Taylor Lake Trail

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Distance:
12.8 km
Difficulty:
Moderate
Elev. gain:
636 meters
Time required:
3 - 5 hours
Bikes permitted:
No
Dogs permitted:
Yes

Directions to trail head

This hike starts on the west side of the Trans Canada, Highway #1. The parking lot is 36 kilometers west of the Banff townsite or 9 kilometers west of the Castle Mountain Junction. If the traffic is busy you may be risking your life to try and cross the oncoming traffic if you are heading west from Banff to this hike. It is easiest to drive all the way to Lake Louise, get yourself a coffee, and then drive back towards Banff. If you are heading east from Lake Louise, the parking lot is the first right hand turn after the turn for the overflow camping for Lake Louise. It may be because this section of road is under construction but as of July 2007 there was no sign for the Taylor Creek Picnic area which is where you will park.

Hike Description

The hike starts at the west side of the Taylor Creek Parking Lot. You cross a wooden foot bridge and then stay to the right following the creek. The trail is an abandoned fire road that climbs through the forest until it opens into a meadow a few hundred meters from Taylor Lake. At this intersection you can turn to the left and make your way to O'Brien Lake which is only about 2 kilometers to the south over a trail that involves some route finding or continue west to Taylor Lake. On the north shore of Taylor Lake there are some camping spots that are in an ideal spot for the stunning views of Mount Bell to the south and Panorama Ridge to the North.



If you hike to the north from the campground on the Panorama Ridge Trail you will find a wild flower filled meadow. The hike is a fairly steady climb of 636 meters over 6.4 kilometers. The photos below start on the left (south) side of Taylor Lake and follow the lake shore to the right (north) showing Mount Bell and Panorama Ridge. Follow the link to view the full size image of the hike created with Google Earth or explore the area by downloading the file.


Remember to call the Banff Information Centre which is located at 224 Banff Avenue and can be reached by calling 403.762.1550 for information about camping at Taylor Lake.


The GPS track for this hike can be downloaded via the file attached to this post. Go to the "About" page for directions prior to download or use of this data or any information in relation to this hike. Please submit your feedback and let me know your thoughts on the hike. If you have the the GPS data for other hikes in Alberta please send it along with a couple pictures to chris[at]hikealberta[dot]com.



Hike Photos

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