Autumn Beauty in the Mountains

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t thrilled to be waking up at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. We were headed to the mountains for a day of hiking and were told to arrive early at our destination as it’s a popular spot for hikers and fills up fast. We arrived around 9 a.m. at Moraine Lake near the Village of Lake Louise in Banff National Park and the parking lot was already about half full. By the time we finished our 9 kilometre hike around 1 p.m. the parking lot was full and vehicles were parked down the road.

There are several trails around Moraine Lake and we took the Larch Valley one. It was basically uphill the entire way (an elevation gain of 465 metres) as we climbed a mountain and eventually found ourselves in the valley. Fortunately this meant it was downhill most of the way back, however, going downhill can be tricky as you always have to have your “brakes on.”

There was a chill in the air and it drizzled on and off during the trek but overall the fall weather was pleasant. Was it worth waking up bright and early on a weekend morning? Definitely. This was my first autumn experience in the mountains and it was beautiful. Check out these photos from the hike.

Moraine Lake with some colourful canoes available for rent.
Moraine Lake.

The bear sign at the entrance of the hike. By law you’re required to hike in groups of four or more or you could face a court appearance and a $5,000 fine!
The white snow-capped mountains, the blue lake and the green evergreens.
Larch Valley.
The golden yellow larch trees.
The Larch Valley with a mountain backdrop.
The tiny people hiking beside a huge mountain.
An alpine lake in the valley.
People walking on top of Sentinel Pass. The Larch Valley hike leads up to Sentinel Pass.
In Larch Valley.
In front of an alpine lake (Sentinel Pass in the background).

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  1. Beautiful pictures, it is still in 80 degrees F here in Florida. It is nice to see Autumn has started elsewhere. That bear law is silly though, I don’t like laws that replace common sense.

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