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Default Recommendations for dayhike around Banff/LL at end of September (Sept. 27-28)?

Will be in the Banff area for a conference at the end of September. Planning on hitting Iceline in Yoho, and Ha Ling/Miner's in Canmore, but was looking for a hike in Banff/Lake Louise as well.


Planned on doing Paradise Valley Loop but it's only the 2 of us and not sure on likelihood of pairing up with other hikers to hit 4 person minimum for the time/day we want, so looking at other options now. We did Healy Pass last year, looking at maybe Plain of Six Glaciers or Skoki trail up to around Deception Pass, but open to other options. Wouldn't mind heading somewhere with some larches, as they're a little slim pickings (other than Frosty) down here in lower mainland. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Skoki - yes, but don't go to Deception. Do a CCW loop around Ptarmigan lake, making sure you visit Redoubt Lake then at north side easily get up Packer Pass / "Packer Peak" for possibly best views around
  • O'Hara - Bus still runs till beginning of Oct. So walk-up the road (11km, 2hrs, not a big deal) then up to Opabin Plateau which will still be larch heaven. Download 6:30pm bus, $10 CAD
  • Good choice in Louise area is Devil's Thumb . Views from Thumb will amaze you! Easy scramble, then on return can link with Plain of Six Glaciers for a loop
  • Paradise Valley is ok, but then continue up to Horseshoe Lakes (off trail past Giant Steps). Alternatively scramble up Little Temple above Lake Anette, then loop return via Temple Lake. I took some BC CTers there couple of years ago and they loved it
  • Taylor Lake, trailhead on west side of Trans-Canada about 5min north of Castle Junction. Easy hike in, but then after visiting the lake continue to Paradise meadows which is larch wonderland
  • Rockbound Lake (halfway between Banff - Louise at Castle Junction). 2hrs hike up (comparable with Rubble creek to Garibaldi), can be done fast. There are lots of larches around, incl. Tower Lake (equivalent of lesser Garibaldi). Could get up Helena Ridge, easy scramble above the lake
  • I'd not waste time on Ha Ling / Miner, it's a zoo now that they reopened it after year of trail reroute. If you must get up some peak above Canmore, EEOR across the road is better choice. But all these Canmore peaks are better in spring, not now
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  • Skoki - yes, but don't go to Deception. Do a CCW loop around Ptarmigan lake, making sure you visit Redoubt Lake then at north side easily get up Packer Pass / "Packer Peak" for possibly best views around
  • O'Hara - Bus still runs till beginning of Oct. So walk-up the road (11km, 2hrs, not a big deal) then up to Opabin Plateau which will still be larch heaven. Download 6:30pm bus, $10 CAD
  • Good choice in Louise area is Devil's Thumb . Views from Thumb will amaze you! Easy scramble, then on return can link with Plain of Six Glaciers for a loop
  • Paradise Valley is ok, but then continue up to Horseshoe Lakes (off trail past Giant Steps). Alternatively scramble up Little Temple above Lake Anette, then loop return via Temple Lake. I took some BC CTers there couple of years ago and they loved it
  • Taylor Lake, trailhead on west side of Trans-Canada about 5min north of Castle Junction. Easy hike in, but then after visiting the lake continue to Paradise meadows which is larch wonderland
  • Rockbound Lake (halfway between Banff - Louise at Castle Junction). 2hrs hike up (comparable with Rubble creek to Garibaldi), can be done fast. There are lots of larches around, incl. Tower Lake (equivalent of lesser Garibaldi). Could get up Helena Ridge, easy scramble above the lake
  • I'd not waste time on Ha Ling / Miner, it's a zoo now that they reopened it after year of trail reroute. If you must get up some peak above Canmore, EEOR across the road is better choice. But all these Canmore peaks are better in spring, not now

Awesome, thanks! I knew you'd have some good recommendations!

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