• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Stunning alpine views of the famous Valley of the Ten Peaks. A much more unique photo opportunity of Moraine Lake. Views of several prominent glaciers and the gorgeous Paradise Valley. The Eiffel Tower rock formation viewable from the summit. 11km roundtrip. 1300m of Elevation gain.

Starting from the parking lot at Moraine Lake follow the trail as it switchbacks up away from the lake. At a spot with two benches the trail will split, the majority continue on to Sentinel Pass and Mt. Temple, take the left fork, it will dip down to a rocky stream, cross that and ascend the skyline ridge.

At the end of the ridge there is an obvious trail that works its way up the scree slope, If you're going in shoulder season there may be a snowfield covering the upper portion of the trail changing this hike to a scramble where you'll have to be comfortable with simple route finding and some minor exposure.

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  • Water
  • Hiking Boots
  • Twizzlers
  • Camera
  • 10 Essentials
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Such a gorgeous hike. The moraine lake start is very touristy but the higher you go, the less people are around you. When we got to Eiffel, we were the only ones on the mountain. You start in a bit of tree coverage for a while but when you get into the Paradise valley, it's sooo worth it. Make sure you follow a guidebook because it's somewhat confusing. The mountain itself is a scramble the whole way but it's different types the higher the elevation. Lots of cairns that help you get to the top. It's kind of confusing once you get to the false summit but just keep walking up. The views are fantastically rewarding. On one side is Mount Temple which is known to be the hardest hike in the banff area. You're surrounded by the paradise valley and can see Eiffel lake bellow. Some people call this hike "Mount Temple Jr." so if you're up for a challenge, it's the one to do.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Dan Duerden

I'm a teacher in Victoria, B.C., Canada. The dream would be to eventually teach a combination of Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Social Studies and Physics. I have a passion for the outdoors, including it's protection, and a desire to ignite that feeling in others! Explore, adventure, and pursue your passions, no matter if they're big or small!

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