Larch Valley / Sentinel Pass
Distance 11.6 km return
Elevation Gain 725 m
Time Required 4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Moraine Lake Parking Lot
The hike into Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass is a must for any hiker wanting to have an experience that closely resembles the backcountry of Banff National Park. This oderate hike offers remarkable views of the Ten Peaks and, if you head up Sentinel Pass, the dreamlike vista of Paradise Valley. As the name suggests, this valley is spectacular in autumn, when the larch needles turn gold. With appropriate preparation, experienced hikers can continue from Sentinel Pass to the summit of Mt. Temple (3543m) for more jaw-dropping views.
Efiel Lake is a split. Hike if time allows
Cavell Meadows floral displays become quite lush as you climb to treeline. At another junction, paths join allowing you to choose your hiking route through the meadows. I would keep straight ahead on the main path, where you climb above and parallel to the lower part of Angel Glacier. A short hiking path goes right, to the nearby lookout. Keep going to the left on the main hiking trail, which divides. The left hiking option leads back down through floral meadows. We suggest going up the steep path first, to the cairn on a scenic ridge. Your return hike will follow the optional meadow route.