consolation Lake. Like the Upper Consolation Lake, it is crystal clear and offers fantastic views of Mount Quadra Glacier. Located on the western shores of the two lakes many large boulders cover the area - witnesses of several landslides at Mount Babel. Those who wish can continue on large boulders and scree debris to Upper Consolation Lake. The trail is not very well marked and is therefore much more demanding than the previous section. We then return the same way back.

Getting there

On Trans - Canada Highway to Lake Louise and further on Lake Louise Drive and Moraine Lake Road Drive to Moraine Lake.

Parking

Parking availabe at Moraine Lake parking lot (tipp: arrive early in the day)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.8 km
Duration
1:30 h
Ascent
139 m
Descent
139 m
Round tour Nice views Suitable for families and children Geological highlights

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