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Taylor Lake Hike

Where:

  • Taylor Lake

 

When:

  • April 3, 2021

 

Who:

  • Ed, Jace, Dave, Ian, Lisa, Rod, Bauer, Tomonori, Brandi, Todd, Jimmy, Gerard, Carolyn, Julie, Benji, Iniki, Honey, Bev, Tom, Ariana, Serena, Erin, Janet

 

Trailhead:

  • stay on Highway 1 for 8 km past the Highway 93 south/Castle Mountain junction
  • the parking lot is on the left hand (south) side of the road when heading west (17 km east of Lake Louise)
  • there is a turnoff lane to get across the highway
  • the trail starts from the far right-hand side of the parking lot, where you climb thru a metal gated fence area

 

 

Degree of difficulty:

  • 600 meters
  • 14 km out and back
  • the trail was a bit slick, so grippers were an asset
  • it is a gradual uphill with no major steep sections
  • the Taylor Lake hike took us three and a half hours
  • keep an eye out for downhill skiers, as they can come flying at you

 

 

Interesting notes:

  • most of the hike is in the trees, so the views are limited until you get to Taylor Lake
  • keep an eye out near the top of the hike for a left turn into Taylor Lake, and otherwise, you will end up in Larch Meadows (there is no sign)
  • Taylor Lake is very majestic as it is set in a cirque between Mount Bell, Bident Mountain, and Panorama Ridge
  • there are also views across the valley of Castle Mountain
  • the lake was named for George Herbert Taylor, a packer for A.O. Wheeler on his Dominion Topographic Surveys
  • you can take the trail 2.1 km beyond Taylor Lake to Lake O’Brien, and there is a faint trail that connects even further along to the Boom Lake trail