Peyto Lake Trail Guide


Location: Banff National Park, 45 km from Lake Louise

Distance: 1.5 km return

Time:  30 min

Difficulty:  Easy

Elevation: 40 m

Highlights: The famous glacier fed wolf-shaped lake

Trailhead: From the Bow Summit parking lot along the Icefield Parkway. Trail head starts at the opposite end of parking lot entrance and leads to a viewing platform. 

Check out our visit to Peyto and learn how to bypass the crowds. Alternatively, after the Peyto lookout continue onto the trail on your left, there will be signs for a trail leading down to Peyto Lake, pass by this trail and continue walking until you find a trail that leads to an old fire road. The fire road will lead you to the Bow Lake lookout, continue walking until Peyto Lake comes into view. From this point you can scramble up the mountain for better views of Peyto or continue along the road for views of Bow Lake and the Icefield Parkway. *Taking the fire road will lengthen the time of your hike. 30 minutes is an approximate time to hike to and from the Peyto lookout only. 

Winter in the Rockies

"I've always wondered what winter in the Rockies might be like. Big frozen lakes, dry fluffy snow, waterfalls made of sculpted ice. The air cold and crisp and the sky an endless clear crystal blue."

"It was -20C and so clear and cold that air was sparkling with tiny ice crystals in the low slanted sunlight. It felt truly magical."

"The whole area around the Columbia Icefield feels barren and desolate and inhospitable even in the warm summer months, so we were certain that it would positively otherworldly in the howling winter wind."

Photos and story by Field & Forest. Check out the full details of their Rocky Mountain adventure here