Larch Valley - Banff National Park - Hiking Alberta

 

A winter hike or snowshoe into Larch Valley is a unique experience above Moraine Lake near Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

Winter photographs are captured on a snowshoe of Larch Valley above Moraine Lake and near the Community of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.

Larch Valley is commonly a habitual sojourn in the 3rd week of September for appreciation of the annual fall spectacle of golden larch trees.

The stark comparison between Autumn and Winter, is illustrated by reference to the Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass post.

 

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 over Sentinel Pass from Paradise Valley and the approach to Minnestimma Lakes.

The approach to Sentinel Pass is completely obliterated by a sudden winter whiteout prompting a hasty retreat to avoid becoming trapped in the unpredictable winter event. 

On the return hike from Larch Valley to Moraine Lake, the spontaneous snow squall ends at lower elevation within the hour taken for return to Moraine Lake nestled in the beautiful Valley of the Ten Peaks.  This is truly a magical and spontaneous place.

 

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