Just 15 minutes away from Lake Louise lies this gem: Moraine Lake, surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
This is a smaller lake and has a smaller parking lot in comparison to its big sister minutes away. For that reason, if you are here in the middle of the day expect to park on the side of the road. Due to the higher elevation, it was still mostly covered in ice in late May. This is a perfect opportunity to walk closer to the middle of the lake and get a good look of the mountain range that surrounds it.
We came here twice in a span of 3 days. On our second time the ice was breaking up. In the next few days all this ice will completely melt and the water level will rise to where the tree lines are.
Moraine Lake has some of the easiest trails that lead to some of the amazing views. This makes Moraine Lake a suitable place for people in all age groups and any physical shape. A sub 10 minute hike on a stair-like trail leads to a high point, namely the Moraine Lake View Point. Because this lake is surrounded by mountain ranges, even at this high point there isn’t much wind so my adventure hat can stay put.
From here you can see south of Moraine Lake and The Valley of the Ten Peaks (it’s also the border between Alberta and British Columbia) and north into the vast wilderness.
If you are looking for a quick hike (or a long one) with a rewarding view, I strongly recommend Moraine Lake. Don’t miss this spot if you are in the Lake Louise area.