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Lake Louise

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Lake Louise

Wanted some opinions on the below plan

-Lake Louise Gondola

-Saddle back pass

-Fairmont chateax (just to look at or pop in for a drink)

Would it work?

Also what is lake louise like and is it easy to navigate when you get there?

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1. Re: Lake Louise

Lake Louise (the "village" area) is adjacent to the highway in the Bow valley, and is a collection of visitor services (hotels, a hostel, a small shopping centre, visitor centre, gas station, police etc.). Lake Louise, the lake area, if four kilometres uphill from village, up about 175 metres or about 600 feet. There is a wide path along the northern and eastern shoreline, a very large parking lot (but still not large enough to meet the demand) and then the rest of the accessible shoreline area is in front of the Chateau LL.

Saddleback pass is a nice hike, and not as crowded as the tea house trails (Plain of Six Glacier or Lake Agnes), however, it's not as scenic either. If you are going to hike to the pass, I'd suggest going a little bit further and up Saddle Peak itself, for better views. However, I notice you mentioned in another post that you are coming in May. This will probably be too early to do this hike - the pass will still be snowbound, and in order to get to the pass, you need to cross a number of avalanche run-outs.

If not passable (or not safely), another hiking option that may be in better condition is the Castle Mountain Look-out. It's west facing, so usually accessible earlier than slopes with an eastern aspect (like the route up to Saddleback Pass). The views are pretty incredible!

Edited: 15 April 2017, 02:43
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2. Re: Lake Louise

Keep your eye on this webcam - it will show you what it is like:

http://cams.skilouise.com/cam9.jpg

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3. Re: Lake Louise

Thanks, are there a lot of different walking trails you can do at Lake Louise?

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4. Re: Lake Louise

I appreciate the detailed information. Do you think it would be a good plan to park at the Lake Louise Gondola, get the Gondola to Lake Louise and hike from there?

In terms of getting to Lake Louise Gondola would you put Lake Louise Gondola into a Sat Nav and it takes you there?

Also for the hike route you suggested would good walking shoes enough?

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5. Re: Lake Louise

The Lake Louise gondola is not at Lake Louise, so no, you can't park at the gondola and then hike the trails around Lake Louise. The gondola is at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, on the other side of the Bow Valley from the lake.

https://goo.gl/maps/jGL5ttxuyHA2

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6. Re: Lake Louise

Ok,thanks. Do you pick up the hiking routes from Lake Louise?

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7. Re: Lake Louise

Yes, all the Lake Louise hikes I'm aware of start along the shores of the lake.

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If you go into the visitor center or the parks Canada building in Lake Louise Village they will give you a list of walking trails throughout the area. Some are from the village and some are from the lake itself. The ones I've done are from the village as that is the hotel I normally stay at. There's a very good value if you do the gondola with breakfast or lunch as it's a reasonable lunch and well worth it

Edited: 16 April 2017, 08:21
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9. Re: Lake Louise

Do note that the summer gondola at the Lake Louise Ski Area uses the Glacier Express chairlift, which takes you only to mid-mountain. You still get a great view of the valley from there, but it's not at the top of the mountain, so it's not a 360 degree view. The lifts to top of the mountain only operate during ski season.

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10. Re: Lake Louise

Will be at the Fairmont before months end, what are the chances of still being able to walk on the lake at that time?

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