Paradise Valley

To soothe aching muscles after a few steep days in Glacier Park, we decided to head to Lake Annette / Paradise Valley with its minimal elevation gain. While rated as a premiere hike in the ‘Don’t Waste your Time in the Canadian Rockies’ guide, I feel that it would have been better saved for a rainy day, and that the rating must have degraded since the removal of the option to make this a loop hike. The trail along the creek near the Giant Steps has been closed for rehabilitation. Nevertheless, it was a gorgeous day out, and the views of Mount Temple’s North face were quite a sight.

The in and out route runs about 22km, now that the return loop option has been removed
Looking up the valley towards Horseshoe Meadows, Mount Hungabee is the tall peak second to rightmost
Mount Temple and Sentinel Pass from the Giant Steps
Looking down over the Giant Steps
Mount Pinnacle and Eiffel Peak
The North face of Mount Temple
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4 thoughts on “Paradise Valley

  1. You mentioned that the trail to the Giant Steps is closed? We were planning on doing this hike on the 19th of August, do you think it will still be closed then? The only reason I want to do this hike is to photograph the waterfall. 😦

    1. The trail to the Giant Steps is not closed, it is just that there used to exist an option to turn this hike into a loop, or circuit (and many maps still indicate this). There was a trail that branched off near Lake Annette and linked almost directly to the Giant Steps, this would save regain of elevation, and a few kilometers on the return trip. You can still get to the Giant Steps, it will just take a little longer than it used to and it is now an in and out via the same route experience.

      1. Thanks so much! Also, there are only two in our group…I saw a notice saying that groups of 4 or more were required due to bears…would it be likely that a group would let us tag along with them? We will both be carrying bear spray and hiking poles.

      2. It is a pretty popular trail, so you should be able to meet up with others at the trail head, so long as you don’t start hiking too early or too late. I’ve done this many times on the trails departing from Moraine Lake, and often you end up meeting interesting people.

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