September brings the larch season in the Rockies, and with that crowds on some of the trails as people flock to see them. I headed up early Friday morning to Lake Louise to do the trail up to Saddleback Pass. The trail isn’t as busy as the Larch Valley trail (start at Moraine Lake), but the parking lot at Lake Louise does fill up later on in the morning. An early start also affords a bit of quiet time at the lake before the crowds appear. There was some snow the couple days previous, but the trail was mostly clear the whole way up. It’s fairly steep (595m elevation gain over 3.7Km), but the trail is interesting and scenic.