Larch Valley – Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta

Winter photographs captured on a snowshoe of Larch Valley above Moraine Lake and south of Lake Louise Village, Alberta, Canada.

Larch Valley is commonly an annual sojourn in the 3rd week of September.  To see the stark comparison of Autumn versus Winter follow this link to Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass.

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Larch Valley in Winter – Banff National Park – Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks – Banff National Park

Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks – Banff National Park

Mount Temple (11,626 ft – 3,544 m) on return to Lake Louise Village

During this snowshoe trek, a snow squall roars from Paradise Valley over Sentinel Pass on my approach to Minnestimma Lakes.  The switchbacks to Sentinel Pass are completely obliterated by the sudden winter whiteout.  On the retreat, the squall ends at lower elevation by the time I make it back to Moraine Lake, nestled in the beautiful Valley of the Ten Peaks.  This is truly a magical place.

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7 Responses to Larch Valley – Banff National Park – Hiking Alberta

  1. June says:

    A colleague told me that Larch Valley is a place of extraordinary beauty when in autumn colours. Looks damned fine to me in winter as well. Thank you for showing me how beautiful it is.

  2. Laurel says:

    Beautiful photos! I would agree that Larch Valley is amazing, I think everyone should experience it at least once (although I prefer @ least once a season myself :)

  3. Barry says:

    June,
    In the third week of September, on a sunny day, it is absolutely amazing. Catch the early and late day sun if you can. A relaxing break at the top of Sentinel Pass, wedged between Pinnacle Mountain and Mount Temple, offers an expansive view of Paradise Valley on the other side of the Pass. There is a bit of a 1,500 ft grunt from Moraine Lake on excellent trail, but well worth it and the switchbacks up Sentinel Pass are not as bad as they appear.

    Laurel,
    No argument from me, and the left branch at the top of initial elevation from Moraine Lake leads you to Eiffel Lakes and on to Wenkchemna Pass. Much different but equally spectacular.

  4. DSD says:

    Just wandering through an Archive of yours Barry. ‘Magical’ place for sure… I’m just dreaming about some climbing up there today…
    D
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    • Thank you for taking the time to visit, D. It is a beautiful valley, particularly on a sunny day about the third week in September when the Larch forests turn golden. The view of Larch Valley and Paradise Valley from Sentinel Pass is always exceptional and the scramble to the summit of Temple is always a draw. It is a full days work from Moraine Lake but the vistas on a clear day are life altering. It is not a season opener or for a beginner but it is worthy of the growth required to get there.

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