This is a fairly easy 9km hike in Banff National Park with a 155m elevation gain that leads to a beautiful waterfall with Mount Jimmy Simpson in the background. At the end of the hike, take a dip in Bow Lake to cool off and enjoy drinks, coffee, and amazing bison chili at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge cafe.

The trailhead begins directly behind the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on km 37 of the Icefields Highway. The trail is well marked and winds along the shore of Bow Lake for the first 1.2km of the hike. Eventually you will lead up to a narrow gorge and onto the crest of a glacial moraine. There are only a few spots where the trail is not as obvious, but just make sure to follow the cairns and you will be fine. All of the elevation gain is in the last 1.5km of this hike, so just save a little energy if you are hiking with children. Also, this hike is best in the morning as not only is it less crowded, but the falls will be in the sunlight. This is a great little hike right in the middle of Lake Louise and Jasper, and a great way to break up that part of the trip while exploring a trail a little off the beaten path!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod to capture those falls
  • Water or water treatment (access to a glacial stream the entire way)
  • Snacks
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking poles
  • Bear spray
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Fishing rod for Bow Lake before or after the hike
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RT Distance 5.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 508.5 Feet
Activities Stand Up Paddle, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Running, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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