Banff Hiking Trails

Welcome to our detailed guide to the hiking trails of Banff National Park. In an effort to assist you in selecting the perfect hiking trails that suit your interests and capabilities, we have categorized each path as easy, moderate, or difficult.

However, it’s important to recognize that these classifications are general guides and, depending on your fitness level, you may find some trails easier or more challenging than described.

We encourage you to click through and carefully read each trail’s description, assessing it against your own hiking ability and fitness level, to ensure the most enjoyable experience in Banff’s breathtaking landscapes.

Easy Banff Hiking Trails

These easy Banff hikes are perfect for beginners, families with young children, or those looking for a leisurely walk in nature. These trails are generally less than 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) round trip and have minimal elevation gain, usually less than 150 meters (about 500 feet).

The paths are well-maintained, with some of them being paved or flat enough that they are accessible for strollers and sometimes even wheelchair users. These hikes usually take 1-2 hours to complete, offering a pleasant experience without requiring significant physical exertion.

Click through to read each detailed post on the hike or read or Top Easy Banff Hikes post.

An arial view of Tunnel Mountain in Banff National Park

Tunnel Mountain Hike – Advice from a Local

Tunnel Mountain is a popular and easily accessible hike in Banff offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, ideal for all skill levels.
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Elevated boardwalks of Johnston Canyon hike in Banff National Park.

Johnston Canyon Hike: Ultimate Guide with Expert Local Tips

Johnston Canyon is a breathtaking natural wonder in Banff National Park, featuring stunning waterfalls, deep pools, and lush forested trails.
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The Silverton Falls hike in Banff National Park.

Silverton Falls Hike – Banff National Park

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The vibrant turquoise water of Lake Louise is incredible from the viewing platform on the Fairview Lookout hike.

Fairview Lookout Hike

The incredible Rocky Mountain landscapes and brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Louise attract millions of visitors from around the world.
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hike to Consolation Lakes in Banff NP

Consolation Lakes Trail

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Smith Lake in Banff National Park

Hike to Copper Lake and Smith Lake in Banff National Park

Some of the best hikes in Banff National Park are to some of its most famous lakes. On any given day, you’ll see hordes of … Read more
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mossy rockwall along Stoney Lookout hiking trail in Banff

Stoney Lookout Hike in Banff National Park

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The Johnson Lake hike is one of the best easy hikes in Banff, Alberta

Johnson Lake Hike – Banff

One of the most underrated hiking trails in Banff National Park, the Johnson Lake hike is an enjoyable short hike around the shores of a … Read more
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1901 Compressed air locomotive at the ghost town in Bankhead, Alberta

Bankhead Ghost Town

A visit to the Bankhead ghost town in Banff National Park is a unique opportunity to take an easy walk through a fascinating piece of … Read more
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Stewart Canyon near Banff

Stewart Canyon Hike in Banff National Park

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MOderate BAnff Hiking Trails

These moderate hikes in Banff are ideal for those with a fair level of fitness and offer a more challenging hiking experience. Typically, these trails range from 5 to 15 kilometers (3 to 9 miles) round trip, with elevation gains between 150 to 500 meters (500 to 1600 feet).

The terrain might include uneven surfaces, roots, and small rocks, with some steeper sections. Expect these hikes to take about half a day, providing a challenge without being overly strenuous. They are not usually recommended for very young children or those with limited mobility.

Dan Brewer, owner of TravelBanffCanada.com, walks along the beautiful shoreline of Lake Annette, near Mt. Temple in Banff National Park.

Paradise Valley Trail to Lake Annette – Banff

The Paradise Valley Trail is a scenic hiking trail with amazing mountain views that leads to the beautiful Lake Annette at the base of Mt. … Read more
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The plain of six glaciers trail offers a chance to see some lake louise glaciers up close

Plain of Six Glaciers Hike in Banff National Park

Beginning as an easy stroll along the shoreline of the world-famous Lake Louise, the Plain of Six Glaciers trail is an incredibly scenic and rewarding … Read more
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Bow Lake as seen from the Bow Summit Trail in Banff National Park, Canada.

Bow Summit Trail

The Bow Summit Trail is a scenic hike along the Icefields Parkway which provides epic views of the Canadian Rockies and elevated views of two … Read more
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Summer hike in Banff to ink Pots

Hike to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park

Hiking to the Ink Pots in Banff National Park offers a scenic trail that winds through Johnston Canyon, leading to a series of stunning, clear … Read more
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Lake Agnes Tea House at Lake Louise

Lake Agnes Tea House Hike – A MUST-DO Lake Louise Hike

The Lake Agnes Tea House hike is a scenic trail at Lake Louise that leads to a charming tea house beside a picturesque mountain lake.
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sitting at Taylor Lake with larches on the shore - best Banff Larch Hikes

Taylor Lake Hike in Banff National Park

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View of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise from hiking trail to Little Beehive lookout

Little Beehive Hike in Lake Louise

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golden larches on Larch Valley hike at Moraine Lake

Larch Valley Hike in Banff National Park (Updated for 2024)

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Eiffel Lake in Banff

Eiffel Lake Hike in Banff National Park

The Larch Valley trail may be the most famous of the Moraine Lake hikes, but the Eiffel Lake hike could quite possibly be the most … Read more
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golden larch trees reflect off the water on O'Brien Lake in Banff National Park

O’Brien Lake Hike – Banff National Park

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Difficult Banff Hiking Trails

The difficult hikes listed here are designed for experienced hikers seeking a challenging and rewarding adventure. These trails often extend more than 15 kilometers (over 9 miles) round trip and feature significant elevation gains of over 500 meters (1600 feet). Hikers will encounter steep gradients, rough and potentially hazardous terrain including loose rocks, stream crossings, and exposed sections.

Completing these hikes can take most of a day or longer, requiring good preparation and a high level of fitness. These trails are not suitable for inexperienced hikers, young children, or anyone with health or mobility issues.

The emerald green water of Bourgeau Lake in Banff National Park, Canada.

Bourgeau Lake Trail

The Bourgeau Lake Trail features a beautiful alpine lake and one of the most impressive waterfalls in Banff National Park.
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An old Rockbound Lake trail sign is nailed to a tree in Banff National Park.

Rockbound Lake Hike

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Wenkchemna Pass - Moraine Lake Hikes

Wenkchemna Pass Hike in Banff National Park

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Mountain views from Lake Minnewanka Hike

Hiking the Lake Minnewanka Trail in Banff

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Incredible Scenery from Aylmer Lookout hiking trail - Best hikes in Banff

Aylmer Lookout Trail in Banff National Park

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