Bow Lake to Bow Glacier

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Distance:
16.4 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
530 meters
Time required:
6 - 8 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
No

Directions to trail head

Our trailhead is at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on Bow Lake. It is located 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise on Highway 93. (Icefields Parkway)

Hazards on trail

The trail is quite rough on places. Be prepared to scramble over rocks and boulders in places. There are also several small stream crossings involved.

Hike Description

A challenging but very rewarding hike from Num-Ti-Jah Lodge to Bow Hut, and then to the edge of the Bow Glacier. Follow the trail along the north bank of Bow Lake, and then along the creek coming into it. As you head southward, you enter a canyon with steps built into the hill. Shortly beyond the steps is a junction, with the right branch leading to Bow Falls and the left branch going toward Bow Hut and Bow Glacier.


Take the trail toward Bow Hut. Very soon you cross a rock bridge over the gorge below. Take care here as the rock is quite huge and does not offer great handholds.


Follow the trail through the valley until you reach the bowl below the glaciers. Look for Bow Hut on the ridge above and to the right. To get there, you need to enter the bowl, and cross several small streams along the way. Be careful here as the rocks can be slippery. Proceed up the ridge to the hut.


We stopped for lunch when we reached Bow Hut. Then we went further beyond to the edge of Bow Glacier about 1 Km beyond Bow Hut. After some sightseeing, we returned on the same path as we took on the way up. The Topo image below shows our return track from the glacier back to the lodge. The GPX file attached includes both the ascent track and the descent track and significant waypoints.



Bow Lake to Bow Glacier

Hike Photos

Elevation Profile Image

Bow Lake to Bow Glacier and Return
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GPS track of round trip.126.42 KB