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Friday, August 27, 2010

Stanley Glacier

Stanley Glacier is a popular hike in the area that I have been wanting to do forever! I finally had the chance this past week and it did not disappoint. To get there you drive from Banff towards Lake Louise and exit at Highway 93 (Castle Junction). The trail head is around 10-15 minutes down the highway, located on your left hand side (if coming from Banff).

This is a moderate hike without too much elevation gain (4.2km one way with 395metres in elevation gain). The trail starts with a few switchbacks and you walk through a burn area that was struck by lightning in 1968. I loved seeing how the forest has grown back since the fire; there were so many gorgeous wild flowers! The trail eventually opens up into a valley where you can see a bit of Stanley Glacier; it has receded quite a lot. This photo was taken looking back to where we had just hiked; it had just stopped raining and the clouds were gorgeous:

Once the actual trail ends, you have the option to explore the surrounding area. We went up to a waterfall that was coming off one of the Mountains; it was incredible! There are no set trails and it was a bit of a scramble to get to the waterfall; so I only recommend if you are an advanced hiker. You are also able to go a bit further to see the bottom of Stanley Glacier.

Remember to check hiking conditions with Parks Canada before heading out and bring water and a snack for when you get to Stanley Glacier; there are lots of rocks to sit on to enjoy some food before heading back. This hike is not recommended when it is windy, so please ensure you choose a non-windy day to do it :)

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