"If you don't like the weather in Alberta, wait ten minutes!" I was introduced to that expression shortly after moving here from Saskatchewan. At first I thought people were being a bit over dramatic, but the longer I live here the more realistic that statement becomes. That espression really hit home when Christine, Sarah, Jeff, and I hiked to Eiffel Lake in early September. We experienced all four seasons over the span of a few hours. Sunshine, rain, wind, snow, and drastic temperature changes were all prevalent throughout the day.
Eiffel Lake is located in the Moraine Lake area of Banff National Park. The trailhead is the same for the hike to Larch Valley. If you'd like more information about Larch Valley please read my previous posts here and here or the most recent story I did for Calgary is Awesome. Parks Canada rates the hike as 'moderate'. It's 5.6km one-way with an elevation gain of 370m. The trail splits off the Larch Valley trail after switchback section. You're rewarded with amazing panoramic views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks and a picturesque alpine lake.
|The turquoise waters of Moraine Lake. Is there a better starting spot for a hike?|
|Mt. Fay and the Fay Glacier above Moraine Lake|
|You can see the snow squall moving in from the right. Our view of the Valley of the Ten Peaks was obstructed by the snow for a brief time.|
|The snow disappeared as fast as it arrived and we were rewarded with some spectacular views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks|
|Our first view of Eiffel Lake|
|Christine and Sarah thoroughly enjoying the view|
|Jeff is dwarfed by the surrounding peaks|
|Eiffel Lake with Wenkchemna Pass in the background|
|Rain and cooler temperatures forced us to turn around after a quick lunch break|
|Rome, Sarah, Jeff, and Christine hiking back to the parking lot|
|I spotted this Pika playing in the Rockpile near Moraine Lake|